Every artist no matter the genre looks forward to releasing their debut album. Debut albums are very important for artists. Especially in the rap genre, debut albums are everything. Just look at Drake’s Thank Me Later or Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City. Those albums threw them into stardom. Dave (Dave Burd) has been working on Penith his whole life, and after a trip to Rick Rubin’s house, he finally has it ready to go. We’ve been waiting on this for two seasons, and although the road was bumpy, we have made it to Dave’s debut album.
Album releases tend to consist of award shows, festivals, and tour dates. There is also a ton of marketing that typically goes into these things, usually through social media and radio waves these days. Dave and his team feel like he hasn’t been a priority for the label. GaTa (GaTa) also doesn’t exactly help as he’s starting to feel brushed to the side by Dave and his mom. Mike (Andrew Santino) is still trying to become a bigger manager in the industry after seeing Dave’s success. There’s a lot to unpack in this episode, and it’s all about friendships.
This episode is about Dave’s VMA performance and his friendships with Mike, GaTa, and Elz (Travis Bennet). He has to get on the same page with Elz and GaTa which those friendships have been shaky all season. GaTa feels like Dave doesn’t have his best interest at heart, and Elz has felt like he’s just lazy. Dave prioritizes GaTa and Elz sees his commitment through. After he and GaTa have a bit of a falling out, Dave comes through for him and we see a really great ending to the season finale.
In a refreshing move, Burd serves as the episode’s writer, and his contributions work to its benefit. And with Alma Ha’rel as the director, it all comes together beautifully. Burd understands the characters on his show more than anything and even sprinkled in some awkward Ally (Taylor Misiak) to show Dave’s character development. GaTa gives another great performance and really makes you feel for him. The chemistry between the cast is absolutely amazing, and this was a great ending.
This season is by far superior to season one. Even though we all what the season was building towards, it was still great. Dave’s character development along with GaTa’s was superb. The two have some of the best chemistry, and the stage performances have been great. They tackled a lot of topics this season, and it was fun to watch. I’m very excited to see where the show goes for season three, They set it up perfectly for the story to continue. Dave has finally gotten past his ego, finished his album, and is flourishing. Everything he needed to do to achieve his goal in releasing his debut album. – Rascal F. Kennedy
Dave is available to stream on Hulu and the FX app!