Dave East is a rap star from Harlem New York. He converted from Christianity to Islam after a sinful life that brought him to prison. It's there in prison that he was exposed to Islam by a Muslim who shared his cell.
In an interview with XXLMag, he said "I was incarcerated for a little while in Baltimore, and my celly was Muslim. I was watching him pray every day, and his outlook on getting out of that situation was a lot more positive than the other dudes that were Muslim in the jail."
Impressed by the mindset and attitude of his cellmate, he started learning about Islam. It didn't take him long before taking the shahada and become Muslim.
"Islam really brought a discipline to my life that I didn't really have before. My old mindset was if they ain't helping me, I ain't helping them, but you can't live life that way. It's about what you can do, not how people are with you."
About the wave of Islamophobia throughout the US and the world he said "Islam has a negative outlook on it around the world based on what the media tries to show. They are not showing the peace. Deep down in my heart and what I've seen and what I've been around, there is nothing better than Islam."
Source: XXL Magazine