Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg Cover Billboard

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Kendrick Lamar and TDE founder and president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith cover Billboard‘s new Hip-Hop Power Players issue. For the cover story, they sat down with Datwon Thomas to talk about the father/son dynamic of their relationship, Top’s transition from the streets to the industry, “Duckworth”, the formative years of the TDE label and how Kendrick came into the fold.

How would you two define your relationship?
Tiffith: I trust his judgment, he trusts mine. Some shit I’m tripping on, he might call me and change my whole mind about it.

Lamar: You don’t get too many people like him this side of the neighborhood. A lot of motherfuckers want you to see them down just like them. Or don’t want you to come up like them. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be sitting around with this motherfucking money and face and platform and not doing shit because I didn’t have the proper guidance to know exactly what to do and how to inspire the next kid.

Read the full story, which also features commentary from TDE executives Punch and Dave Free, here.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s “Vice City” Freestyle at Nickerson Gardens

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Image via Andres Tardio

Yesterday, the TDE crew held their annual Christmas Toy Drive/live concert event at the Nickerson Gardens houses and while big names such as Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and the Dreamville crew joined them to party and give back, one of the highlights was when Kendrick Lamar treated the crowd to an alternate verse during his performance of Black Hippy’s “Vice City” with Jay Rock.

Check it out below. Also included is the full video of K.Dot’s recent performance for American Express in Brooklyn.

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Here Are TDE’s Plans for 2016

Monday, February 29th, 2016


Top Dawg Entertainment only dropped two official albums in 2015, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Jay Rock’s 90059, and they still managed to be the most important label in Hip-Hop. Their plans for 2016 are decidedly more aggressive. Top Dawg himself posted the following image of a tentative release schedule that maps out the label’s plans for the remainder of the year and stokes speculation about one of their most anticipated and elusive projects.

The list does not include dates, only a list of artists that are slated to drop and notes about where they are with their individual projects. ScHoolBoy Q and Ab-Soul seem to be pretty far along (“sample clearance” and “mixing,” respectively) while Isaiah Rashad and SZA are still in the early stages of their albums.

Jay Rock’s name has “ER” next to it, a reference to the unfortunate motorcycle accident he was involved in last month. Next to Kendrick’s name there is an intriguing note to “get Top on the phone,” so I guess we shouldn’t rule out a new Cornrow Kenny project this year, although I’m not holding my breath.

Also intriguing are the notes about new artist “John Doe 1,” who is already recording, and a aspirational entry about a potential Black Hippy project to maybe, possibly arrive in 2017. The note next to that one reads simply: “Pray.”

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ScHoolBoy Q ft. Nas & BJ The Chicago Kid – Studio (Remix)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Nas throws a verse on Q’s single, and says he finished up his new album.

Previously: Ab-Soul ft. ScHoolboy Q – Hunnid Stax (Video)

Video: ScHoolboy Q & SZA Interview at FADER Fort

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Q and SZA field random questions backstage at the FADER Fort in Austin.

Hit the jump to check out “Show Me”, SZA’s new collaboration with Nemo Achida and 88-Keys.

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Video: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky & Crews Interview w/ The Breakfast Club

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Heads up: the audio on this is terrible.

The Breakfast Club talk to A$AP Mob & the TDE boys backstage at Power 105’s Powerhouse over the weekend. Rocky talks about redoing his part in “Brand New Guy” after hearing ScHoolBoy’s verse, Kendrick says he has nothing against Drake and they relentlessly try to bring up the “King of NY” line to stir some shit.

TDE Covers XXL

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Kendrick, Q, Ab and Jay Rock cover the October/November issue of XXL. Jonathan Mannion shot the photos and kris ex wrote the story, plus there’s an Outkast retrospective so this should be a must cop issue.

Previously: TDE Cypher @ The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers

Video: Punch of TDE Interview with #ALTV

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Punch, president of TDE, talks to about the support they get from Dre, how Oxymoron compares to good kid, m.A.A.d city, their deal with SZA, Kendrick’s “Control” verse and more.

Previously: ScHoolBoy Q – Banger (Moshpit) | Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (SLOWOLF Remix)

Video: TDE Presents Isaiah Rashad

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

TDE officially welcomes Isaiah Rashad to the family.

Previously: Isaiah Rashad – I Shot You Down (Video)

Video: TDE: Kilt The Club (SXSW 2013 Outtakes)

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Here go outtakes from Top Dawg Entertainment during their time in Austin, Texas at SXSW 2013.

Previously: Black Hippy Covers RESPECT