Top Tracks: August 8 - August 14
In terms of the calendar, summer is winding down, but someone forgot to tell that to the rap game. We've only seen things heat up in the past week, with SremmLife 2 providing more than enough turn up fuel for the next few weeks, and P3 reminding us to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer flings before cuffing season arrives.
Isaiah Rashad Confirms Album Release Date
Isaiah Rashad left a date at the end of the his new video for Free Lunch -- 09.02.16 -- confirming that he will release his debut album on September 2nd.
TDE President Shares Mysterious Release Date
Earlier this year, TDE CEO Top Dawg suggested that at least 6 projects would be released by the label in 2016, one from each of its signees, as well as the possibility of music from two unnamed artists (one later revealed to be Lance Skiiiwalker). So far, TDE has dropped Kendrick Lamar's untitled, unmastered and ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP, meaning there's a whole lot more to come in the second half of the year.
10 Essential Sounwave Productions
Sounwave is one quarter of Top Dawg Entertainment’s in-house production unit the Digi-Phonics. Although deeply respected in the hip hop production community, he rarely strays outside the confines of TDE's roster of artists, and even within TDE he collaborates with Kendrick Lamar more than anyone else (although he did produce three tracks on ScHoolboy Q's new album Blank Face LP). Along with Terrace Martin, he was one of the chief architects of To Pimp a Butterfly's sonic universe.
Where Is Isaiah Rashad? Tracking His Movements Since "Cilvia Demo"
It's been 29 months since Isaiah Rashad dropped Cilvia Demo. The celebrated 14-track EP showcased Rashad's capacity for both the cerebral and emotional and left fans eager to hear more. Instead, they have suffered through a veritable drought. Other than Rashad's 2014 tour with ScHoolboy Q, the Chattanooga rapper has kept a decidedly low profile as he's prepared his debut album. In the words of Ab-Soul, the bench is getting warm as fuck. Read on to see what Rashad's been up to since Cilvia Demo.
Schoolboy Q's Album Is "Dropping Before Summer"
TDE CEO and unofficial spokesman Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith confirmed Saturday night during an impromptu Twitter Q&A session that ScHoolboy Q's album is dropping before summer. "Q still dropping before summer?" one fan asked. "Hell yeah," Tiffith responded. June 20 is the first day of summer, which means we can expect Q's album to drop on June 3, June 10, or June 17. Tiffith said the album's official release date is "coming soon," as well as the release date for SZA's album.
A TDE Artist Is Dropping New Music Tonight
Top Dawg Entertainment always keeps us on our toes, and we’ve all learned our lesson after they pulled the bait and switch by dropping new Kendrick when it was literally the last thing on everyone’s minds. Label CEO Anthony Tiffith is teasing us again, tweeting out very recently that he “will drop something when my plane touchdown in LA 2nite… kool?”
A TDE Project Is Dropping One Random Night This Week
Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith is really not playing. He’s been taking heat from impatient fans and label signees alike over the past few months, as people are itching to hear more from his label’s powerhouse of artists.
Kendrick Lamar Appears On The Cover of Billboard Magazine
The stage is set for Kendrick Lamar to dominate the Grammy Awards in a way few hip hop artist have been able to. His 11 nominations are the most for a hip hop artist in a single year, and publications like Billboard have taken note. He appears on this month’s cover of Billboard magazine.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
Freddie Gibbs May Be Going After Isaiah Rashad
Freddie Gibbs made headlines recently for stating in an interview that he considers himself on the same level as artists like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Whether or not you agree with him, Reddit user SaucyMustard has pointed out that Gangsta Gibbs may be subtly calling out TDE artist Isaiah Rashad in an Instagram post this morning.
TDE President Promises Four New Albums This Year
Top Dawg Entertainment had a strong year in 2015, releasing two fantastic albums in Jay Rock’s 90059 and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Don’t ever think that they’ll take a minute to rest on their laurel’s though.
ScHoolboy Q Celebrates His Birthday By "Bumpin" His New Album
ScHoolboy Q has been teasing a new album now and again on Twitter throughout the year, but he never gives away too much info. Today was no different, as Q posted on Instagram, letting fans know he was 'bumpin' his new album to celebrate "H day," otherwise known as his own birthday.
Isaiah Rashad Confirms Debut Album Dropping In 2015
Isaiah Rashad has released a frustratingly small amount of music after he dropped his critically acclaimed EP Cilvia Demo at the top of 2014. Last night on Instagram, he revealed some exciting news -- his debut album is coming before the end of the year.
TDE Confirms New Isaiah Rashad Material For 2015
As evidenced by Jay Rock's latest project, TDE are generally a pretty consistent bunch, and one of their more recent additions, Isaiah Rashad proved his worth within the crew with his 2014 debut project, Cilvia Demo. The release order within the close-knit label can be hard to keep track of sometimes, especially when the individual members are consistently claiming next.
Isaiah Rashad Teases A New Project Coming Soon
Isaiah Rashad has been quiet since joining the Top Dawg family in 2013. Though there have been whispers of a collab with Ab-Soul, he's only released one project via TDE, Cilvia Demo EP in February 2014. But it appears that we'll be hearing more from him soon.
Ab-Soul Hints At Collaboration With Isaiah Rashad
Both Ab-Soul and Isaiah Rashad have been noticeably absent from our lives. TDE definitely embraces the motto, "quality over quantity," often taking their time between project releases. Since Soulo's These Days... and the accompanying tour, the rapper has laid low-key, however he took to his not-often-used Instagram last night to throw up a photo of himself and Isaiah Rashad, hinting at a collaboration to come. Isaiah Rashad has been equally absent since his debut, Cilvia Demo in 2014.
Who Had The Better Verse: Black Hippy (Group Edition)
After years of embarking on a grueling journey to stardom, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock finally made it. They came up from nothing and are now swimming in the pools of success. Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q both stunned with their respective albums and have forged lanes of their own as Cali's most talented artists. Ab-Soul and Jay Rock aren't lame duck emcees either and can tango with any of your favorite rappers. With the burgeoning development of Isaiah Rashad and SZA, TDE looks to stay on top for years to come.
Isaiah Rashad Reflects On TDE, Names Jay-Z Above Tupac And Biggie
Isaiah Rashad has been making waves since his inception as a member of Top Dawg Entertainment, where he raps among the label's impressive roster, including recent classics like Kendrick Lamar. Isaiah finds that, “When I got signed to Top Dawg, I feel like I had something to live up to…I feel like I got an opportunity to open a lane for myself where that shit’s crazy.”
Isaiah Rashad Says He's The "Lil Homie" In TDE Crew
Isaiah Rashad has been part of the growing TDE family for a minute now, and as one of the newest signees he's probably still getting used to the ways of the label, and finding his groove within the rest of the Top Dawg crew. The release of Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo really put the Chattanooga native on the map, for those who weren't already up on his talents, and received plenty of praise, thus giving his name even more worth.