Catapulting himself back into the rap syndicate limelight, Black Hippy underdog Ab-Soul has released what is probably the lead single from his upcoming LP DWTW. The song is called "Threatening Nature," and Soulo flexes his typical multilayered bars atop of a menacing instrumental as paranoid as the rapper's darkest theories. Give the track a listen, and sleep with the lamp on.
Earlier this month, Isaiah Rashad made his welcomed return with a new single, "Free Lunch," his first track since January. He soon revealed that he'd be the next TDE artist to drop an album, as he shared a release date of Sept. 2 for his yet-to-be-titled project. It'll technically be his debut album, as his last project, Cilvia Demo, released in Jan. 2014, was a 14-track EP. Rashad has come through today with another new track, entitled "I Mean. Yet again, it's a bold and triumphant effort from one of the most talented members of the game-changing California label.
Yesterday, TDE President Dave Free tweeted out the date "09.02.16," perhaps signaling at an imminent release date for a project from one of the label's signees. Fans of the LA powerhouse speculated that the next TDE release might come from Ab-Soul, SZA, or Isaiah Rashad, none of whom have put out a project since 2014. Signs now point toward the lattermost artist, as the young Tennessee rapper has shared a new single, "Free Lunch," on Apple Music.
Earlier this month, every member of the TDE sent the same tweet to singer/producer Lance Skiiiwalker, who had achieved little exposure aside from guesting on thee tracks on Jay Rock's 90059. Each of those tweets simply consisted of a question mark, and that was enough for people to speculate that Skiiiwalker is the latest artist to sign to the dominant California label.
ScHoolboy Q Feat. Kanye West
Even though we don’t have a title or release date yet, Schoolboy continues to promote his upcoming sophomore album like it’s right around the corner. In fact, Q recently announced that the album is already finished and turned in, meaning that it could be dropping any week here, so to hold us over with in the meantime he’s decides to keep the new music coming.
Surrounded by so much talent, it’s forgivable if you forgot that TDE President Punch is a solid emcee in his own right. As he usually does, he dropped “Gone” overnight to little fanfare, but the track is definitely worthy of attention.
The last we heard from Isaiah Rashad was his September single "Nelly." The infrequency of his output, though, has only caused fans to meet each new release with more anticipation, as everything he has put out has been more than worthy of the brand that's behind him, TDE.
House Of Sin
Ab-Soul Feat. King Rich
Today we’ve got an previously unreleased track from Pakk Music Group, "House of Sin." The track features King Rich, and the two emcees each get an extended verse on a track that features no chorus. Pakk Music has put together a tense beat featuring some minor keyboard work, but is carried but high pitched synths that would sound at home in a horror flick right before someone gets a knife in the back.
Every few months, or when you least expect it, TDE's President Punch comes through with a few raps of his own. While Top Dawg Entertainment harvests some of our favorite rappers in the game at the moment, Punch himself isn't too shabby either-- he could easily flow with the rest of TDE.
Traffic Jam (Easy Bake Remix)
Jay Rock Feat. Kendrick Lamar & SZA
After giving us the well-received 90059 album, we assumed Jay Rock would go back into hiding for another year or two. Not so fast this time around though, the rapper has been doing more interviews than usual (see our recent conversation with him below), and even announced a tour (albeit it's an extremely short one).
Over the past year or two, TDE label head, Punch, has been showing us his lyrical skills, picking up the mic and going in as a solo artist whenever he feels like it. However, the last time we heard from the TDE boss man was back in April when he released the track “Fear,” but now he’s back with another one for us called “Uninspired.”
A couple days ago TDE said that new material from Isaiah Rashad was on the way, and it turns out they weren’t lying. Tonight, the label decided to let go of a new track out of the blue called “Nelly.”
Work Harder (Freestyle)
Last Thursday night (September 10), when Jay Rock dropped 90059 a day ahead of its scheduled release date, the TDE spitter stopped by Power 106 in L.A. to chill with the L.A. Leakers. He was clearly feeling hyped about his new album, so he decided to turn up and spit some straight heat off-the-top. We haven't heard Rock freestyle for a minute, so this is a real treat.
Shadow Of Death
Jay Rock Feat. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
We're just hours away from the release of Jay Rock's 90059, and to prepare you for Rock's second studio album, we're taking it back to 2010, when TDE was just starting to make waves in Southern Cal.
Money Trees Deuce
Kendrick Lamar's "Money Trees" was a huge look for Jay Rock. Not only did he show up on one of good kid, M.A.A.D. city's best tracks, he also left quite an impression, contributing one of the most memorable verses on an LP full of them.
Electric Body (Tags)
A$AP Rocky Feat. ScHoolboy Q
After hearing the mind-bending, multi-suite "L.S.D.," there's no telling what each new Rocky drop is gonna sound like. When we first saw Schoolboy Q's name on the A.L.L.A. tracklist, we were brought back to their earlier collabs like "Brand New Guy" and "Hands On the Wheel," and we can tell you now that "Electric Body" channels that same dark energy, and it's scary good.
Over the past year or so, TDE label head Punch has been showing us his lyrical skills, picking up the mic and going in as a solo artist. Most recently, he showed up alongside his signees Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q on a remix of BJ The Chicago Kid's "It's True," and now he returns with a new solo cut called "Fear."
We haven't heard from Ab-Soul in months, but today, he leaked "47 Bars" to show fans he's still in the game. This is far from a mere throwaway, though. There are some genius rhymes sprinkled throughout, and Ab has something to say. The beat is a cosmic mind-melter from the always-reliable Alchemist.
Punch Feat. Kendrick Lamar
TDE President Punch continues to drop music that does his acclaimed-label justice. "25," his latest solo record, finds him addressing big issues within his community and out. It's a timely release that warrants more than one listen. Whether or not the song is going to land on any sort of larger project is still a mystery, but, if Punch's history of reader-approved releases is any indication, maybe it's time he starts pushing a full-length.
TDE's first lady, SZA, lived up to the crazy levels of hype that came with her signing with her great Z EP, and since that dropped in April, she's kept her reign going strong by touring and dropping a few one-off tracks. "Sobriety" is the latest of those, and it was produced by a team consisting of Chris Calor, Cody, LoveDragon, TDE gun-for-hire Sounwave and bass virtuoso Thundercat (whose indelible riffs you can hear on the tail end of Kendrick Lamar's "i").