For those awaiting SZA’s album, there are four days left in 2016 for TDE to drop the project before year’s end.
But CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith doesn’t seem too worried about making the deadline, as he said on Twitter yesterday (December 27) that the label dropped six albums this year — fans just didn’t know it.
Besides Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered., ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP, Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade and Ab-Soul’s DWTW, TDE also dropped newest signee Lance Skiiiwalker’s debut album, Introverted Intuition. And Top Dawg claims that the other new signee, known as John Doe #2 on his official white board, quietly dropped a project as well.
Reddit speculates that the newest signee is either Inglewood’s SiR, Bronx MC Kemba or Chicago’s Kembe X. SiR appeared on The Sun’s Tirade as well as Jay Rock’s 90059 album last year and he released his own EP, Her, this year. Reddit points out that Kendrick tweeted the project and SiR’s label, “iiinglewood SiR” has three “i”s just like Hiii Power.
Kemba dropped his Negus album this year and Reddit says he’s gotten support from Compton’s good kid.
Kembe X is managed by Top Dawg’s son Moosa and did release his Talk Back album this summer. Kendrick gave him a co-sign too by retweeting a link to his “Oxygen” song. Rumors swirled earlier this year that the Windy City rapper signed to TDE when he posted a photo of himself wearing a TDE chain. Top Dawg said the young gun was just a “friend of the family,” but was that just to keep us on our toes?
And revealing TDE’s newest soldier is not all that will happen in 2017. Top Dawg has promised even more music, which could come in the form of an album from Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q’s promised 2017 release, and possibly the proper follow-up to KDot’s To Pimp a Butterfly. We’ve got our fingers crossed for that SZA LP too.