Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q both grace the latest issue of Billboard, which features the cover line, "The Tale of Top Dawg." In the cover story, both rappers talk about their respective careers, the growth of their record label TDE, as well as what they have planned for the future.
For Kendrick, that appears to be a new album by this fall. The CEO of TDE, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, says the Compton rapper and his label are shooting for September for Kendrick's second major label album. Moreover, Dave Free, co-president of TDE, believes the much anticipated Black Hippy album—which includes Kendrick, Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock—will also surface sometime this year.
Read the excerpt below, and visit here for the full cover story.
In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label's first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy - the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul - is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.
Kendrick also finally spoke out on the infamous, Drake-detested Macklemore text. K.Dot did not it "wack as fuck." "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," Lamar said in the same Billboard story. "He touched people's souls and no one can take that away. Really, the whole Grammy moment was incredible. No one can take that away."
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