TDE is the hottest label in hip hop right now. Known for their unique artists and their business model for building a fan base, Top Dawg Entertainment has built one of the most powerful labels in modern rap music. The roster includes the Black Hippy group (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) along with 2013 additions Isaiah Rashad and SZA.
Following the release of Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012, the group has been able to capitalize on the years of building core fan bases in a major way. TDE President ‘Punch’ said that 2014 would be the Top Dawg Takeover and it’s been nothing short so far with excellent releases from Rashad, ScHoolboy, SZA, and Ab-Soul. Now, if we can hear a little more about those Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar projects, this will come full circle.
Coming full circle seems to be the plan, however, according to Jay Rock. In a recent interview with XXL, Jay Rock mentioned plans for the entire TDE label to perform together around the world.
“Be on the look-out for us to come to a city near you,” Jay Rock told XXL. “I think we got a big tour being planned for next year. I don’t really want to talk too much because I’m not sure of the specifics but be on the look out. TDE is coming to a town near you soon, world tour.”
While there are no formal announcements or dates at the time, a collective tour would certainly make sense for the group following a year full of solidifying the reputation of the label.
Check out some highlights from TDE releases so far this year below.