Punch Looks To Add His Name To TDE’s Champion MC Roster (Audio)
In 2004, Carson, California became the birthplace for one of the world’s elite Hip-Hop ensembles, Top Dawg Entertainment. With the additions of Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SZA, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, ScHoolboy Q, and multiple Grammy Award-winning MC Kendrick Lamar to a roster supported by CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and label presidents Dave Free and Punch, TDE has catapulted to the top of music. Of the aforementioned members of TDE, one such name has floated just behind the limelight, but with the potential for his debut album release this November, Punch may be the next MC to raise his status in the game to the top and writing a new chapter in the executive-turned-artist path.
For more than a decade, Punch has appeared on TDE projects in various capacities. Sometimes he raps, other times he provides background vocals. He has been heard on Kendrick’s untitled unmastered., Q’s Setbacks, and Soulo’s #ControlSystem, among others.
The 2018 season has already started strong for TDE, kicking off with SiR’s debut, November, and most recently with Jay Rock’s June 15 release, Redemption. It’s possible, now, that a project from Punch could be next. Two years ago, Henderson told Billboard‘s Andres Tardio that bigger plans were in his vision. “I think I’ma do a project for sure. I think I’m going to finally finish it because I write a lot and I record every so often. I think I’m just gonna go ahead and knock it out at this point.” Punch has been teasing Heads with potently conscious records for years, and his latest single, “God Complex (Council of Nicea),” is no exception.
With the tagline “something to think about, not dance to…” Punch delivers on point, lacing up an ominous, church-inspired percussion-based instrumental to bring his talents to new heights. Utilizing similarly God-themed verbiage to paint a picture of the culture he’s helped cultivate, “We gave hope to the hopeless / Created Rap laws like the Torah / I guess that makes me Moses,” Punch aims to separate his likeness from, not just the greater league of MCs, but even from the team he helped assemble.