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Where TDE Ranks Among Hip-Hop’s Greatest Record Labels

Kendrick Lamar made a rare and significant announcement in the last week: his upcoming album would be his last with Top Dawg Entertainment. For more than a decade, Kendrick has been TDE's flagship artist. He is even a part-owner in the record label responsible for taking SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay... Read more

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... Read more

TDE’s President Makes A Compelling Argument For Why Cardi B Is Like Tupac

Cardi B released her major label debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, last Friday (April 6). Within hours, the Bronx, New York rapper achieved gold certification for the Atlantic Records LP featuring YG, Chance The Rapper, Migos, and SZA, among others. In the days ahead the music industry will see if... Read more

Why Jay Rock Is The Unsung Hero Of Top Dawg Entertainment (Video)

In Hip-Hop, the first is not always the biggest. Just as football has its linemen fighting for every inch, Rap music often has its figures that blaze a trail, light a path, or move the boulders for another artist to shoot the resulting gap. This week, TDE announced its Championship... Read more

DMX Punching Chris Lighty Drew Blood Money From His Album (Audio)

This spring, the life and death of acclaimed record executive Chris Lighty has been the subject of an investigative podcast series. Combat Jack has created and hosted Mogul, a weekly look at the evolution of the man who managed A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent,... Read more

Footage Appears To Show 50 Cent Punching An Overzealous Female Fan At A Show (Video)

On Saturday night (April 8), 50 Cent joined The LOX onstage as a surprise guest during their stop at Baltimore Soundstage, for their Filthy America tour. 50 appears to be in good spirits, as he walks the stage, however, as he reaches down to extend his hand to a fan,... Read more

TDE’s President Punch Rhymes Better Than A Lot Of MCs (Audio)

Over the last 5 years, Top Dawg Entertainment, more commonly known as TDE, has grown into one of the most powerful record labels in Hip-Hop. The company's roster includes Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and SZA. As impressive as that group of artists may be, it... Read more

TDE’s Punch Has Insightful Commentary Over A Familiar Soul Sample (Audio)

Heads cannot sleep on Punch. The longtime Top Dawg Entertainment executive does not touch the microphone as often as many of the label's album-making stars, but he drops smart-bombs when he does—on others' songs or his own. The Watts, California industry vet takes audit of his life, survival, and a... Read more

Bad Lucc, Ab-Soul, Problem & Punch Flip A Rare Dr. Dre Remix (Audio)

Bad Lucc has been paying 10 years of dues. However, as he and his Diamond Lane Music Group label-mate Problem have witnessed, good things happen to those who wait. A onetime member of Snoop Dogg's Dubb Union (with fellow dues-payers Damani N'kosi and Soopafly), Lucc is among the new guard... Read more

Punch Makes A Potent Song About Living Past 25, With Kendrick Lamar On The Hook (Audio)

President Punch of Top Dawg Entertainment has begun transitioning from independent label executive to a thoughtful MC in 2014. No stranger to TDE's pre-Interscope releases of the early 2010s, Punch was part of the ensemble that made albums by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q so potent. His... Read more

Punch Reacts To Michael Brown’s Murder With Historical Illustrations (Audio)

Deeply affected by this week's tragic news of the killing of teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, Top Dawg Entertainment President Punch joined label collaborator J. Cole in reacting through music. Born in the post-riots Watts, Punch made a Steinski-like audio-essay remembering the 1965 Watts Riots. Set... Read more

Punch & Jay Rock Reveal The State Of A Project Mentality (Audio)

It has already been an extremely huge year for T.D.E. and one that has included the release of brand new projects from everybody in the camp. Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, and SZA have already released their work while many are waiting in the wings for upcoming albums from Jay... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s Complex Cover Story Breaks Down What A Guest Verse Will Cost Ya

To coincide with their new relaunch, shared its August/September cover story, with Kendrick Lamar. The event follows a Monday morning that perhaps featured some GQ competition with a Kanye West cover story. Both efforts, with arguably two of the current Kings in Hip-Hop (in very different ways, with differing... Read more

After Many TDE Album Appearances, Label President Punch Makes A Solo Song (Audio)

When ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and Isaiah Rashad are making big moves, Heads don't have to look too far to find Punch. Top Dawg Entertainment's President, and right-hand to Top Dawg himself, Punch has over a decade of experience in the game, understanding the business, the politics, and in large... Read more

Penalty Records Is Back. Guess Who Their First Signing Is…

Penalty Records put out some great Hip-Hop in the 1990s. Whether they know it or not, consumers of Capone-N-Noreaga's The War Report, Lord Finesse's The Awakening, and Crooked Lettaz' Grey Skies supported the New York City label. Neil Levine, a founder of Penalty, has re-launched the brand, now as Penalty... Read more

Terrace Martin – It’s Real ft Punch (Prod. 9th Wonder)

Terrace Martin is a talented up and coming producer who has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Kendrick Lamar and more. He's nice behind the boards...and the mic. For his latest, he grabs a hot beat from 9th Wonder. Check out It's Real featuring Punch. Related: Terrace... Read more

Terrace Martin – Lithium ft AB & Punch

Here's some new Terrace Martin. Check out Lithium featuring AB & Punch. Click here to  download.... Read more