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ScHoolboy Q, Westside Gunn & Conway Stick A Fork In The Competition Over An Alchemist Production (Video)

Today (October 25) is The Alchemist's birthday. The legendary producer, DJ, and artist has had the Midas touch in Hip-Hop for over 20 years, across the Rap landscape. From California to a New York City tenure, and an eventual return to the Cali' sunshine, ALC has made so many unforgettable... Read more

Alchemist, Westside Gunn & Conway Make A Song Inspired By Ghostface’s Early Days (Audio)

Over the last few years, Griselda Records has been quenching some of the thirst for Hip-Hop fans craving grimy and vintage sounds. Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine have been cooking up enough musical contraband sure to sooth every stick-up kids and petty thieves' soul... And really anyone who enjoys... Read more

Jay Rock’s Bloodiest Video Shows That Sometimes Nothing Is What It Seems

Jay Rock's just-released album, Redemption, has fans rejoicing. It's also a reminder why Top Dawg Entertainment built its foundation off his talents as an MC. The Watts, California native's latest LP has many real-life tales, but perhaps the grimiest and most vivid come from album opener, "The Bloodiest." Now, Heads... Read more

TDE Has Made The Funniest Concert Promo Video Of All-Time

Top Dawg Entertainment is taking its whole show on the road the 2018 Championship Tour. In January, TDE announced cross-country US dates for May and June. At the time, Kendrick Lamar had not yet won a historic Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition (the first ever going to an artist outside... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Reveals Tracklist & Release Date For “Black Panther” Soundtrack

On January 29, Marvel Studios hosted an early premiere of Black Panther ahead of its February 16 United States release. One of the most anticipated films of 2018, the superhero flick is bound to be a blockbuster success, thanks in no small part to its cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B.... 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

TDE’s Roster Is Full Of Champions. The Label Announces A 2018 Award Tour

Just 22 days into 2018 TDE appears sending a message about their top dog status in the music industry. With a Kendrick Lamar and SZA-heavy Grammy Awards airing in less than a week (January 28), and a Black Panther soundtrack to follow on February 9, Top Dawg Entertainment has now announced... Read more

ScHoolBoy Q Joins TDE’s Next Breakout Star On A New Song. Meet SiR (Audio)

ScHoolboy Q offers super-smooth support to his Top Dawg Entertainment stable-mate on “Something Foreign” the latest single from Inglewood, California singer SiR released today. Late last year, SiR said that he wanted to combine the worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B in a way that was uniquely his own. “Right now, the... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Takes The Classic Symphony Beat & Makes It A Gangsta Party (Audio)

ScHoolboy Q is putting the finishing touches on his follow-up to the Grammy-nominated The Blank Face LP. In the meantime, Groovy Q makes a welcomed appearance care of longtime collaborator, Traffic. After the pair worked together on 2016 video single "Tookie Knows II," Q is featured on the just-released All... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Explains What It Would Take For A Black Hippy Album To Happen (Video)

ScHoolboy Q conducted a recent interview with Montreality. Within the conversation, the Los Angeles, California MC discusses his affinity for '90s wrestling and details of his awkward "first time." However, at the 5:30 mark, Q makes some interesting points when asked about the potential of a Black Hippy album. "Everybody... Read more

ScHoolboy Q & Ty Dolla $ign Ensure Anderson .Paak’s Funky Hit Never Comes Down (Audio)

Throughout the last 20 months, Anderson .Paak has risen to become the latest musical mainstay from Southern California. In the last several years, he joins a class of peers and collaborators that includes ScHoolboy Q and Ty Dolla $ign, among a few others. On 2016's Grammy-nominated Malibu album, Paak put... Read more

Joey Bada$$ & ScHoolboy Q Awaken The Revolution On The Explosive “Rockabye Baby” (Audio)

"If you 'bout this revolution, please stand up," raps Joey Bada$$ on his new single, "Rockabye Baby." Featuring ScHoolboy Q, it's a dark, overcast call to arms. It's the latest from All Amerikkkan Bada$$, the forthcoming album from the Brooklyn MC who continues to prove time and time again that... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Recruits Some All-Star Collaborators For His New Album

More than two years ago, when Joey Bada$$ released his album debut B4.Da.$$, the Brooklyn, New Yorker did so largely free of major guests. Peers such as Raury, Maverick Sabre, and BJ The Chicago filled out the MC's debut. Even his Pro Era cohorts, who were instrumental to acclaimed mixtapes,... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Thinks The Grammys Shade Gangsta Rap. He Details Next Album (Audio)

This weekend, the 59th Grammy Awards will take place. The Sunday affair promises an on-stage collaboration between Q-Tip and Anderson .Paak and a host of high-profile Hip-Hop stars in attendance at Los Angeles, California's Staples Center. Even though the arena is just a few miles away from where ScHoolboy Q... Read more

SiR Is The Latest Signee To TDE & He Brings A Ton Of Soul (Video)

Over the last 5 years, Top Dawg Entertainment has grown into one of music's most powerful and respected record labels. TDE is the home to some of Hip-Hop's most celebrated MCs, including Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Isaiah Rashad. Those who follow closely, however, also know that... Read more

Listen To Some Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs Of 2016 & More In 1 Playlist (Audio)

2016 is officially a wrap. For many it will go down as one of the more challenging years in recent memory, but, no matter what may have transpired, it was a period in which a lot of great music was released. Skillz’s 2016 Rap Up Reminds Us Of The Year’s... Read more

Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock Bring Holiday Spirit To Watts (Videos)

In its third annual installment, the TDE Christmas concert and toy giveaway took place on Tuesday (December 20), this time at the Nickerson Gardens Projects in Watts, a neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. Label-mates Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, and Lance Skiiiwalker all put on for... Read more

Here Are The Best Hip-Hop Performances & Videos Of 2016

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

The Symphony 2016 Was Just 1 Of The Truly Amazing Performances & Videos Of The Year

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

De La Soul Make History With The 1st Hip-Hop Crowdfunded Album Nominated For A Grammy

The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards have been announced. Taking place on February 12, 2017, these awards appear to have historic implications, especially for Hip-Hop Heads of multiple generations and eras. Perhaps most notably, De La Soul is nominated for "Rap Album Of The Year" for their August release,... Read more

TDE’s Isaiah Rashad Serves Up Some “Free Lunch” And It Tastes Great (Audio)

After a breakout year in 2014, Isaiah Rashad has been relatively quiet since. The Chattanooga MC joined Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock in the 2013 Hip Hop Awards Cypher, as part of Top Dog Entertainment, and released his TDE debut, Cilvia Demo, just a few months after.... Read more

Hip-Hop Stood Tall In July. Here’s Some Of The Best Of The Month (Audio Playlist)

July was a tense and complicated month. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, both captured on film, led to national protests, heated discourse and some misguided shootings of police officers, presumably in retaliation. Political conventions held by the Democratic and Republican parties further divided the nation... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s “JoHn Muir” Video Shows All Good Days Don’t End Like “Fly Dreams”

Back in 1992, Ice Cube released his song "It Was A Good Day," off his album The Predator. The song was Cube's version of a perfect day in the 'hood in Los Angeles, and while it had universal joys, like finally connecting with a high school crush and being the... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Announces Blank Face World Tour Dates

ScHoolboy Q will be taking his widely acclaimed Blank Face LP on a world tour in the final quarter of 2016. The Top Dawg Entertainment MC has been busy promoting his fourth full-length album which so far has peaked at the number-two spot on Billboard's 200 and Rap charts, and... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Shows Why He Just Might Be The Last Real Gangsta Rapper (Video)

Since dropping his Blank Face LP on July 8, ScHoolboy Q has been showered with critical acclaim, not only for the lyrical content of his fourth album but also the visual masterpieces that depict beautifully nuanced portrayals of the street-life mentality from someone juggling various perspectives: that of a self-proclaimed... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Discusses His Historically Unique Feature Choices (Video)

Less than one week ago, ScHoolboy Q released his fourth album, Blank Face LP. The TDE/Interscope Records effort features appearances by Tha Dogg Pound, E-40, and Jadakiss, among others. Speaking with DJ Whoo Kid this week on The Whoolywood Shuffle Shade 45 radio show, Groovy Q explained his feature choices,... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Thinks Guns Should Be Taken Away From EVERYBODY (Video)

Anyone who has listened to a ScHoolboy Q album knows that he keeps it all the way real with his vivid depictions of gangsta life. Rather than glorify the lifestyle, like 95% of other rappers, Q's lyrics are grim and mournful, and he is quick to say that, while he... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Shows How Crime Is Tearing Apart Families, In His Video For “Black THougHts”

This past Friday (July 8), ScHoolboy Q delivered his fourth album, Blank Face LP. Distributed by Interscope Records, the TDE effort is a colorful journey through the mind, life, and times of a DIY-rapper-turned-star in the 2010s. Featuring a cast of esteemed Gangsta Rap vets (E-40, Tha Dogg Pound, Jadakiss),... Read more

Black Hippy Black Out On The Remix To ScHoolboy Q’s “THat Part” (Audio)

In the early part of the 2010s, the TDE all-pro collective known as Black Hippy lined up in formation more than a few times. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q came together to show that Top Dawg had incredible talent individually, and collectively. Like Wu-Tang Clan or D.I.T.C.,... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Discusses Stepping Away From Rap To Take Care Of His Daughter (Video)

Much like the title of his major label debut album suggests, ScHoolboy Q is an oxymoron. On the one hand, he is known for spitting some of the most unflinchingly real gangster tales in Hip-Hop, today. To hear him rap about his childhood and life as a young man is... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Strips All Sense Of Glamour From Crime On Tookie Knows II (Video)

Over the years, ScHoolboy Q has built a catalog of extremely raw and hard-hitting tracks, that detail some of the grim realities of life. On songs like "Blessed," he rapped about the impossibility of truly comforting a friend who had lost a son. With Oxymoron's "Hoover St," his pen revealed... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Releases A Grim Short Film Premiering His Song “By Any Means” (Video)

It's been an active week for ScHoolboy Q. Days ago, he teased a short film, directed by Jack Begert & Dave Free of tHe little Homies, for his forthcoming Blank Face LP (July 8), and yesterday, he revealed the eclectic and star-studded tracklist for the album. Now, he releases the... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s New Album Features Jadakiss, Tha Dogg Pound & More (Full Tracklist)

Since announcing its release earlier this year, ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP has become one of the most anticipated albums of the Summer. With an in store date of July 8, the LP is just over two weeks away, and details continue to emerge. Along with the first two singles... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Takes A Popular Meme & Makes Major Album Artwork

June 16 UPDATE: ScHoolboy Q has revealed that the previously reported Michael Jordan-inspired cover to Blank Face LP, as well as a since-revealed Donald Trump "Deluxe Edition" cover were purely promotional. Instead, the Los Angeles, California veteran took to Instagram to reveal his forth album's actual release artwork: OFFICIAL -... Read more

Hear The Best Hip-Hop Of May 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

As May helped us get ready for Summer, it brought the heat for Hip-Hop, too. De La Soul delivered on the promise of their new album And The Anonymous Nobody, with the scorcher, "Pain," and Redman announced a new group called 1000Volts, consisting of himself and DJ Jayceooh, releasing his... Read more

Jay Rock Speaks About His Motorcycle Accident For The First Time (Video)

February 15, 2016 was a day of mixed emotions for the Top Dawg Entertainment family. The record label, which is the home to Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SZA and more, was riding high as Kendrick Lamar took home 5 Grammy Awards, including the one for Best Rap... Read more

ScHoolboy Q & Curren$y Join Mistah F.A.B. For Cold Bars On A Chilly Loop (Audio)

Just hours after he unleashed his Sway In The Morning "5 Fingers Of Death" Golden State Warriors edition freestyle, Mistah F.A.B. promotes his next album in a more old fashioned way. Tomorrow (May 27), the Oakland, California veteran MC will release Son Of A Pimp 2. The star-studded, autobiographical album... Read more

ScHoolboy Q & Kanye West Join Forces On Their First Ever Collabo (Audio)

ScHoolboy Q is fast at work on his sophomore major label album. The follow-up to 2014's OXYMORON, which debuted at #1, just got an apparent major boost. "THat Part" features Kanye West, and follows April's "Groovy Tony" look. While Q has appeared on platinum albums by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis... Read more

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of April 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

For years to come, April 2016 will be remembered as the month that brought purple snow in the form of Prince's death. In the wake of his departure, there have been countless tributes in the form of covers of his songs, new releases dedicated to him, and vaulted gems that... Read more

Anderson .Paak Slows Down The Tempo & Turns Up The Funk In A Performance With ScHoolboy Q (Video)

When Anderson .Paak released "Am I Wrong," his first single from his album Malibu, last Summer, it was an uptempo Funk jam that featured ScHoolboy Q and a retro, almost Disco feel. As with almost all of his music, .Paak changes things up on the live version. With Q joining... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s New Single Is Groovy But It’s Still Gangsta (Audio)

It's been more than 2 years since ScHoolboy Q released Oxymoron, his major label debut album. However, the Top Dawg Entertainment artist has already been quite active in 2016. In March, he joined A$AP Ferg on the hard-driving "Let It Bang," and recent leaks of snippets, as well as words... Read more

A$AP Ferg & ScHoolboy Q Flash Back To 1996 With O.D.B.’s Son (Video)

A$AP Ferg just premiered his Always Strive And Prosper (April 22) single, "Let It Bang." Assisted by ScHoolboy Q, the song examines the ruggedness within both MC's families, and how addiction, incarceration, and the wild life were impressed upon Ferg and Quincy at a ripe, young age. Less than 24... Read more

ScHoolboy Q & Ferg Make The Latest TDE & A$AP Molotov Cocktail (Audio)

Before they were major label stars, A$AP Mob and Top Dawg Entertainment were making moves together. ScHoolboy Q has been especially close to the Harlem, New York collective. After appearing on Trap Lord's "Work Remix," Groovy Q and Ferg re-up for April 22's Always Strive And Prosper. "Let It Bang"... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s Original “Hoover Street” Was Over A Melodic Alchemist Production (Audio)

When ScHoolboy Q and Alchemist get together, special music typically results. Since 2012's Habits & Contradictions, the TDE MC and the Gangrene co-founder have made sounds together that really stand apart from the respective other work from both artists. When Interscope Records entered the picture in 2013, and started working... 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 Resident Engineer Ali Has Compiled 2 Epic Mixes of Their Throwback Music (Audio)

"Let it run, Ali" is a familiar-sounding phrase for Top Dawg Entertainment Heads. The crew featuring Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul (as well as their collective group, Black Hippy), SZA, and Isaiah Rashad was founded back in 2004 before any of their roster members were making it big,... Read more

ScHoolboy Q & Anderson .Paak Link & Urge All To Use Time Wisely (Audio)

Fresh off a two-pronged weekend single that has reached plenty of new listeners, Anderson .Paak follows with another strong Malibu look. "Am I Wrong" links the Compton collaborator formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy with another Interscope Records major player, in ScHoolboy Q. Q, as he does so well, plays an... Read more

Game Over! Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q & Game Bang On Wax Like Their Lives Depend On It (Audio)

For the last few years, many have said there has been a resurgence in West Coast Hip-Hop. They have attributed the renaissance to artists like Y.G., Problem, Nipsey Hussle and the 4-man Black Hippy tandem of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. While those artists have certainly been... Read more

The Game’s New Album May Be The Most Star-Studded Ever. Here’s The Tracklist for The Documentary 2.5

After months of anticipation, The Game is releasing The Documentary 2, the sequel to his heralded debut album, tonight at midnight (EST). As reported earlier, however, this will just be the first in a 1-2 punch combination. The Game also will release The Documentary 2.5 exactly a week later. With... Read more

Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & ScHoolboy Q List Their Vices With No Shame (Video)

A lot can change in 4 years. When Jay Rock released his debut album, Follow Me Home, in 2011, Top Dawg Entertainment was a fledgling imprint trying to establish itself. Though its core 4 artists--Rock, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar--had amassed a healthy following amongst Heads, they were nowhere... Read more