While Punch’s tweet naturally sparked excitement, his followers were quick to temper their enthusiasm with a healthy dose of skepticism given TDE’s notoriously patient output, especially when it comes to their marquee artists.
“bruh cmon now … You know we never getting a TDE label album or a Black Hippie album stop gassing these folks bruh,” one follower replied, while another wrote, “Don’t let @iamstillpunch gas y’all up like this.”
A label album wouldn’t be the first crew project TDE has teased. Fans have long clamored for an album from Black Hippy, the core TDE collective comprised of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, who as a unit have produced a handful of collaborations including “Say Wassup,” “Vice City” and “U.O.E.N.O. (Remix).”
“We definitely wanted to do a Black Hippy album,” he said. “But it was such a learning experience for us, everything was new … When one guy would be recording his album, another guy would be on tour. Everybody was never in the same timeframe. So we didn’t want to hold back; we wanted to keep going and just push further into their individual careers.”
If the top dogs at Top Dawg are able to pull off a label album, the West Coast powerhouse would join a long and rich lineage of Hip Hop labels to do so. Master P’s No Limit Records bolstered their independent success with multiple compilations in the 1990s, while P. Diddy’s Bad Boy family issued the platinum-selling The Saga Continues… in 2001.
JAY-Z‘s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia famously started out as a Roc-A-Fella compilation before morphing into a Hov solo album featuring Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway and more. More recently, Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj headlined Young Money’s 2009 album We Are Young Money, while Kanye West‘s eclectic G.O.O.D. Music crew came together on Cruel Summer in 2012.
Such a project would serve as an ideal platform to showcase TDE’s ever-evolving lineup, which has more than doubled in size since their emergence in the early 2010s.
In addition to turning SZA and Isaiah Rashad into bona fide stars, the house that Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith built has recruited a string of Hip Hop and R&B talents including SiR, Reason, Zacari and Lance Skiiiwalker over the last few years.