Top Dawg Entertainment is plotting a 2016 takeover. While Kendrick Lamar has earned 11 Grammy nominations for his sophomore studio effort To Pimp a Butterfly, the TDE camp appears ready to roll out releases from the entire crew.
“I’m excited for people to hear the new SZA album,” TDE President Dave Free told MTV News. “I’m stupid excited for y’all to hear the Isaiah Rashad album. I’m stupid excited for y’all to hear the new Ab-Soul. I’m so excited for y’all to hear Q’s album. Oh my God. These are songs I’ve been living with. I already know what it’s gonna do.”
“Anything’s a possibility,” said Free. “Everything’s a possibility, but I’mma say this too: Kendrick and Cole are in a place in their careers and in their lives where they have to keep going. Of course they’re two of the biggest rappers out, but they still have to keep grinding. There’s so much work that they have to continue to do.”
While Lamar was open to the idea in a Hot 97 interview last March, Free says that genius takes time.
“A joint album does sound great, but people need to understand, these are two geniuses,” he added. “These are two creative guys. It takes a long time for one of them to get in a space to create a song, so to get two of them in a space to do that, it takes a lot of time and energy. It all has to be a singular project, but it just can’t happen overnight.”
As for a TPAB follow-up from Kendrick? “It’s hard to say right now,” said Free. “Kendrick’s always working. He’s never not working. He’s always thinking of the next idea, writing down ideas or mumbling shit to himself…It’s too early to say right now, but just know that Kendrick is always working.”