The leader of TDE, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith has turned the hip-hop world on its ear with all of the high profile news he’s been releasing since the beginning of the year. Plus, with Oxymoron (Schoolboy Q’s debut, projected to be number one on the charts by March 5th) officially out now, this is sure looking to be TDE’s year.
First, this news came to end 2013. It’s a bold claim, sure, but completely reasonable especially because of new signees Isaiah Rashad and SZA.
To start 2014 off, Rashad dropped his Cilvia Demo project. It’s a surprisingly thorough album, with a deep tale of his upbringing. The brash young rapper plays between an aggressive style and a soulful one, without having his lyrics suffer. Not to mention, his style is perfect for the “elegant” (just my own description) banger beats provided to him.
I like this guy’s swagger, and he’s got a knack for making catchy hooks that have a little bounce to them. It’s kind of like when you know that something just feels right. Nothing but promise on the horizon.
Here’s where it gets really good…
Now, about Oxymoron. It was good. Really good. The type of TDE brilliance you would expect. Through all of the different things that happened to have the album delayed, I can say now that it was well worth the wait.
“Man of the Year” and “Studio” are fantastic tracks ready to jam out with, while “Hoover Street” and “Perscription/Oxymoron” give introspective looks to the trials and tribulations of Groovy Q’s turbulent history. Even tracks like “Break the Bank”, which admittedly I wasn’t too keen on before the album, fits nicely into the atmosphere as a whole.
Black Hippy is full of talented lyricists, each with their own flavor. It has been dope to see the musical evolution of all of them, continuing to impress with each new release.
But wait…there’s gotta be something else….
Just when you thought that everything was going according to plan, as you sit there satisfied with that new Isaiah Rashad and Schoolboy Q, the fantastic news keeps coming.
Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and co-president of TDE Dave Free reveal in this latest Billboard interview that not only is a Kendrick album dropping in September, there’s also a Black Hippy album coming!
Not to downplay Kendrick’s upcoming release, that’s great news in itself. But this Black Hippy project news was not expected. Not after Ab-Soul spent so much time denying that there would be one.
Not after it seemed solo releases were the main focus.
Not after there has been almost no mention of this until now.
After all this time, one of the “collaborations supposed to happen” albums is finally getting created. “What better time than now?” has to be the thought at the TDE headquarters, as the crew is at the top of the Hip-Hop game.
Now if only some of these other supposed collaborations previously talked about would drop already (looking at you J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar).
Soooo, what can we expect then?
Expectations are high for this album, to say the least. “Say Wassup” is still one of my favorite songs released in the past 5 years, and I have every reason to believe that the group debut album will be right along those lines.
It really comes down to how they approach it. Official Black Hippy tracks, with each member adding a verse, has been a dream for Hip-Hop heads for quite some time, so those will be in high demand. Each artist has evolved a whole lot, and it will be interesting to see how their new styles match up. It’s safe to say that the sound of this upcoming project will be quite different than the days of “Zip That, Chop That”.
This should be good.
I’m excited for it, and I hope you are too. This is gonna be a good year in Hip-Hop, and TDE is leading the way.
UPDATE: HitsDailyDouble now has proof of Schoolboy Q’s number one album, as Oxymoron has sold 138,000 copies in its first week. You guessed it, that’s a number one album on the Billboard 200 charts. Congratulations Q!