Not the Kendrick Lamar news I was hoping for, but it looks like the end of an era is coming soon.
The Hub City savior emcee has announced that he will be leaving Top Dawg Entertainment after his next album. We’ve been gifted with multiple mixtapes, projects and albums during his time with the label; including all three of his major label releases.
Alongside Jay Rock, Dot was one of the original artists on the label when it kicked off in 2004. For those who are unfamiliar, TDE is also home to ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, SZA, Isaiah Rashad and more.
“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” Kendrick says in a recent letter to fans. “The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.”
Kendrick and his longtime friend/manager, Dave Free, started their own company, pgLang, at the beginning of last year. Best to assume the focus will shift towards that.
Check out the full letter below.
Now Top Dawg himself has released a statement via social media and despite all the “rumors” from other blogs. All is well between the two.