TDE’s Jay Rock drops a new freestyle track today and decides to show off his crafty street lingo over Pusha T’s “Numbers On The Boards” instrumental. Keeping things on the microphone straight raw, Rock spits bars influenced by the hood and his early days out on the block puttin’ in work. Kendrick also shows up on the track for a few ad-libs along the way.
TDE’s newest signee, Isaiah Rashad, links up with label mates Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q for the official remix to the rapper’s new “I Shot You Down” single. Take a listen as the TDE artists showcase their lyrical skills over the mellow track, reflect on life’s low points and spit street inspired bars.
See how it all went down during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards as TDE kicked off their highly anticipated cypher for the viewers at home. With each member delivering their respective bars on cue, no other artist proved to be quite as lyrically impressive as current West Coast Rap king Kendrick Lamar. The Compton native demonstrated his level of skill for the cameras as he did the honors of closing out the TDE cypher and effortlessly destroyed Mobb Deep’s classic “Shook ones II” instrumental.
The highly anticipated short documentary provided by Life+Times hits the net. Follow the TDE crew as they tour and prepare for the Budweiser Made In America Festival which is set to go down over the Labor Day weekend. Directed by Scheme Engine, go behind-the-scenes for an up close and personal look at the West Coast rising stars. Hear how it all came together as each individual breaks down their early struggles, love for the music, hometown and what they hope to accomplish in Hip Hop.
Guerilla Union links up with Kendrick Lamar for a new interview where he talks the early stages of Black Hippy and the philosophy behind the group’s movement. The Compton native also shares his thoughts on the group’s early plan to eventually come back together after establishing their own respective careers. Black Hippy will also be performing at Guerilla Union’s upcoming Rock The Bells 2013 Festival which starts September 7.
Rapper and recently turned reality star Mac Miller catches up with DJ Skee to share his excitement on some of the unreleased music he’s heard that will be featured on ScHoolboy Q’s upcoming Oxymoron album. Miller also believes that Q’s commercial appeal could potentially reach greater heights than TDE front man Kendrick Lamar and deliver platinum singles. DJ Skee also chimes in and jokingly agrees that Q is somewhat of a hybrid artist who embodies styles from both Waka Flocka and K Dot. Mac also reassures fans that Ab-Soul and Jay Rock’s new music is just as incredible and that each artist’s respective project is something special to look forward to.
As the interview continues, Miller shares his opinion on Lil Wayne and Rick Ross losing their lucrative endorsements with big brands like Mountain Dew and Reebok. With Mac being previously endorsed by Mountain Dew himself, DJ Skee proposes the question of what type of creative approach an artist needs to consider in order to successfully balance out these types of business relationships. Miller stresses the need for artists to first decide on how far they are willing to compromise their creative freedom and to meet companies halfway in order to maintain their integrity as musicians.