Top Dawg Entertainment Announces TDE: The Championship Tour With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q

Holy shit. Out of nowhere Monday morning, Top Dawg Entertainment announced TDE: The Championship Tour. As the tour's victorious name suggests, the two-month trek is stacked with TDE talent.

Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy Q are taking the TDE experience on the road starting May 4 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. They'll be joined by Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker. According to a press release from TDE Monday, more guests will be announced soon.

 

• @TopDawgEnt PRESENTS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR #TDE

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Get the full run of dates below:

  • May 04 Vancouver, BC* Rogers Arena
  • May 05 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
  • May 06 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
  • May 08 Oakland, CA* Oracle Arena
  • May 10 Los Angeles, CA* The Forum
  • May 13 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • May 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
  • May 15 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
  • May 17 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
  • May 18 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
  • May 19 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
  • May 22 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • May 23 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
  • May 25 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • May 26 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • May 27 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
  • May 29 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
  • May 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Jun 01 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live
  • Jun 02 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
  • Jun 03 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • Jun 05 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
  • Jun 07 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
  • Jun 08 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
  • Jun 09 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Jun 12 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
  • Jun 13 Detroit, MI* DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • Jun 15 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Jun 16 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion

Ticket sales begin Jan. 26 at noon local time via Ticketmaster. Dates marked with an asterisk will give fans an early start with an American Express presale Jan. 23.

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Ahead of the tour you better spend your summer following around the country, the TDE team is blessing fans with Black Panther: The Album. The album features lead single “All The Stars,” as well as more songs curated and produced by Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. For the batch of new original songs, Lamar worked closely with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

“Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said when announcing the album, which marks the first time he's been involved with such a project. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture.”

Black Panther: The Album is expected to drop Feb. 9.

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Did Jay Rock Take Shots at Big Sean on “King’s Dead”?

Jay Rock's star-studded single “King's Dead” features labelmate Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake, along with solid production from Mike Will Made-It and Teddy Walton. That alone should get people talking, but it also sounds like the Watts representative has bars for a certain rapper: Big Sean. Though the suspected references are subtle, the theory isn’t much of a reach when you consider Sean’s ongoing feud with Kendrick.

Let’s take a look at some of the lyrics.

At the beginning of his verse, Jay uses the term “lil bitch,” which is a regular Sean ad-lib and one that Kendrick used on “The Heart Part 4.” (That song was also suspected of being a Sean diss track).

And it's like that, lil bitch
MVP, I get no sleep
No, I don't like that, lil bitch
Bust that open, I want that ocean
Yeah that bite back, lil bitch
Do it bite back, lil bitch?
Need two life jackets, lil bitch

Jay then goes on to rap: “I ain't gon’ hold you, I ain't gon’ press you, never control you/I ain't gon’ front you, keep it 100, I don't know you.” The use of the word “control” could be a reference to Sean’s 2013 song “Control” featuring Kendrick and Jay Electronica. The No I.D.-produced record seemingly sparked the beef between the rappers, as K-Dot rapped:

And them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, ASAP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all, but I'm tryna murder you niggas

Though Sean insisted he approved Kendrick’s verse, “Control” was ultimately left off his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. Which brings us to exhibit C: Jay later raps, “Stutter steppin', got a Hall of Fame in all my posters.” Interesting.

And then we have these lines: “My bitch been ready, my clique's been ready/My shit's been ready, my check's been ready.” Though it may be a stretch, the use of the word “clique” could be alluding to Sean’s feature on the Cruel Summer track “Clique,” with Kanye West and Jay Z.  

So, was Jay actually taking subtle jabs at Sean? You be the judge. “King’s Dead” is now available to stream on SoundCloud. The track is the lead single off Jay's upcoming studio album, and will appear on the Black Panther soundtrack.

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Kendrick Lamar is producing the new ‘Black Panther: The Album’ soundtrack.

Here’s a List Albums We’re Still Waiting On in 2018

2017 was a banner year for hip-hop. Fans got projects from their favorite legends (Jay Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Big Boi, Gucci Mane) and new legends (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil B, Vince Staples, Rapsody), as well as got introduced to a slew of upcoming artists that are looking to make an impact in 2018. Yet, even with such an abundance of music to choose from, we’re still waiting on albums by the likes of Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Travis Scott, The Internet, and much more.

In regards to Earl, he has promised new music in 2018, which is good news for people who have been anticipating a follow-up to his 2015 output, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Travis Scott and Quavo gave us an early Christmas present with Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, but Scott’s AstroWorld  and a Quavo solo project will likely be the most-talked about albums of the New Year. Finally, after months of singles and killer verses over some popular songs, Nicki Minaj is poised to remind everyone why she’s one of the greatest MCs and a pop force with her new album.

Certainly there’s plenty of more albums we’re anticipating, but here’s a list of albums that we need right now.

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The First Week Numbers for Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Are In

Eminem earned his eighth consecutive No. 1 debut after Nielsen confirmed Revival sold 267,000 equivalent album units during its initial week of release. The Shady brand is apparently still strong at retail, as Billboard reports 197,000 of the aforementioned 267,000 album units were traditional album sales. Per Billboard’s “multi-metric consumption” rule, that would leave 70,000 units comprised of from either track equivalent sales or digital streams.

Billboard noted that while Jay Z, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones also have eight No. 1 albums, no other artist has eight No. 1 chart entries in a row.

The updated figures give Eminem the third-largest sales week in hip-hop behind Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Drake’s More Life.

Marshall Mathers’ ascension to the top of the charts naturally means the previous leader has been dethroned. As such, Taylor Swift now occupies the second position, after Reputation racked up another 133,000 in sales last week and currently sits just shy of double platinum status.

The Beautiful & Damned by G-Eazy is the country’s third best-selling album, largely powered by the Cardi B and ASAP Rocky collaboration “No Limit.”

Ed Sheeran continues to flex sales appeal from across the pond as ÷ (Divide) boasts sales of 90,000 units to claim the fourth spot on the top albums chart.

Elsewhere, Jeezy’s Pressure gives Da Snowman his ninth album to hit Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. Jeezy’s latest joins the top 10 thanks to 72,000 album equivalent units sold with traditional sales accounting for 54,000.

“The rapper has yet to miss the top 10 with a charting album, stretching back to his debut on the list, 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which peaked at No. 2,” noted Billboard. “Among his nine top 10s are three No. 1s: The Inspiration (2006), The Recession (2008) and Trap or Die 3 (2016).”

You can read the full top 10 report via Billboard. And read our 2017 cover story on Em here.

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Watch DRAM Get Interviewed by Puppies

When the twisted minds behind Hounded first conceived of the show, DRAM's name was circled in red at the top of our guest wish list. His buoyant personality, excellent music, and pro-dog lifestyle put him squarely in our sights—but it almost didn't happen.

Because DRAM's been busy in 2017. He opened for Kendrick Lamar on the latter's DAMN. tour, dropped a bunch of videos, released the #1HappyHoliday EP and high-profile collaborations with the likes of Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti, gifted us a deluxe version of Big Baby D.R.A.M.—the list goes on. 

So the anticipation was real by the time DRAM faced off with the puppies of Hounded (baby bulldogs this time), and the Virginia crooner didn't disappoint. They grilled DRAM on the difference between Hampton Beach and the DMV, his experiences with Kendrick, and what triggers his rage. Watch what happens in the Season 1 finale above, and look out for more of Hounded in 2018.

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How Terrence “Punch” Henderson Helped Build TDE + Coached Kendrick Lamar and SZA | Blueprint

A listless writer and rapper from South Central LA, “Punch” went from having interest in music but no concrete goals to teaming up with Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and discovering the artists who came to be known as the Black Hippy Crew. As Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q began to make waves, Punch underwent trial by fire, learning how to break acts, maneuver out of bad industry deals, and expand the label. In 2017, he steered both Kendrick Lamar and SZA to a breakout year, racking up Grammys, commercial success and critical acclaim, and cementing Top Dawg Entertainment as hip-hop's premier independent label.

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The Lakers Might Call on Kendrick Lamar to Help Improve Their Team

On Monday night at the Staples Center, the Lakers will face the Warriors and there will be a special halftime show commemorating Kobe Bryant. The team plans to retire both jerseys he wore, No. 8 and No. 24, respectively. Since his retirement in April 2016, the Lakers have revitalized the team with a young core; among them are Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and others.

Rob Pelinka, the general manager for the Lakers, is one of the most important people in Kobe’s career. He spent 18 years as his agent before becoming the Lakers GM, and really, one of Kobe’s closest friends. Now, with Bryant away from the purple and gold, Pelinka is finding new ways to spark inspiration within the team, motivating them to reach the caliber and chemistry of past Laker squads.

It starts with talking with a few renaissance men who strive to change the world every day. In an interview with USA Today, Pelinka shared his idea of “Genius Talks.” He brings the team to people who are the absolute best in their industry in order to create an inspired culture within the Laker brand.

The first was Elon Musk, and they visited his SpaceX lab in nearby Hawthorne in October. Pelinka said:

“It was like going to the set of Ironman; just unbelievable. The players were just amazed. It was the coolest thing. One of the guys said (to Musk), 'Well we play against other teams, so how do you study your competition, or what's your way of staying No. 1?' And he said, 'My competition is irrelevant to me. If what I'm doing, I do excellently, then it doesn't matter.' And so you pick up little things like that.”

The next was Jeffrey Katzenberg, who co-founded Dreamworks and was the head of Disney studios from 1984 to 1994. The Hollywood mogul told them, according to Pelinka:

“'You know, when I was making the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, I had a mantra in my head, and it was exceed expectations.'” He said, ‘I wanted to sit in the back of the theater when the kids were watching, and I wanted them to be jumping out of their seat. I wanted to exceed their expectations.’”

A person who will undoubtedly inspire the Lakers is Kendrick Lamar, and it sounds like Pelinka may lock in the TDE rapper for an upcoming session of “Genius Talks.” Lamar's had an incredible year with the release of Damn and his seven Grammy nominations

Pelinka further explains that “Genius Talks” is meant to tap into the team's various interests to make them better people and better basketball players.

“Magic and I wanted to identify geniuses in their space. Our core belief is that more developed men make better basketball players. I think Magic, if you look at how diversified he is with his interests. Kobe, the guy studies everything under the sun. I'm reading a biography right now on Leonardo da Vinci, and he has the ultimate curiosity of all things. If he's painting a hummingbird, he wants to like take its tongue and see what it looks like so he can paint it. So geniuses in life, right, can inspire us on how to be better.”

“So once a month, we try to do that, and the reason that it, to me, is important, is it shows the way we're really trying to do things differently, and it gets back to what I said at the beginning: Support and service. How can we bring things to the guys to make them better human beings and better Lakers basketball players?”

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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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LeBron James Previews Metro Boomin and Big Sean’s Collaborative Project ‘Double or Nothing’

While the rest of us wait for Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing to drop, LeBron James apparently got his hands on an advanced copy. And he seems to be really enjoying it.

 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING THE ALBUM 12/8 midnight! @metroboomin let’s go! 🎲🎲

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star player went to social media to play several clips from the upcoming collaborative project, beginning with the previously released track “Pull Up N Wreck.” He then played snippets of two unreleased cuts. He captioned the first track “Sure feels good to be BLACK in the Back (Bach) #doubleentendre.” The second was simply captioned with: “#SavageTime.”

You can listen to the clips below. Double or Nothing is set to drop this Friday.

This isn’t the first time James has blessed fans with music teasers. In the past, he’s shared previews of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album, as well as unreleased tracks by Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Considering he has more than 34 million followers on Instagram and nearly 40 million followers on Twitter, we're sure the artists are more than happy with the plug. 

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