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Quality Control Music, Empire, and Top Dawg Entertainment Enter Investment & Partnership With Social Platform Riff

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If you have yet to tap into it, social platform Riff may need to be on your radar. Three music powerhouses, Quality Control Music, Empire and Top Dawg Entertainment have invested and former a partnership with Riff. In addition, QC’s COO, Kevin “Coack K” Lee, will join Riff’s Board of Directors.

“Riff created an entirely new category – culture media,” said Coach K. “It combines the best of everything we do on social media. It was a no-brainer investment for QC.”

Riff is driven by a rapidly growing and diverse team of 75% women and persons of color with investors including the cream of the crop in Silicon Valley and the biggest artists and musicians in Hip-HOp and Country music. The platform is led CEO and Stanford engineer Kara Katz, CTO and Stanford computer scientist Steve Petersen, and EVP, Morehouse alumni and entertainment executive Brandon “BL” Lewis.

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Riff blends voice and video chat with music, allowing room-based interactions between creators, friends and fans. For artists, Riff provides new revenue models and opportunities for any creator where they can live-stream and interact directly with fans, show off talents, host listening parties and drop albums and merch all inside the app.

“Tech innovation and music go hand in hand and Riff is leading the new wave for apps,” said TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. “I’ve always been about reaching for the next level challenge, so I’m excited for TDE to invest in this breakthrough.”

“The Riff tech is world class,” said EMPIRE CEO / Founder Ghazi Shami. “Riff’s ability to integrate the best facets of social media is next level. EMPIRE is all in to leverage Riff on behalf of our global artist roster.”

You can learn more about Riff here.

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ICYMI: Kendrick Lamar Announces The Production of His Final TDE Album: ‘There’s Beauty In Completion’

Kendrick Lamar Announces The Production of His Final TDE Album: 'There's Beauty In Completion'

Kendrick Lamar broke his silence to announce his nearly two decade run with Top Dawg Entertainment is coming to an end.

Kendrick tweeted a link to oklama.com on Friday along with a folder clip art with the words “nu thoughts” under the image.

On the site, K-Dot gave an update on his next album. “As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” he wrote. “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.”

Kung Fun Kenny started the note sharing how he spends most of his days and revealed that he goes months without a phone. “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone. Love, loss, and grief have disturbed by comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.”

It’s unclear if his departure from TDE also marks a retirement, but Kendrick Lamar ended his message with a positive note. “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. See you soon enough.”

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Top Dawg Ent. Responds To Kendrick Lamar Announcing ‘Final’ TDE Album

Top Dawg Entertainment has responded. The hip-hop powerhouse’s key bosses Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith and president Punch have stepped forward to address Kendrick Lamar announcing his final project under the label is coming. TDE Responds To Kendrick Lamar Instead of catching feelings, Top Dawg saluted Lamar on gearing up to release his last official studio […]

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Kendrick Lamar Announces The Production of His Final TDE Album: ‘There’s Beauty In Completion’

Kendrick Lamar Announces The Production of His Final TDE Album: 'There's Beauty In Completion'

Kendrick Lamar broke his silence to announce his nearly two decade run with Top Dawg Entertainment is coming to an end.

Kendrick tweeted a link to oklama.com on Friday along with a folder clip art with the words “nu thoughts” under the image.

On the site, K-Dot gave an update on his next album. “As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” he wrote. “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.”

Kung Fun Kenny started the note sharing how he spends most of his days and revealed that he goes months without a phone. “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone. Love, loss, and grief have disturbed by comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.”

It’s unclear if his departure from TDE also marks a retirement, but Kendrick Lamar ended his message with a positive note. “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. See you soon enough.”

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The Game Confirms New Music From Kendrick Lamar Is On The Way

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The Game knows more about new music from Kendrick Lamar than we do. He did not hesitate to let us know.

It has been 4 long years since Kendrick Lamar has dropped an album. At this point in his career, it is no surprise when it comes to K-Dot’s time lapses between albums. His previous release, DAMN, is his fourth full-length release since his Section. 80 debut in 2011. He followed that with his major-label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City a year later. That would be the last time K Dot dropped projects in consecutive years.

The time lapses between projects are something that TDE has adopted with each artist. One can speculate that K Dot would have dropped a project last year, but it was not the most opportune time.

According to The Game, 2021 is the return of King Kendrick Lamar. He recently took to IG live to commend J. Cole’s rapping on The Off-Season, feeling inspired and K. Dot’s upcoming release.

“I talked to Top Dawg, says The Compton rapper. “You know, he told me Kendrick ’bout to hit ni**as with some sh*t real soon and sh*t. So, you know, who knows how real soon that it but if Kendrick is working, that sh*t is always major. “That’s my lil ni**a. Love that ni**a to death.”

He proceeds to say the entire TDE label is family. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, the roster includes SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Reason, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker.

While The Game’s message did not have a timeline, it is great to hear Kendrick is looking to make a return. Don’t hold your breathe because we don’t know “how real soon that is.”

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Punch Creates Rap Mt. Rushmore Lists From ’89 To Present

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Punch is out here sparking holiday weekend debates. Fresh from naming his current day hip-hop Mount Rushmore list, the TDE president goes even further by creating rundowns dating back to the 80’s. Punch Creates Rap Mt. Rushmore Lists The West Coast executive hit up Instagram and didn’t hold back on getting iconic […]

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TDE Boss Top Dawg Announces May 7 Date, Twitter Thinks Kendrick Lamar Is Coming

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Top Dawg Entertainment might just have the most talented roster in music today, hence why each release from one of its stars causes shock waves throughout the industry. TDE boss Top Dawg tweeted out a date for next month attached to a mystery release some expect to be Kendrick Lamar’s return to the world.

“THE WAIT IS OVAH!!!! #TDE,” read the tweet from the TDE founder. The tweet features a timer and the TDE logo, with the end of the short clip revealing “5/7/21” but nothing else. The speculation occurring online at the moment is sky high, but the label likes to do things differently than most.

Between Lamar, the beloved SZA, SchooHboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Reason, Isiah Rashad, and Lance Skiiiwalker, a new full-length from any of them would be a huge musical event.

K-Dot hasn’t dropped a full-length studio album since 2017’s DAMN., and he was the lead curator of the Black Panther: The Album release. There have been reports that the Compton wordsmith would be leaning into a rock-influenced sound for his next album, another leap forward from Lamar.

SZA’s last release Ctrl was also in 2017, and she dropped a pair of singles in “Hit Different” and “Good Days” from what most expect to be her sophomore release. She also featured alongside Doja Cat for the “Kiss Me More” track.

Ab-Soul has been away from the album release schedule since 2016, but he had a relatively active 2020 with features and the surprise “Dangerookipawaa Freestyle” single.

Jay Rock’s slept-on Redemption in 2018 was his last full-length, and ScHoolboy Q’s last drop was 2019’s CrasH Talk.

Check out the Twitter reactions to Top Dawg’s tweet below.

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TDE’s Top Dawg Reacts To SZA’s ‘Good Days’ Hot 100 Placement

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith is big proud. The hip-hop executive has lit up his social media pages to share the success of his protégé SZA’s “Good Days” on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Top Dawg Celebrates SZA’s ‘Good Days’ Success Dawg went to his Instagram page with a snapshot showing off the […]

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TDE’s Top Dawg Reacts To SZA’s ‘Good Days’ Hot 100 Placement

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith is big proud. The hip-hop executive has lit up his social media pages to share the success of his protégé SZA’s “Good Days” on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Top Dawg Celebrates SZA’s ‘Good Days’ Success Dawg went to his Instagram page with a snapshot showing off the […]

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Kendrick Lamar Addresses Rumors He Left TDE

Big Sean Says Kendrick Lamar Reached Out to Him Following 'Deep Reverence' Release

On Monday, rumors spread across the internet that Kendrick Lamar was leaving TDE to focus on his recently launched pgLang label. On Tuesday, Kendrick addressed these rumors in a playful video.

TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith took to Instagram and posted a video of Kendrick speaking. However, all that is seen in the video is a Blues Clues stuffed animal.

“Top, you got to stop them from smutting my name, man,” Kendrick said. “They been smutting my name all year, man. You ain’t said nothing. Enough is enough. Got them saying I done shook the label and all that.”

K.Dot went on to say, “They must don’t know about that, that pickle juice that’s under your red cap, man. About that sweat, the sweat that’s holding that red cap together, reason why it don’t fall off your head, man. That lubricant. You need to tell them that the reason why that cap don’t fall off yo’ head, man. So why would I fall off? Watching cartoons, man.”

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After the rumors circulated on Monday, TDE President Terrance “Punch” Henderson vaguely addressed the rumors, saying “A rumor gets halfway around the world before the truth get it’s shoes on. Lol”

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