Top Dawg Reacts To Kendrick Lamar's TDE Departure

Kendrick Lamar shocked his diehard fans on Friday

(August 20) when he announced his follow-up to

2017’s DAMN. would be his last album for Top Dawg

Entertainment, the label he’s been with since his career

was in its infancy. But it sounds like there’s no hard

feelings coming from the TDE camp.


Shortly after K. Dot made his big reveal, Anthony “Top

Dawg” Tiffith addressed the split on Instagram with a

lengthy post.


“The whole goal when we started this thing was to make

music, make money, and make history,” he wrote. “We

did those things 10 times over and then some. TDE and its

artists have provided a way to end generational curses

that we were all personally born into over the last 17 years

in this business. With this being Dot’s last album on TDE,

this is more of a VICTORY LAP, a celebration. I know he

will be successful in whatever it is he decides to do and

will have our FULL support.”


He added, “As for Top Dawg Entertainment, we will

continue to grow, develop and give artists the platform to

expand into whatever way they choose. Heart, Honor,



Tiffith added in the caption, “It’s been an honor and a

privilege for TDE to bless the world with the GOAT!”


Kendrick Lamar made the announcement with a rare

Instagram post that contained a link to a website. Once

fans went to the website, they were met with a message

from the Pulitzer Prize-winning MC that read, “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 my 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.”


He continued, “As I produce my final TDE album, I feel

joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17

years. 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. See you soon



Lamar has dropped four albums with the label, beginning

with 2011’s Section .80 and culminating with DAMN. He’s

earned 13 Grammy Awards along the way as well as the

aforementioned Pulitzer Prize. To many , Kendrick

Lamar is considered among the top 5 greatest artist to

ever pick up a pen. Long live King Kunta.


Source: Tyshwn Smith

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