TDE Introduces Long Beach Rapper Ray Vaughn + Drops Debut EP 'Peer Pressure'

Fans of Top Dawg Entertainment are still reeling

from the news of Kendrick Lamar’s exit from the

label following his next album, but the west coast

label is gearing up for its next chapter. On

Wednesday (August 25), TDE announced their newest

signee, Ray Vaughn, via a press release. 


has been a part of the family since 2020, but took his

time, mastering his craft and patiently waiting for his

turn to debut. It proved to be a smart move to have

Vaughn wait because TDE said he’s “ready to embrace

the challenge of running with the Top Dawgs.” TDE

also unleashed Vaughn’s debut EP, Peer Pressure

“WELCOME @rayvaughn to the TDE family,” TDE

tweeted. “#PeerPressureEP available now.”


The three-track project is an “appetizer” for Ray

Vaughn’s proper TDE debut. There’s no word on

when that project will come, but fans will have a solid

trio of songs to hold them over. Vaughn explained the

meaning behind his new EP in the press release.  

“I’d love to tell you how I created the project, but to

tell you the truth, to revisit the place of brutal honesty

these songs came from is a chaotic process,” he said.

“Don’t take me too seriously, honestly, just learn to

have fun.” 


TDE’s announcement comes days after Kendrick

Lamar issued a statement of his own regarding his

time with the label. K Dot’s next album will be his last

with TDE as he enters a new chapter in his storied


“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have

been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,”

Lamar wrote in a rare letter. “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.” Can Ray Vaughn continue onto a path

that his legendary label has laid out or will we be

looking for the next TDE artist to take the lead ? Press

play to find out.


Source: Tyshawn Smith

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