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Call it a vision board, call it a release schedule, call it whatever you want. TDE apparently knows what they want to do for 2016 and beyond – and it means releasing a project from everybody on the roster, including two wild cards that haven’t been revealed to the general public yet. TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith revealed via Instagram yesterday that the label plans to drop albums/projects from Isaiah Rashad, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, SZA, Kendrick Lamar, Jack Rock & two newcomers in 2016, three years after he boldly proclaimed the label would put out six albums in 2014. He fell a bit short on that proclamation even though 2014 resulted in ScHoolboy Q dropping OXYmoron, Ab-Soul releasing These Days, Isaiah Rashad releasing Cilvia Demo and SZA releasing Z.

Shit about to get nasty real soon… I told y'all I got y'all in 2016 #TDE

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2016 feels bigger for TDE. The label still has Aftermath’s backing and can still release as an independent through a major distributor. ScHoolboy Q looks to be the one closest to an actual release date considering that the only thing holding up his OXYmoron follow-up is sample clearances. With SZA & Isaiah Rashad, the music has never been the problem, figuring out a way to properly market them to the masses is. If you gauged a fans idea of who belonged to what in TDE, SZA and Isaiah Rashad would come up the rear compared to Kendrick, Q, Soulo & Jay Rock.

Despite Jay Rock still recovering from a motorcycle accident on Grammy night, he and Soul still are in the plans for this year. That includes Soulo’s constant battles with TDE in regards to releasing new music. It took various machinations to even get Jay Rock’s 90059 album released last year though. One could hope that both of them get a stronger push on the second go-around.

And what about Kendrick? Lamar has stated he scrapped three albums worth of material just to make To Pimp A Butterfly and when it landed it became the most talked about release of 2015. In order for it to even be a possibility, you’d have to ask Top Dawg about it. Seeing how TDE took their time between GKMC and TPAB, there’s no telling whether or not Lamar would pull it off so soon.

The most promising wild card out of all of this isn’t the two newcomers that are getting added to the TDE roster, it’s the fact we may finally get a Black Hippy album in 2017. You’d be knocking on all the wood and praying to the rap Gods in order for that to occur though.

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