Our hope is officially restored after Punch, the President of Top Dawg Entertainment, back-pedaled and said there is still a possibility that the long-rumored Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole collaborative album will happen.
"That's not happening. 0 tracks. Not happening," wrote the executive on Twitter.
After seeing how things exploded on social media and in the news, Punch back-pedaled a touch and is now claiming that there is still a chance that it will arrive one day. However, we shouldn't get our hopes up.
"Nah I don’t know. It might still happen. I want it to happen," he tweeted last night. "Y’all really want that album still??? Like for real? I think it would great for hip hop. I did my part though. I spoke to both of them. Hit them n***as!"
So, there you go. It looks like there are no current plans for the collaborative album from Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to ever see a release. However, if the fans push hard enough with Kendrick and Cole, maybe they'll finally cave and do it for the culture.
Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole’s Joint Project "Not Happening," TDE’s Punch Says
Sorry, guys. TDE"s Punch debunks rumors surrounding J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar's joint project.
Kendrick Lamar has been at the center of many rumored collaborative albums. Of course, the Black Hippy album is among them but for nearly a decade, fans have anticipated the long-awaited Kendrick Lamar/J. Cole collab project. The two titans haven't necessarily fueled these rumors recently but fans certainly did not forget about it.
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TDE's President Punch revealed that he might put all of the records he's released over the years onto streaming platforms when a fan demanded Kendrick. This is far from likely the first time this request as been made but still, Punch entertained it. "What you do want with him?" Punch replied in a quoted tweet. The fan asked for a three-track EP with J. Cole which Punch immediately shut down.
"That's not happening," he replied.
That's when the fan doubled down on his request. "Yeah coz we gonna get a 12 track album from them right?" The fan implored.
Punch's reply seemed nearly petty at that point from constantly hearing this request. "0 tracks. Not happening," he said. So, perhaps we might never even get a collaboration with them at all in the future.
During J. Cole's 2018 press run, he shared an update with Angie Martinez revealing that they laid down a bunch of ideas together but they never sat down to complete a full body of work, nor were they even aiming to do so. Needless to say, even with Cole having to dead the rumors, Punch still has to field questions.
Peep the post below.
Kendrick Lamar Reportedly Returning "Soon"
TDE President Punch advises us to stay patient as we await the return of the “King,” Kendrick Lamar.
It’s been over three years since we received a full studio album from Kendrick Lamar, who turned in some of the best writing of his career on the Pulitzer Prize-winning DAMN. Since then, it’s been relatively quiet from the Compton lyricist, aside from a few choice cuts on the Black Panther soundtrack. In the meantime, rumors of a full-fledged “rock album” have begun circulating –a development that has been met with both excitement and wariness.
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In any case, Kendrick has given us ample reason to trust his vision so far. As a result, his untitled fourth album remains one of the most anticipated releases in the entire industry. The only problem is, we have no idea as to when it’s set to arrive. Luckily, TDE President Punch recently came through to provide a light at the end of the otherwise murky tunnel.
“Stay patient King Kendrick will return soon,” he writes, as spotted by Our Generation Music. Not exactly a goldmine of information, but given that this is the largest K Dot drought us fans have seen in a minute, we’ll take anything we can get. Of course, “soon” has become the bane of the rap game, meaning anything from a few weeks to several months. Anyone choosing to look on the optimistic side of things?
SZA Teases Her Album Will Be Dropping In 2020
Top Dawg Entertainment fans have been awaiting a big year from the acclaimed label, who likely has their hands full when it comes to scheduling. After all, we're looking at expected releases from Reason, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA. Seeing as we're only a few days into the new decade, it's uncertain how the chips will ultimately fall. Luckily the job falls to Punch, who seems to have already set the wheels in motion.
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Though the finer details elude us for the time being, SZA recently confirmed that her upcoming project is indeed slated for a 2020 release. In fact, there might even be a date -- though the singer has opted to keep that one close to her chest. Now, it's not for us to raise our expectations prematurely, but the time for a new SZA album certainly feels right. Her last project was CTRL in June of 2017, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them looking to double down on the magic formula.
Are you excited to hear some new music from SZA? Perhaps we'll even get to hear her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, which she recently teased in late December.
Tory Lanez Allegedly Punches "Love & Hip Hop" Star At LIV Miami
I walk in the club…
Tory Lanez isn’t scared to handle things himself. As reported by TMZ, the young artist was quick to swing on someone he found to be disrespecting him at Club LIV in Miami this weekend. Lanez was at LIV Miami Friday night for a show. Before hopping on stage though, Lanez was caught on camera swinging on a man. It’s hard to see if the punch connected, but Lanez rushes the man after throwing the hook regardless. The alleged victim is reportedly a Love & Hip-Hop Miami star. A rep for LIV Miami told TMZ it’s Prince Michael Harty. The club stated, “Last night our security broke up an altercation between Love and Hip Hop’s Prince and Tory Lanez. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards violence and both parties were immediately asked to leave the venue.”
It doesn’t look like both parties were asked to leave though, seeing as Tory performed not long after the altercation. Neither Lanez nor Prince’s parties have commented on the fight. Police were called to the club, but nothing came of it. Lanez appeared to enjoy his night afterward, posting clips of himself having a good time with lovely ladies after killing it on stage for a packed house.
DaBaby’s Show Shut Down After His Security Knocks Female Fan Out
Another day, another DaBaby related altercation.
It seems like every other week there’s a new story about DaBaby or his entourage getting into an altercation. Soon, venues are going to start charging for heightened security or expensive insurance policies just to have DaBaby around. As reported by TMZ, DaBaby’s live set on Saturday night (September 28) was shut down after the rapper’s security knocked a female fan out cold. As seen in the footage below, DaBaby hops into the crowd to perform, as he often does. The fans in the crowd were hype to see him amongst them, and females began to swarm him and attempt to get a picture.
DaBaby pushes off one lady promptly as she tries to get a selfie next to the rapper while he does his thing. DaBaby proceeds into the crowd further at this point, then a female fan runs up to him and tries to take more pictures with him. That’s when DaBaby’s security unloads a few heavy haymakers on the fan. The security guard looks like he could lift a horse, while the female fan looks like she may struggle to lift a 20lb weight. The punches knocked the female out cold. TMZ reports that her friends were able to get her up and out of the venue, and no police were called. Check out the footage below.
DaBaby Throws Punch At Fan Who Tries To Grab His Chain
DaBaby was not about to let one eager fan snatch his chain away. As reported by TMZ, rising star DaBaby was performing at the Prime Festival in Lansing, MI on Friday night. Booked for a 30 minutes set, DaBaby hopped on stage and planned on completing a quick show with no hiccups. For the most part, things went smoothly, it was just one fan who got a little too close that almost created a bad situation. Witnesses told TMZ that DaBaby was performing his set with only a barricade separating himself from the fans. In footage from the show, you can see DaBaby lean over the barricade while he’s rapping. At one point, several hands reach for him and one appears to grab at his chain.
It isn’t clear whether DaBaby’s punch even landed, but no police were called and no lawsuits were filed so there must not have been any blowback from the fan. That is good news for DaBaby, who has gained a reputation of being involved in or around altercations. His crew was caught on tape beating someone down who asked for a photo, and DaBaby himself beat up a man at a mall that was causing a scene.
Sylvester Stallone Nearly Died From Dolph Lundgren’s Punch Filming "Rocky IV"
Sylvester Stallone now knows his limit.
Sylvester Stallone has taken a walk down memory lane to discuss one of his most recognized films, Rocky IV. The 72-year-old recently opened up to Variety about the 1985 movie and how his co-star Dolph Lundgren nearly killed him from a punch.
“He hit me so hard he almost stopped my heart,” Rocky told the publication during his Cannes attendance. “I told him, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Just try to knock me out. Really cut loose as hard as you can.’ That was a really stupid thing to say. Next thing I know, I’m on a low-altitude plane to the emergency room, and I’m in intensive care for four days. And there are all these nuns around.”
Sylvester further explained how he hated Dolph the moment he met him, but that also helped him truthfully act out his role since the two are nemesis in the film. After some time, Sylvester finally realized why Dolph was cast in the move.
“Oh, that’s right, he’s perfect … This is what I would imagine they would create as an athlete — someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything,” he said.
Kodak Black Claims He Punched Sticky Fingaz & Tried To Shoot Him
Sticky Fingaz has but to reply.
Kodak Black is stirring the pot but once more. On Saturday (March 16), the "ZEZE" rapper hopped on Instagram Live to inform his followers a narrative. The anecdote facilities on Onyx member and rap veteran Sticky Fingaz. Black claims that his cousin let Sticky Fingaz onto his tour bus, which led to an altercation. Where and when this struggle came about continues to be unconfirmed. "I ain't like his outdated head vitality 'trigger I do not actually like outdated individuals like that," Kodak said. "I am a '90s child. I do not received no respect for y'all." Kodak, born in 1997, belongs to the second half of 90's infants which are typically disowned by these born only a few years earlier. The Floridian rapper continued on to elucidate that he wasn't feeling Stick Fingaz vitality, and an altercation occurred.