ScHoolBoy Q (@schoolboyq) is joined by Kendrick Lamar on the cover of Billboard. One half of Black Hippy are the centerpieces for their March 2014 issue where they talk to the TDE rap stars about their rise to the top and initially crossing paths years back. We also learn from Top Dawg’s CEO that Kendrick Lamar’s next album is slated for a September 2014 release, as well as a Black Hippy group album. Fingers crossed.

In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label’s first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy – the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul – is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.

K. Dot also spoke on the Macklemore text following his GRAMMY win.

“That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude,” reflects Lamar. “However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people’s souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole Grammy moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot.”

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