Top Dawg Entertainment Goes on Tour

Thalia Rodriguez, Staff Writer

Hip-Hop/R&B record label Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) announced Monday morning that they are going on tour. “TDE: The Championship Tour”, kicks off in Vancouver, CA on May 4, 2018, and concludes in Pittsburgh, PA on June 16, 2018.

The lineup features some of Top Dawg’s most popular artists: Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, AB- Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker – the artists have a lot to offer the hip-hop scene.

The concert comes in the midst of a continuing wave of success from the record label. Lamar’s fourth studio album DAMN. dropped just under a year ago and has earned the rapper accolades including “Best Album of the Year” at the BET Hip-Hop awards and nominations for both “Album of the Year” and “Best Rap Album of the Year” by the Grammy’s.

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SZA’s debut album Ctrl was released last summer. Two of her singles “The Weekend” and “Love Galore” have gone platinum. The singer is also in the running for five Grammy’s and will be performing at Coachella this year.

Not all fans are excited for the upcoming tour due to one artist being excluded  from the tour’s line up: Isaiah Rashad.

@ScottHuego tweeted: “When TDE announced The Championship tour but Isaiah Rashad not on the roster.”

Rashad is not a small-time artist either. His debut studio album The Sun’s Tirade peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to XXL Magazine, Rashad’s “Lil’ Sunny Tour,” which occurred around the same time last year, sold out at various locations before the tour even began. This pushed the artist to add dates to the lineup in order to satisfy ticket demands.

So why would TDE leave him out of the lineup? No one knows yet for sure.

Rashad, like Q, was rumored to be in the process of releasing another album in 2017. Speculation for Q’s next project began after a now deleted Instagram post where he said, “New Album 2017 f—ck a break I’m already ready.”

Speculation for Rashad’s album began after he tweeted teasers of new music early last spring. Although fans have been gearing up for a new album from the artists, neither has yet to deliver.

With the recent and past successes of TDE artists, big moves like the upcoming tour make the possibility of new music from the artists hard to ignore.

The tour is currently scheduled for 29 stops in the United States and one stop in Canada. Local shows include Boston, Hartford, and Philadelphia from June 5-8. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com.