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Entertainment (TDE) is an American independent record label founded in 2004,
by CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. There are currently eleven
artists signed to the label: the label's flagship artists, Black Hippy
members Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, as well as Isaiah Rashad, SZA,
Lance Skiiiwalker, SiR, Reason, Zacari, Ray Vaughn, and Doechii. The musical
focus of the label is predominantly album-oriented and progressive rap.|
In 1997, Anthony Tiffith embarked on a career in music as a record producer, producing for rappers such as The Game and Juvenile. In 2003, Tiffith found a then 15-year-old Kendrick Lamar, who had just released his first mixtape, which gained recognition and earned the young rapper some local buzz in his area. Tiffith saw potential in Lamar, signing him onto the label from the strength of the rapper's debut mixtape.
In 2007, Carson-based rapper Ab-Soul was added to the Top Dawg roster. On May 10, 2008, the label released a compilation mixtape titled Do It Nigga Squad, Volume 1, which features songs by members of the label's roster, with other appearances coming from fellow American rappers Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne and will.i.am.
In March 2012, MTV reported that TDE closed a joint venture deal with Interscope Records and Aftermath Entertainment. Under the new deal, Kendrick Lamar's second studio album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City would be jointly released via Top Dawg, Interscope and Aftermath. In June 2013, Top Dawg announced they were planning to sign two more artists: Isaiah Rashad and SZA. In October 2013, at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Kendrick Lamar won five awards, including Album of the Year and Lyricist of the Year.
On February 29, 2016, Top Dawg hinted at two new label signees, as well as scheduled releases for each of the label's artists' for 2016. On May 20, Top Dawg officially announced the signing of Lance Skiiiwalker. On January 19, 2017, TDE officially announced the signing of Inglewood, California singer SiR.
On February 9, 2018, the label released Black Panther: The Album, the soundtrack for the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther (2018), executively produced by Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith and Kendrick Lamar. In 2019, former co-president Dave Free announced he is leaving Top Dawg Entertainment. In 2021, Kendrick Lamar announced he would also be leaving the label, with his next album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, being his last for TDE.
In 2014, TDE started the inaugural Christmas concert and toy drive in Watts, Los Angeles, including performances by TDE's roster of artists as well as donations to families in need.The fundraising event has been an annual concert for the holidays, and had guest appearances from Rihanna, E-40, and Chris Brown. In this moment the lable cooperares with such artists as AB-SOUL, DOECHII, ISAIAH RASHAD, JAY ROCK, LANCE SKIIIWALKER, RAY VAUGHN, REASON, SCHOOLBOY Q, SIR, SZA, ZACARI,TDE.