It’s 2013 and, if Top Dawg Entertainment isn’t the best damn collective that Hip-Hop has to offer, they’re an essential part of the discussion. Between Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, ScHoolBoy Q and some dude named Kendrick, the L.A.-based crew features no weak links. Because, let’s be real: it can be damn hard to pick a favorite.
When we’re not sheepishly grinning at that “Control” verse, we’re going back for our hundredth helping of Habits and Contradictions. Ab-Soul continues to forge an incredible path in his own right, and Jay Rock had arguably the best verse on arguably the best song on arguably the best album of 2012.*
You bet your sweet ass I’m excited to watch this Life + Times documentary of the foursome’s Black Hippy tour/road to Made In America Festival. No gimmicks need apply. As Hip-Hop fans, all we want are raw and uncut interviews with some of the most talented names in the genre. Looks like we’re going to get just that.
Now, a word from Brother Andreas Hale, the head video producer in charge for this project.
“Made In America: TDE” follows the crew during their last leg of the Black Hippy tour, through the BET Awards weekend and then catches up with Ab Soul, Jay Rock and ScHoolBoy Q in different parts of Los Angeles (we spoke with Kendrick Lamar in Arizona). The crew gives us insight on how they all joined TDE, how life has changed since the release of good kid, m.A.A.d. city and their outlook on the future as ScHoolBoy Q prepares to release Oxymoron.
We also spent time with the crew backstage and capture their performance in Mesa, Arizona where fans waited in line for over three hours in 120 degree weather to see them perform. You will also see Kendrick Lamar perform in front of his largest crowd as a solo act at the San Diego County Fair.
The documentary is in support of the crew’s upcoming appearance in the Made In America festival that takes place in Philly on September 1st.
* — “Imagine Rock up in them projects, Where them n*ggas pick ya pockets, Santa Clause don’t miss them stockings, Liquor spillin’, pistols poppin’…” Case in point. Now let’s get a damn mixtape out.