In February, the head of Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, uploaded a photo to Instagram which featured TDE’s release schedule for 2016 and 2017.
At the time, the top of the list featured Schoolboy Q’s album, which has since been released, followed by unreleased albums from SZA, Isiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock. The list also featured a section that read “2017 Possible Release, BH (praying).”
While fans were excited about new albums from all of the individual artists, it was the “BH” — a possible reference to the group Black Hippy — that caught fans attention.
Now, TDE is once again teasing a new album with a cryptic tweet that reads “9.02.16.” Tiffith sent the tweet over the weekend and got fans asking for answers. While the tweet made no mention of an artist, some fans assumed it could be the Black Hippy album they have been waiting for.
— dangeroo kipawaa TDE (@dangerookipawaa) August 6, 2016
@dangerookipawaa BLACK HIPPY ALBUM
— Clusive (@Exqluhsive) August 6, 2016
@dangerookipawaa is that black hippy album comin out or wut??
— ✴《《AfroPunk》》✴ (@julesnot4u) August 8, 2016
Im going to lose my mind when Black Hippy drops their album
— Sauce (@GreenerRanger) August 8, 2016
The hip-hop supergroup consists of TDE label members Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. While the group has been together since 2009, they have yet to release a mixtape or album. Instead, the group settles for collaboration singles that are few and far between.
Although hip-hop fans would surely be excited for a Black Hippy album, the album which TDE is teasing may turn out to be Ab-Soul’s fourth studio album. At the time of Tiffith’s original post, Ab-Soul’s album was in the “mixing” stage. Six months later, the album may finally be finished.