Does Top Dawg have something up his sleeve? Is that something the atom bomb of an album that we’ve come to expect from every TDE release? Ab-Soul may have just given us the answer.
Soulo took to twitter last night to give fans more to make conspiracy theories about when he tweeted “Word on the street is @dangerookiepawaa (Top’s Twitter handle) gotta secret album in the vault…lol.” The TDE fanbase immediately went crazy speculating on what the album could be.
Word on the street is @dangerookipawaa gotta secret album in the vault… Lol
— Ab-Soul (@abdashsoul) May 2, 2017
Theories range from the long awaited Black Hippy album, (Even though both ScHoolboy Q and Ab have already stated there won’t be one.) The also long awaited J. Cole/K.Dot collab, or the debut release of TDE president Dave Free. Some fans even speculated that the album is the rumored second act of Kendrick’s latest release Damn, Nation.
— Jason Todd (@CamSenses) May 2, 2017
Kendrick has already denied rumors of Nation existing in a tweet he made after he spent the day hosting a meet and greet for literally thousands of fans at a Compton Best Buy. This makes it a pretty sound assumption that the secret album won’t be Damn part 2. (But there is a theory that Damn is actually two albums in one.) Top has also already announced new albums by SZA, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock; so we can eliminate them from the list of what the album could be. You can also probably eliminate Isaiah Rashad from the conversation since he just now got off tour and it would be a lot to ask for him to be playing shows and being in the studio at the same time. That only leaves two TDE artists that it could be, Inglewood’s SiR or Soulo himself. Soul already released an album last year and while that does make chances slim the album is his, Q also released an album last year and is already finished with his new project. It’s also important to mention that SiR had an EP drop back in February and just released the video for “The Canvas” today.
As far as any actual concrete information, there isn’t much to go on. I would say that it could be Untitled Unmastered 2 comprised of only b-sides from Damn because a boy can dream can’t he? At least we know with absolute certainty that it won’t be a Troy Ave album.