Two months ago, several of our writing staff members were debating their level of excitement for Ab-Soul's seemingly impending new album, DWTW.
Since then TDE, the only label Ab-Soul has ever known, has released a full-length album from Soulo's labelmate ScHoolboy Q, a visual from newly-signed act Lance Skiiwalker, and the lead single and video from Isaiah Rashad's forthcoming sophomore album, due out September 2.
Following the Rashad album announcement last week, fans blew up TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith on social media, demanding an update on the status of the Black Lip Bastard's long-delayed and highly-anticipated fourth studio album.
On Saturday, Tiffith provided an answer via Instagam:
The final mixes being turned into the head of the label is a great start, clearly the recording process has concluded and the album is complete, but that doesn't mean the album release is right around the corner. The project still needs to be tracked out, mastered, and label must settle any sample clearance issues. Plus, TDE allowed for two months of breathing room between Q's Blank Face album and Rashad's forthcoming release, which means the earliest Ab-Soul's album is likely to hit digital retailers and streaming services is early November.
As for TDE's lone female, non-rapping artist, SZA, Top Dawg wisely mentioned calling her in the Instagram post, but it's hard to imagine her debut full-length, A, will see the light of day before 2016 is a wrap.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter
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