Top Dawg Entertainment’s president Punch has long been one of the more unexpectedly talented rappers coming across the DopeHouse pages, given he’s more often involved in the business side of TDE rather than the curating music side.
Fans of the label have clamored for Punch to release an album, given his SoundCloud is full of a dozen or so songs, and he’s been featured on TDE albums dating back to the Kendrick Lamar EP. Rumors of him being allowed to drop a project through the label surfaced in March, but he’s been silent on the music front since then.
He tweeted late last night he had a “bad day,” then followed with uploading a song called “40 Years.” The tune is a “moment of silence for a moment of violence,” as he raps in the middle of the Tae Beast-produced loosie.
“This song is dedicated to the 40-something-year civil war that has ripped Watts, California, apart,” he said on SoundCloud. “A war between families divided by the train tracks. My heart goes out to all of us who have lost someone due to this war.”
Listen to “40 Years” below.