Co-president of label Top Dawg Entertainment Dave Free has reportedly parted ways with the label after working as co-president for 10 years. Sources for Rolling Stone reports that he has being “working on his own for several months,” and is now assisting Baby Keem’s career development.
Dave Free has being co-president of the label since 2007 and has worked with many others towards growing the label. In 2018 in an interview with Vibe, Free spoke about his position with TDE and his plans to expand the label in 2019 but it seems his plans won’t be pushing through.
“We got a lot of new artists, we got REASON, we got other new things coming,” he said. “To us, it’s about replicating the success but also stretching our hands into as many fields as humanly possible. So all those big investors and all those big guys that wanna be with a winning team, come talk to TDE ‘cause we’re looking into a bunch of different fields.”
He continued: “There’s no label on what we can do now. Top literally just left my house and we were talking about everything else that we have to do. It can be real estate to just investments, we have to do more. Music is the driving force to create the opportunity, but we have to do more and we’re inviting anybody that wants to do more to come speak with us.”
TDE was originally founded in 2004, by CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Artist like Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, as well as Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Lance Skiiiwalker, SiR, Reason and Zacari are all signed to the label.
Representatives for Free and TDE have not commented on the report.
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