The Compton rapper announced the news in a letter posted to a new website called oklama.com.
“I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” Kendrick wrote. “The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.”
“There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown,” Kendrick added. “Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all. See you soon enough.”
Kendrick also signed the letter with the name “oklama.” Could this be the name of his new album?
Just hours after Kendrick shared his announcement, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith shared a note via Instagram calling the album “a victory lap.” Tiffith added that Kendrick has TDE’s full support for his future endeavors. Check out the post below.
To date, Kendrick has released his entire discography through TDE, starting with his brilliant 2011 debut Section.80 through his most recent release, DAMN., in 2017.
Last year, Kendrick teamed up with Dave Free to launch pgLang, which they described as a “a new multi-lingual, at service company… pgLang is at service to creators and projects that selflessly speak with, and for, the shared experiences that connect us all.” It’s reasonable to think Kendrick intends to release future projects through pgLang.