|Top Dawg Entertainment/Black Hippy|
By the time the month of October is over, each member of California's rising rap quartet that flies under the banner of Top Dawg Entertainment and Black Hippy will have performed in or around Orange County. Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul, and Jay Rock are coming to play The Fox Theater in Pomona and Schoolboy Q is joining ASAP Rocky and Danny Brown for their sold-out tour stop at the Observatory in Santa Ana. In case you haven't kept your finger on the pulse of what's buzzing and blowing up in today's hip-hop, or can't be bothered to drift between blogs, we've compiled the five strongest representations of the new sound TDE is bringing to hip-hop. Rest easy, Californians, we can be very, very proud about the lyricists we're producing nowadays. There's a rap renaissance going on, and TDE is at the center of it.