Report: Dave Free and Top Dawg Entertainment have parted ways

Free served as president of TDE, the label for artists like Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy Q.

October 04, 2019
Report: Dave Free and Top Dawg Entertainment have parted ways (L) Kendrick Lamar (R) Dave Free   Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Dave Free is no longer president of Top Dawg Entertainment, Rolling Stone reports. Free assumed the role in 2007, and was instrumental in the success of the label that would sign Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy Q. He also created some of TDE's most iconic videos with Lamar as the directing duo "The Little Homies."

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Rolling Stone's sources claim Free has been working solo "for several months," and neither Free nor TDE have issued a statement on the departure. While Free has expressed a strong interest in entering the world of film, Rolling Stone reports that Free has been developing the career of L.A. rapper Baby Keem.

Some of Free's videos include "Alright" with Kendrick Lamar, "King's Dead" for the Black Panther soundtrack, and Jay Rock's "Win."

Report: Dave Free and Top Dawg Entertainment have parted ways