TDE’s Punch Wants to Release His Debut Album
If you were wondering who has that second verse on "untitled 05 | 09.21.2014." then wonder no longer. TDE fans might know all about Terrence "Punch" Henderson, but the rest of the world has yet to get familiar with the Top Dawg co-president the way they are with Kendrick Lamar.
In a new interview with Billboard, rapper/exec Punch says he's finally ready to release his debut album. "I think I'mma do a project for sure," Punch tells Billboard over the phone. "I think I'm going to finally finish it because I write a lot and I record every so often. I think I'm just gonna go ahead and knock it out at this point.
"I'm starting to get that itch more and more," he continues. "Before, it was like, 'OK, I write a little bit, I can rap. Let me put it down for fun, it's cool.' At this point, it's starting to turn into a burning. I really want to do it now. [...] I like to teach and share whatever it is that I've picked up. I see a lot of people starting to relate to the stuff I'm saying. The more it connects with people, the bigger the sensation is becoming."
Kendrick himself enjoys Punch's music. “Punch [has] always been a crazy lyricist aside from being a pioneer in the company,” Kendrick told MTV News last year. “He always had a knack for music and that’s what inspires the actual company. Every body has so much passion for the art, it’s not just on the business end, so they know how to cater to the artists…We’ve seen this a long time ago, [it’s been] 10 years in the making.”
As for Punch's album, he's taking his time "fine-tuning" the music until the time is right. "I feel like I get better every day," he says. "The more you do it, the more you grow."
Listen to his collab with Kendrick called "Project Window" below.
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