TDE Co-President Punch Speaks on Watts Violence With New Track “40 Years”
Top Dawg co-president Terrence "Punch" Henderson releases a new track called "40 Years," which is "dedicated to the 40-something year civil war that has ripped watts, ca. apart," according to the SoundCloud description.
Punch does his thing over a spacey instrumental with background vocals reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d City. The child's voice in the background saying "PTSD" is a sobering reminder that many people's mindsets are messed with after they lose a loved one or even just someone they know well.
He spits, "You hear the trappers crescendo/Uno momento, get them kids out the window/Bullets ain't got no names and they don't care who they go into/So my auntie said I felt defensible." He continues, "Like a superhero, it's as if I never bled/Woke up the next morning, heard that nigga was dead/They shot him twice in his head/Moment of silence for this moment of violence/Niggas is out here wilding, yeah."
In case you missed it, Punch was the one rapping the second verse on K. Dot's “untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.” And the TDE co-president is preparing an album of his own. In a new interview with Billboard, the MC/executive says he’s finally ready to release his debut project. “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."
It's mad interesting that Punch is going to (in all likelihood) follow through and release his own music. If "40 Years" is any indication, then TDE fans are in for yet another treat from the California crew. Punch's lyrics and cadence would fit nicely paired up with verses from K. Dot, ScHoolboy, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock.
He tells Billboard, “I’m starting to get that itch more and more. 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.”
You can listen to "40 Years" above via SoundCloud.
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