Although he previously denied the existence of a J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar joint album, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Punch is now saying a collaborative project between the two stars “might still happen.” On Wednesday (May 20), the label executive shut down rumors of the project, which have been circulating for 10 years.
“That’s never going to happen,” Punch informed his followers on Twitter. “0 tracks. Not happening.”
Hours later, however, Punch changed his tune. “Nah I don’t know. It might still happen,” he tweeted. “I want it to happen.”
Punch then suggested that he’d already spoken to both Lamar and Cole and did what he could to push the album along. Now, it appears the fate of a joint project is in the fans’ hands.
“Y’all really want that album still??? Like for real?” he wrote. “I think it would great for hip hop. I did my part though. I spoke to both of them. Hit them ni**as!”
News of a collaborative LP first began in 2010, when Lamar told Vibe that he and the Dreamville MC had “a lot of music” recorded.
Nah I don’t know. It might still happen. I want it to happen.— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) May 21, 2020
Y’all really want that album still??? Like for real? I think it would great for hip hop. I did my part though. I spoke to both of them. Hit them niggas!— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) May 21, 2020
“Imma put it to you that way,” he told the outlet. “It might not be just one song.”
The next year, the DAMN. rapper confirmed to XXL that a joint album was underway.
“We don’t have a title or release date yet, but J. Cole got like 90 percent of the production so far,” he said at the time. “One of my favorite songs of the project is a song called ‘Shock the World.’ Cole laid the first verse and set the tone for the whole record. It’s going to shake up a lot of people.”
Punch has also added to the rumors in the past. In 2017, he tweeted that the album would “probably never” be released. However, he later recanted his statement by saying he was “just playing.”
“I was just playing about that Dot and Cole joint,” Punch tweeted. “It’s coming for sure maybe. I don’t know it might happen. Probably. Actually hit them.”
Last week, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith hinted that Lamar would return with new music, writing “King Kendrick will return soon” on Instagram.