12 Essential Isaiah Rashad Tracks in Prelude to His New Album

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It’s been two years, seven months, and three days since TDE representative Isaiah Rashad released a new project. That’s 81, 907,200 seconds. 1,365,725 hours. 135 weeks. I think I speak for every Zaywop fan when I say we have been waiting for this album ever since the outro of “Cilvia Demo“. The Chattanooga, TN rapper has been keeping a lot of his material close to the vest with his cryptic moves, keeping his fans on the edge of their seats. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, Billy Batson drops “Free Lunch“. Zay does what he normally does on the melodic and jazzy beat selection cooked up by producer Cam O’bi with broken rhyme schemes and nostalgic southern jargon. The most exciting part of the new music video happens in the last few seconds of the song which simply reads: “09.02.16”.

With only one project published in 2009, Rashad started to garner his buzz in 2013 when TDE president, Dave Free signed him to the Top Dawg label. He didn’t release his first official project under the label until 2014 with “Cilvia Demo”. Since the album quality EP, Billy Batson has only dropped three singles within a two year time span. Thankfully, the good people over at Top Dawg Entertainment have been plotting a solid Q4 takeover, especially with all the label mates looking to drop projects one after another .

To hold you over until the real deal, I compiled a soundcloud playlist of essential Zaywop tracks that will show the evolution of the Chattanooga, TN, native whilst getting you excited for his latest hiphop offering. I hope the new project is worth the wait: 

  1. ’95
  2. Fake Trill
  3. GUSTO
  4. Hurt Cobaine
  5. RIP Kevin Miller
  6. Free Lunch
  7. Webbie Flow (U Like)
  8. Banana
  9. Soliloquy
  10. Like That
  11. Khaki
  12. Sydney Jones
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Soar Losers’ Tre Redeau: The Sound PDX Hiphop Needs

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In a city filled with hipsters, bars, recycle bins and zero emission vehicles, I find myself in uncharted waters. I, Vader The Visionary, a native Mississippian am lost in downtown Portland, Oregon trying to find one of the few clubs/bars where I can hang out and listen music that resonates with my ratchet soul. Not to say that I can’t get jiggy with some alt-rock, indie, or EDM because when the mood is right, I’ll fist pump and rage with the best of the best. More times than not, I’m a creature of habit and I enjoy my comfort genre of hiphop.

Admittedly, I wasn’t too surprised when I couldn’t find a good FM radio station with the local hiphop artist being broadcasted due to the fact that I’m in the whitest city in “progressive” America. Outraged and determined, I started my search for good rap music in the City of Roses. Much to my hallelujah, I came across 24-year-old PDX native Tre Redeau.

Not only was I relieved that I found the small percentage of African-Americans in this eco-friendly city, I was also relieved to learn that there is actually quite a bevy of hiphop  talent in Portland. At first glance, Tre seemed like a regular Black Portlander: Stylish clothes with a rain jacket (it rains like crazy here in the Pacific Northwest). When I took a seat and popped my ear buds in with Redeau’s most recent project “Kool-Aid Stand”, I was immediately hit by lyrics from the first song “Rounds” where the Rose City emcee reintroduced himself. Before deciding to take his given name for his stage name, one could have found Tre under the alias of Blaze (pronounced BLAH-ZAY).

What was equally impressive about Redeau was his record label Soar Losers. The PDX super team consist of artists Myke Bogan, Manny MondayyT $poon and Vinnie Dewayne with producer Stewart Villain.  Their most notable collaborative song to date is “The Anthem” with a memorable opening line from Tre: “If the Blazers been winning, who the losers? Wait, that’s us”.

The song from the 45 minute project that started to garner Redeau some national notoriety and gave him more ears was his track “Doja“, with a feature from Funk Volume founder himself, Dizzy Wright. Tre’s style seems effortless as he weaves syncopated rhymes in and out of each other. By listening to him, it’s easy to tell that he is not only an artist, but a fan of past and current artist as well as the culture of hiphop itself.

My personal favorites from Tre’s project was “The Anthem”, “Catch Me/Hell on Earth”, and “Definition of Real”. The latter two tracks shows the lyrical depth and transparency that Redeau possesses. It’s been a year since the 503 lyricist has let go of any new tracks or anything of the like, but two weeks ago a simple Instagram post leaves us on the edge of our seats with a one word caption: “Coming.”

Stream Tre Redeau’s “Kool-Aid Stand” here and be sure to stay up to date with him on social media @IamTreRedeau and on his website TreRedeau.com.