Album Review: “The Sun’s Tirade”


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Isaiah Rashad is finally back. Thank the hip-hop gods. The TDE member gives us his follow up to Cilvia Demo with his sophomore project The Sun’s Tirade.  Riddled with 70’s and 90’s vibes, Rashad opens up with his listeners being even more transparent about his struggles than his previous album. The 25 year old Chattanooga lyricist speaks on personal topics ranging from his late grandmother , to his 25th birthday , to long distance love and the heavy use of drugs to cope with his emptiness.

From start to finish, listeners can hear the maturity of Rashad and how he’s grown over his two year hiatus from the microphone. Standouts on the album include Park , Dressed Like Rappers , and Find a Topic (homies begged).The most impressive thing about the TDE emcee’s new album is the versatility of flow. The majority of the album can be considered vibes with a few exceptions such as A Lot , Don’t Matter, and Aa. Although most of his album is chill, the syncopation of rhymes and rhyme scheme seems to change a good bit throughout Rashad’s tracks. Whether the song is one that has more of an up tempo like “Don’t Matter” or more laid back instrumentals like “4r Da Squaw”, Zaywop’s tone is always present.

Another gem on this project is the recordings in between some of the tracks. The first recording on “where u at?” is a voicemail from TDE label mate Schoolboy Q. The other recordings come from Top Dawg producer Dave Free. He talks about how sporadic in topic Rashad seems at times, to how the rapper being born in 1991 is “creepy” due to sexual subject matter he speaks on from time to time, to Free’s dad thinking he was involved in “runnin’ in somebody’s house.”

Since Rashad is a product of Southern hip-hop, he’s not hesitant to channel Southern rappers of “old” such as Outkast, Goodie Mob, Scarface and the like. On his previous album, a good number of listeners compared his delivery and production to the OGs of the South like Webbie and Boosie in terms of the grit he had when talking about his upbringing or his hometown of Chattanooga. Rashad’s Tennessee roots are still apparent throughout “The Sun’s Tirade” especially in “Rope//rosegold”. Isaiah Rashad has this really amazing talent to where he’s like a bridge between the old school lyrical greats we admire as fans of the art of hip-hop all the while keeping his music modern with the perfect blend of production and attention to detail. It’s nice to have him back and see the progression. I can’t wait to see what he does next.



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