By: Shayla Harris
Former Co-Founder and Editor of Ballistic Sounds.
Isaiah Rashad’s long awaited sophomore project is finally here. Rashad released The Sun’s Tirade late September 1st on Apple Music whilst thanking his fans for their patience via Twitter. Rashad also acknowledges the wait in the album’s introductory track, “where u at” which is a message from TDE’s president, Dave Free, who is anxious to get his hands on Rashad’s latest. The sixteen tracks that follow are worth the wait, and show that Isaiah Rashad is a heavy hitter in the rap game.
Rashad is transparent about the trials and tribulations of maturation on the track “4r Da Squaw”; he spits about the intersections and disconnects between his career growth and the growth of his own child over catchy percussion. Singles “Free Lunch” and “Park” appear on the album early on. The first half also has several quality features.
SiR, Zacari, Syd, Deacon Blues, Kari Faux, Hugh Augustine, and fellow TDE members Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and SZA all make appearances. While Kendrick murders “Wat’s Wrong”, an introspective track, and proclaims “I’m the best rapper since twenty five”, Rashad holds his own, proving that he may be following in Kendrick’s footsteps.
Syd provides backup vocals on “Silkk Da Shocka”, a poetic track reminiscent of “West Savannah” off of Rashad’s earlier work Civia Demo. After Rashad describes the passion between him and his lover, Dave Free makes another appearance in the song's outro. He reassures Rashad of his ability to create meaningful content and comments on his versatility.
The Sun’s Tirade proves Dave Free right; from sentimental tracks to gangsta bars on “A Lot,” Rashad delivers. Each track is a vignette that provides listeners with a glimpse into Rashad’s psyche. The variety of themes, flows and vocal inflections reveal that Isaiah Rashad is a complicated guy and a rising voice in rap music.