Isaiah Rashad first got introduced to the world with his debut project Cilvia Demo. While it was a very strong debut for an artist almost nobody had heard about, it still felt like a compilation of sorts. It sounded like a collection of his works past and present to get people up to speed on who this kid was. It’s been two years since that debut and people have been anxiously waiting for anything new to drop. Being on TDE is a huge stamp of approval, but also a huge source of pressure to deliver, so people (myself included) were expecting to hear something even bigger and better with The Sun’s Tirade.
Look, watch, spill out your soul in the closet
Don’t question your passion
We flipped that reefer we couldn’t be ashing
They got me so high that I look like I’m passive
Bitch, don’t you know who you asking?
Bitch have you tutored the pastor
I know the root and the master
I know the coupe was a casket
Much like his first offering, The Sun’s Tirade continues his trend of using laid back, soulful, southern beats as his backdrops. But more Scarface than Outkast. “4r Da Squaw” and “Wat’s Wrong” may be my two favorite tracks off the album. The former laid with a smooth jazz like loop with slow kicks and snares layered on top, and the latter full of country guitar strings, soulful vocals, and soft piano keys. They really give you that feeling of creeping through the streets in an old school on a hot summer day. A lot of the production falls in this same vein, but whereas Cilvia Demo was almost exclusively these types of beats, The Sun’s Tirade has some more beats outside of his comfort zone in “A Lot”, “AA”, and “Don’t Matter”. I do love the laid back sound he works with, but I would love to see what he could do on more upbeat production.
Give me a day where I can play and I can pamper my wrist
Chrome inside pampers and shit
Grown and defenseless, long for my sister
Songs that’ll get ya home my nigga
I got a blunt inside my granny whip
Like my granny did, when she was dealin’ with them damages
A lot of people were comparing Rashad to Kendrick when he first popped up on the scene, but I just don’t see it. It’s clear that he has his own style and subject matter apart from his label counterparts. The album is full of his anxiety, as he raps about dealing with depression and addiction. It’s all extremely personal and humanizes Rashad in a manner that very few rappers are. He delivers all of this in an almost lucid, stream of conscious manner that sees him nonchalantly switching from one subject to another. You won’t find punchlines and crazy metaphors on The Sun’s Tirade, but you will find relatable verses and music for you to vibe out to. A mix of song’s with deep personal reflection and song’s about nothing at all.
Have you heard The Sun’s Tirade? What did you think about it? Did you dig the vibes? Do you wish there were more upbeat moments? Let me know in the comments below and leave a rating for the album.
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