Written by Andrew White
Isaiah Rashad has been on his own path for a while. The Chattanooga native has been living life on his own accord and his narrative is reflective of such in his art. His challenges range from staying linked to his southern roots after relocating to Cali and keeping up with critical acclaim while raising his two children. But lately, his most challenging test has been his bout with drug and alcohol abuse. Rashad’s momentum has only been sidetracked, not derailed.
Cilvia Demo netted him critical acclaim and a slew of new fans with hard cuts such as "Webbie Flow," "R.I.P. Kevin Miller" and "Brad Jordan”. It was clear that Top Dawg Entertainment had found a budding young talent to add to their already super team of artists. This was the beginning of a bright future for Rashad, however due to drugs and alcohol his career was nearly cut short.
"Today was a keeper/ I lost my heroes a long time ago."
- Isaiah Rashad, "Free Lunch"
It took a threatening promise by TDE management to drop him from the label and a worried mother to get Rashad back on course. Rather than reveling in his turmoil, Isaiah learned from his mistakes and returned to the studio. There, he would rise and craft his new project, The Sun's Tirade. This past August, he dropped a bunch of strong cuts including "Free Lunch", "I Mean," and "Park", reminding fans that he’s back in action. His first single “Free Lunch” is a poignant, feel good track that reminds everybody to get their meal ticket up. The song is a fun shout out to Rashad’s hometown, where he reminisces about what life would be had he not acquired rap fame. Rashad also states that the song is also a reference to selling drugs, which is from his brother’s perspective. He sets the scene, spitting casually, "The trunk was for the rappers known to cop what's cool and smoke and peace." The visual is reflective of Rashad’s simplistic and playful aesthetic.
Throughout the entire record Rashad recognizes his own demons and finds his reasons to keep it moving. He channels Kid Cudi and Nirvana themed teen angst, pulling out wirey guitars for the moving collaboration “Stuck In The Mud” with his TDE "sister" Sza. The music hasn’t changed; it's only more personal. On “Wat’s Wrong”, his O.G Kendrick murders the track, while Rashad sticks offers a more reflective perspective and keeps it cool. He's only sticking to his own script and although Top Dawg's on his ass he found his own timing as well as a silver lining.