After a lengthy wait and a ton of hype, Isaiah Rashad’s debut album, The Sun’s Tirade, finally launched today. A part of the celebrated TDE Records (home of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, and Jay Rock, among others), Rashad has always shown a lot of promise, but it’ll be admittedly difficult to escape the shadow of some of the other more established artists.
At first listen, The Sun’s Tirade is a solid debut, highlighted by the single “Free Lunch.” The production across the board is good, but Rashad’s incredibly laid-back delivery sometimes does a disservice to his skills as a lyricist. The other highlight “Wat’s Wrong,” shows this perfectly– Rashad starts out very strong, but then gets blown out of the water by Kendrick Lamar’s feature. It obviously takes some time to deliver the level of confidence, showmanship, and theatrical presence that Lamar frequently demonstrates but his delivery is so texturally different that it stands out immediately.
That said there is a lot on The Sun’s Tirade that works and shows a great deal of promise for Isaiah Rashad as an artist in the future.