He might not be on everyone’s top rapper list right now, but you can bet your last dollar that Isaiah Rashad will be in those conversations at some point sooner than later. To add some context for those that may not be familiar with rapper, the south has been known for breeding some of Hip Hop’s hardest artists for years now. His debut studio album The Sun’s Tirade set the tone for the Chattanooga, TN rapper, being his debut release as a Top Dawg Entertainment (he signed in 2013). With TDE being the home of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Ab-Soul and others, it only made sense that Isaiah Rashad was a part of this dynasty. Today (July 30), he drops off his sophomore studio LP The House Is Burning.
Not only is this Isaiah’s first album since 2016, the project will also mark the first TDE release of 2021, which will hopefully signal a shift in momentum for the notably quiet label. Beyond that, it’s all about Isaiah Rashad for the time being. Based on the singles we’ve heard thus far— a streak that recently saw the release of “Wat U Sed” featuring Kal Banx & Donechi — the project is certainly shaped up to be one of his best yet.
Spanning a total of 16 records, we’re looking at guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Rock, Duke Deuce, Smino, Amindi, Jay Worthy, SZA, 6lack, YGTUT, Donechii, and Kal Banx. On the production side, look for contributions from Kenny Beats, Devin Malik, Kal Banx, Hollywood Cole, J. LBS, Henry Was, Amaire Jognson, Tiggi, and more.
With Isaiah being in a very hopeful place right now with his music, it was also the most challenging thing for him while recording the album (as briefly discussed in an interview with Complex). Check out the album and tweet us know your thoughts.