Isaiah Rashad
The Sun's Tirade


4.5
superb

Review

by rufinthefury USER (22 Reviews)
May 4th, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Doing what they can't and want"

I've tried to write a review for this album numerous times since it came out and I've decided that I could never do it justice. How do you write about something you absolutely love but where there is no topic except the lack of topic" Well, that's a lie. Actually, it's a bit of the truth. To pen down one solid concept is impossible as this album soars all over, exploring within the bounds of Isaiah's life since dropping Cilvia Demo. Flooded with new money and fame it's easy to see why Zaywop went off on a rampage fueled by weed, xanax, and alcohol, his family and the music be damned. When TDE considers dropping you twice for not having music ready something is majorly wrong considering TDE's horrible release schedule, but they pick their artists for a reason after all. "I'm not no mother***ing maybe / I'm for mother***ing real, dog" he says on "4r da Squaw." He's not wrong. Cilvia Demo proved his lyrical ability and The Sun's Tirade proves his mastery of one of the hardest but most important elements of hip hop: putting your life on wax.

Isaiah pours out his soul on this project and he's not scared to show the highest highs of hedonistic living nor the burnt out lows of the aftermath. Songs like "Bday" and "A lot" are hazy, xan'd out stream of conscious raps that perfectly illustrate his total inability to concentrate on one idea when faded. Throughout all his drugged out misadventures Zaywop constantly wavers between wanting to clean up, live with his lover, and be a good father, but at the same time trying to be "rich as a bitch in a drop." These aren't even goals that conflict for most, but it's all Isaiah can think about while he's wasted. His deepest desires. And he can only do one at a time. Deep in the album, "Dressed Like Rappers" represents one of his few truly lucid moments as he examines "real life / what does it feel like"" He finally looks in the mirror and sees himself. Depressed. Unable to write. High as ***. Constantly on the road. Unable to see his kids. But still, "You're everything I love" he croons to his twenties, "Hoes and weed, and I can testify." And the listener looks in the mirror, too. No solutions are given, yet that's part of the joy of The Sun's Tirade. When he says "Thank god I found this rope / I love you" on "Rope // rosegold" is he referring to the rope he was going to use to kill himself or is it the lifeline saving him" This album is whatever you want it to be, a Rorschach test for the listener to view and decide the results. Help yourself or hang yourself, it's up to you. Isaiah just asks the question.

I could go on. I could talk about the sound of this album and how he's got beats that mix A Tribe Called Quest with Outkast and Kendrick Lamar. I suppose I could talk about his outlandish and numerous flows, or the absolutely perfect use of his features. I could talk about how he outrapped King Kendrick on "Wat's Wrong"" Maybe I could even try and touch upon how creative Isaiah is and try to figure out how he could possibly think of some of these songs. He's got the music for the vibers. We just drift along with him for a little bit, trying to comprehend youth and responsibility and the world same as he does. The final verse of "Dressed Like Rappers" ends with "If I should die / I had a nice time." I think that's fine enough.



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rufinthefury
May 4th 2017


3081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've played this album maybe too much recently but man it hit and I vibe with it to a ridiculous extent. Sorry I didn't talk about the actual sound of the album at all but I haven't written ina while so it always came out shit. I've been very bad at creative writing recently. Finals week failureeeeee



Top 3 songs: 4r Da Squaw, Park, Dressed Like Rappers. Props to AA, Silkk da Shocka, and Free Lunch which were previously my favs.



One last note, this album is infinitely quotable. Maybe the most quotable Blum ever. "Hoes, dreams, stuck in the mud." "I LOOK MORE CUBAN THAN MAVERICK" "Top Dawg do your bitch bad" "Meal ticket ticket meal ticket ticket comma uh" "I can't admit. I've been depressed. I hit a wall. Ouch."

Pheromone
May 5th 2017


6508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, saw him live in london a couple weeks back was pretty insane.

guitarded_chuck
May 5th 2017


16736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this was a bit disappointing after clivia, doesnt seem very focused or as if full effort was put into it, still good though

rufinthefury
May 5th 2017


3081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definitely not as focused, but i think that's part of the magic tbh

frigyourgenre
July 30th 2017


3787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

find a topic bangs

frigyourgenre
July 31st 2017


3787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

real life

what does it feel like?

suppatime
September 12th 2017


1306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this grew on me hard after i kept listening to it. one of the best rappers out rn.

guitarded_chuck
September 12th 2017


16736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hes got big potential and this did go a bit overlooked and underrated but still the project felt a bit lacking in effort and polish imo, was a bit disappointing since cilvia was dope

suppatime
September 12th 2017


1306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i can see how someone would think that, i mean i felt that at first but the more i listened to it, the more it worked for me. he definitely was really fucked off alcohol and bars the whole time he made it and it shows. supposedly he's a lot better now, definitely excited for whatever he puts out next.

JSSwaffy
January 14th 2018


6 Comments


I love this fucking album still just as much

Great review

frigyourgenre
January 14th 2018


3787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah

TobiasFunke
February 20th 2018


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so underrated. Second half definitely tails off, but Brenda is a top 3 song on here, and Find a Topic is dope as well.



Plus, that first half is some of the best hip hop of 2016

MyShadow
March 27th 2018


773 Comments


finally listening to this in full

i prefer cilvia

joesmoe4000
May 21st 2018


630 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

of course not another Cilvia but this album is highly underrated/appreciated.

rufinthefury
August 29th 2018


3081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

STILL in love with this album

suppatime
August 30th 2018


1306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

same but i haven't jammed it in a minute

frigyourgenre
September 2nd 2018


3787 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this album



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