The Sun’s Tirade is the long-awaited (and almost never was) new album from TDE-signee Isaiah Rashad. Following the much-publicized releases from other TDE rappers Kendrick Lamar (untitled.unmastered.) and ScHoolboy Q (Blank Face LP), Tirade is more laid back than its predecessors, but just as rewarding in its ability to prove Rashad’s versatility. The entire album is a worthy addition to any ‘Best of 2016′ playlist, yet an undeniable highlight is the (I know, shocking) Kendrick Lamar-featured “Wat’s Wrong,” with an assist from Zacari on the hook. The track opens up Rashad’s sound, his traditional chopped, narcotic instrumentals traded in for something more blissful and soulful. Everything’s on point on “Wat’s Wrong,” yet it’s Lamar who once again steals the show. He spends most of his verse reminding us that he’s our current GOAT – “I made enough residuals to hide some” is one memorable line, “I’m the best rapper since twenty five / Been like that for a while now, I’m twenty-nine / Any nigga that disagree is a fuckin’ liar,” another – but he isn’t on autopilot or throwing up heat-checks. He’s just as tactical as he’s ever been, instilling that ethic into Rashad’s sound. “I get so ahead of myself / I’m running in circles,” sings Zacari on the chorus, and it’s meant to signal complacency, being stuck in neutral. But that’s not the line’s only read; because can’t the same be said of a victory lap?
The Sun’s Tirade is out now.