Isaiah Rashad: Can His Debut Album Follow Up From His Perfect EP?

By Sumit Rehal

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Isaiah Rashad popped up out of nowhere at the end of 2013 and stole the hearts of TDE’s faithful a few years later with his “EP”, Cilvia Demo.

We put the term EP in speech marks because this project had a staggering 14 song tracklist, with not one single throwaway in site. Nearly 3 years later, the Tennessee rapper  finally releases his debut album, coming out on September 2.

Rashad already had the perfect breakthrough with Cilvia, turning our emotions inside out from paternal conflicts in Hereditary, then turn up anthems in RIP Kevin Miller, drifting to reminiscing with your girl in West Savannah and then outright beastery in Banana. This could be a curse as it has left us wondering, how can he follow up with such floetry from his last project?

Luckily, barring Ab-Soul’s These Days, TDE have mastered the art of consistency. Kendrick Lamar has managed to outshine his previous projects ever since the days of Overly Dedicated. ScHoolboy Q’s Habits and Contradictions had trumped Setbacks, as did Jay Rock’s Follow Me Home after Black Friday.

The 25-year old had already shared visuals for new single, Free Lunch earlier this month, showing the MC literally laundering money while spitting some fire bars about his new life in California.

Meal ticket, ticket, meal ticket, ticket, come up, uh

Still in my liver, real niggas in my condom, huh

This loosey was then followed by a fire “freestyle” in I Mean, which apparently will not even feature on the new album, despite the tenacity on the track.

What you want to do? On the real, this some gutter shit

So-Cal, cutter, I smile for the fuck of it

Watch out for our review of this highly anticipated LP, till then we are wondering what Rashad will name it. Any guesses? Tweet us @HLNation_

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