isaiah Rashad may have gotten all of our attentions with his signing to TDE but if his debut project proves anything it’s that TDE or not he deserves it. With a wide range of sounds from mellow minimalist beats to southern bangers every track showcases Isaiah’s vast repertoire. The hooks are infectious even when laced with thoughts of suicide. The few guests present add little touches to elevate the track. Fellow TDE newcomer SZA makes a perfect combination on tracks like ‘Ronnie Drake’ and ‘West Savannah’.
The lyrics are what really sets the mixtape apart and makes it instantly worthy of the great projects his label mates have dropped. He constantly reflects on his father’s departure with sharp almost vengeful lines
My daddy left me with no details
Came back with a bitch and a stepson
I guess he forgot that he left somethin’
He must have been saving the best burn
To those that show he’s still learning to cope with it all
And daddy why you call me while you drunk?
And why you never love me when I need it
And I don’t wanna be like you no more
And I been tryna cope I’m getting weak
Then to touches of his thoughts of suicide and being a father himself. At the end of his project he seems like a familiar friend whose story you know as well your own, and that’s what makes this the most intriguing debut release in a long time. If this project is any indicator he will be one of the best rappers to emerge in the past year.