The Sun's Tirade

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
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Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #350 / 947
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Based on 749 ratings
2016 Ratings: #86
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The Line of Best Fit

The unsettling irony of this album is that it sounds mellow as hell. And it’s amazing - Rashad’s raspy-suave flow floats over subtle jazz-inflected beats, sounding like Vince Staples hotboxing a Cadillac.

Consequence of Sound

It’s not as ambitious as it could have been, but it works due to its sheer expressiveness, one man going through the motions and chronicling every movement, a tirade in the purest sense.

The Tennessee rapper and TDE associate really finds his voice on his second album, one filled with the tensions caused by a cycle of self-loathing and self-discovery.

Back and better than ever are the spaced-out blues he demonstrated on Cilvia Demo, and even if Shad’s slurred bars suffer from hints of attention deficit, he scales scat-riddled verses more smoother than any TDE artist not named Cornrow Kenny.


He lets his rhymes and observations do the talking, and the end result is one of the most refreshing rap records of the year.


The mere existence of the album is a kind of feat. It's up to the label's high standard, a riveting composite of grief and filth like no other.


Rashad’s wheelhouse has expanded since his understated 2014 masterpiece Cilvia Demo, and he tries things on The Sun’s Tirade that show he’s learned from his TDE brethren about stretching the boundaries of hip-hop.

Pretty Much Amazing

Albums like ScHoolboy Q’s recent Black Face LP, Ab-Soul’s Control System and Kendrick Lamar’s albums manage to justify their runtimes through great beats and rapping. This one has a comparatively lower average on both fronts.

Drowned in Sound

The Sun's Tirade is a good hip-hop album, especially for a chill summer's day.


The Sun's Tirade is pleasant, but it's not timeless.

The Needle Drop
Top Dawg Entertainment's Isaiah Rashad returns with his highly anticipated commercial full-length debut.
No Ripcord
Each song on this album makes its own point, but does it in exactly the same tone as the last. The end result is 17 tracks of one sound in a row, all bleeding into each other.
When I was in college, I have a super clear memory of me and a couple of friends going out one Saturday night. We had a long of day of being degenerates, and we were hungry. It was late March of my senior year, and had no idea what to do with my life. What a weird age. You're an adult technically but no life experience. The amount of freedom and uncertainty that was in the balance of my life was absurd.

Anyways, on this night we decided to go to this bomb taco spot. It was raining this night ... read more
[83.19] The Sun's Tirade is much more present than Cilvia, in it's production and flow it stands out as in my opinion his real first album of sorts. Somehow even more Outkast-y than the last, Rashad represents the southern hip/hop image he is so very well known for, though for me at least I find some misses on this project, unlike Cilvia which stuck to more or less a safe mixtape sound.

favs - 4r Da Squaw, Free Lunch, Rope // rosegold, Wat's Wrong, Park, AA, Brenda, Find a Topic (homies ... read more
The vibes are immaculate.
Also Park is one of the hardest songs of the century.
For people whose dorms were blowin up with Cilvia Demo on repeat, this drags just a bit though I definitely never called it boring, just hard to top a debut like the Demo.
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Track List

  1. where u at?
  2. 4r Da Squaw
  3. Free Lunch
  4. Rope (feat. SiR) // rosegold
  5. Wat's Wrong (feat. Zacari & Kendrick Lamar)
  6. Park
  7. Bday (feat. Deacon Blues & Kari Faux)
  8. Silkk Da Shocka (feat. Syd)
  9. Tity and Dolla (feat. Hugh Augustine & Jay Rock)
  10. Stuck in the Mud (feat. SZA)
  11. A lot
  12. AA
  13. Dressed Like Rappers
  14. Don't Matter
  15. Brenda
  16. by george (outro)
  17. Find a Topic (homies begged)
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Added on: August 26, 2016