The Sun's Tirade

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #343 / 758
User Score
Based on 272 ratings
2016 Ratings: #61
September 2, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
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.

83
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.

81
Pitchfork
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.
80
HipHopDX

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.

80
XXL

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

80
AllMusic

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

75
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.

70
Drowned in Sound

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

60
Exclaim!

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

60
The Needle Drop
Top Dawg Entertainment's Isaiah Rashad returns with his highly anticipated commercial full-length debut.
40
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.
BruhMan
96
FAVORITE TRACKS: 4r Da Squaw, Free Lunch, Rosegold, Wat's Wrong, Park, Silkk Da Shocka, Tity and Dolla, Stuck in the Mud, Brenda & Find a Topic (homies begged)

LEAST FAVORITE: A lot & Don't Matter
DiegoPaim01
76
Esperada estréia do rapper sulista, este trabalho é bem satisfatório embora ainda demonstre possibilidades de evolução e melhora. Isaiah apresenta nestas 17 canções uma variedade bem grande na sua cadência e líricidade, sendo agressivo, reflexivo ou simplesmente divertido em diferentes momentos deste álbum, sempre soando de forma sólida e coesa. A sonoridade ajuda muito neste sentido, com uma produção ... read more
MarkCooper
85
Original Score: 77

After a battle with addiction, Isaiah sounds like a really humbled guy. A reality check seems to have done him good because this album is fantastic. I love how he opens the entire project with the TDE Exec's message about how he needs to release something. Everything about this album has its act together, including the music. It's more concentrated, soulful, and mature. One thing I didn't like about Cilvia was that Isaiah seemed to be copying every hot raper at the time ... read more
scott96k
60
Hoping my opinion on this album changes the more I listen to it but at the moment I cant help but feel underwhelmed.

Edit: Thankfully this did grow on me a bit and I learnt to appreciate the more laid back approach, however I still think Cilvia Demo was a better project.
chuyin49
84
One of the best albums TDE has put out. Isaiah has become one of my favorite rappers after listening to this.
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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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