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The Wait Is Over: Isaiah Rashad Releases Long-Awaited LP 'The House Is Burning' [Album Review]

Carter Fife

Few artists in recent memory have been able to amass an air of speculation-fueled mythos and anxious excitement in fans like Isaiah Rashad. In the five years that have passed since his 2016 project The Sun’s Tirade, the TDE rapper has experienced just as much struggle as he has success – but the seemingly unending wait comes to a conclusion this week with the fated release of The House Is Burning. After numerous delays, album changes, and more, Isaiah Rashad triumphantly re-introduces himself to fans across 16 new tracks featuring appearances from artists like Smino, Iamdoechii, and SZA.

Known for his laid-back bouncy hip-hop bangers, Isaiah Rashad stays true to his style on The House Is Burning – but this time around he introduces a heavier dose of southern swagger into the mix. Tracks like “Lay Wit Ya” featuring Duke Deuce and “RIP Young” highlight Rashad’s Tennessee origins with breezy and percussion-heavy mixes – the latter of which sports vocals from Project Pat himself. Whether trading bars with Lil Uzi Vert on the eclectic “From The Garden” or yelling “All my dogs got it filled up, it’s still jumpin!” on the high-energy “9-3 Freestyle," Isaiah Rashad consistently proves himself to be at the top of his game. With the undeniable chemistry between him and the guests that he showcases on The House Is Burning – it almost feels like Isaiah Rashad never even left.

The House Is Burning is a record that was able to generate a rare and intangibly large amount of hype, and what’s even more uncommon, is that it was able to stick the landing. Dropping a handful of long-awaited tracks like “Runnin” with ScHoolboy Q in the week before its release served as the perfect appetizer before the main dish, and luckily Isaiah Rashad was able to satiate his fans once again. Though the young rapper notes that he hopes his next record comes out before the next five years pass us by – his fans will be sure to be on their toes until then. For the time being, put this record on and celebrate not only a perfectly crafted journey into the mind of one of hip-hop’s finest, but also a job well done.

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