Isaiah Rashad Talks New Album and How He's the Tim Duncan of Rap

Isaiah Rashad doesn’t miss out on. On July 30, the self-proclaimed Tim Duncan of rap launched his brand-new album, Your Home Is Burning, to prevalent important recognition and fan approval. Your Home Is Burning is Rashad’s 3rd main job, following the release of an excellent studio album, The Sun’s Tirade, in 2016 and breakout launching EP, Cilvia Demonstration, in 2014. 

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., however based in Los Angeles, Calif., Rashad was when declared as “successive” and “increasing star” among a TDE superteam of Kendrick Lamar, School Child Q, Jay Rock and SZA. With Your Home Is Burning debuting at No. 7 on the Signboard 200 chart since Aug.8, it’s safe to state that 30-year-old Isaiah Rashad (who likewise passes Zay) has actually shown up in fully-fledged super star mode. 

“In my mind, I’m three-for-three with this shit as a young n****,” Rashad informs SLAM. “I’m thinking of being Tim Duncan in 2003 kind of shit.” 

The Spurs contrasts don’t stop there. In reality, his dad was a big Spurs fan, so Rashad himself matured with a deep gratitude for the pass-heavy San Antonio system of the early 2000s. “Having the ability to be configured early seeing basketball, I kinda valued the principles of basketball, and the team effort element,” Rashad states. 

There is a parallel in between Rashad’s love for team effort and how he approaches his own artistry. “I treat my functions like weapons. I’m like, ‘who’s gonna can be found in today, and who can I pass this rock to?’ I believe I get damn near the very best verses anytime someone gets on my tune. Creatively, that shit resembles an oop.” 

On Your Home Is Burning, Rashad gets aid from partners consisting of Lil Uzi Vert, 6LACK, Duke Deuce and Smino, and contacts labelmates SZA and Jay Rock to complete the 16-track album. “[The songs] are dealt with them more than myself,” Zay states. “I understand I might develop some insane shit on my own, however it feels cooler having the ability to call someone and resemble ‘Yo—we did that shit.’”

Apart from being extremely f**kin’ proficient in his own right, among Rashad’s greatest strengths is he understands how and when to count on other gifted individuals, whether it’s a fellow artist, a manufacturer, or a supervisor.

“There’s actually excellent freestylers or fight rap artists who have actually excellent principles down, and they be among those people who eliminate your ass at Venice today—they’ll ball out like Kobe at Venice. However if you put them on the fuckin’ flooring, they don’t understand how to operate in a group system,” Zay states. “It’s a group thing with you and the beat, and you gotta understand who you playin’ with, and with the manufacturer and what you can do with that shit.”

Rashad use a varied variety of feelings in his music—a result born from his flexibility in the studio, where he puts care and believed into every chord, ad-lib, or vehicle ignition sound impact. The Southern affects on Your Home Is Burning are well-placed, from the Task Pat and 3 6 Mafia-sampled tracks to the more subtle hallmarks like sluggish pacing and scratches. “I attempt to update something that’s not going on today,” Rashad states, mentioning Aretha Franklin and Lupe Mess as other artists he research studies and appreciates.

The album’s diverse noise produces a sleek item. 

 “I’m not gonna rap preferably how I wish to on every beat, so I gotta adapt to it,” Rashad states. “In some cases I gotta get on a beat and I gotta simply play defense the entire time and do countermelodies. Like, I may be understood for riding beats, however I can’t ride that beat—however I like that mothaf**ka, so I gotta develop another method to change, so at the end, I can understand that I dominated that mothaf**ka.” 

Throughout our 30-minute interview, the discussion constantly circles around back to the NBA. Zay’s been rocking with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the previous 8 years and mored than happy to see him get a champion with the Bucks. Looking ahead, Rashad believes the Lakers have a likelihood of winning the ‘chip next year, mentioning the addition of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza and Dwight Howard as proof that LeBron James can now assist in a lot more within the offense, and possibly even pursue a DPOY prize if he so selects. Rashad ranks LeBron over Michael Jordan as a basketball gamer, however provided Jordan approval over ‘Bron as a ‘pure professional athlete.’ Bottom line, the TDE rap artist is an excellent hoops expert, in addition to his numerous other skills. 

So, what’s next for a rap star coming off 3 effective tasks? After a five-year hiatus in between his previous 2 tasks, Zay might possibly provide his fanbase with more constant music in the future.

“My perfect schedule would be I drop some shit every year that was simply tester music. And to some individuals, it may be the very best job I did, so perhaps 10-11 tracks every year. And after that every 3rd or 4th year, like the Olympics, is when I summarize what’s actually going on in my life, and offer [the fans] a genuine piece of work, and not simply an exhibit.”

If Rashad attacks his future tasks with the very same work principles, devotion, and focus as The Huge Basic, then he’s on the ideal course.

“The method I be winning, some individuals don’t like it…And I’m like, that seems like the method individuals speak about Tim Duncan. That seems like how individuals talk[ed] about him his entire profession. I’m like, I enjoy it. I’m finna get this fuckin’ mid-post dive shot on your ass, and I’m finna make it look genuine, genuine, real simple. And it’s gonna appear like I’m not attempting at all.” 


Eli Schwadron is a self-employed author and youth basketball coach based in Washington, DC. You can follow him @eschwad on Twitter and Instagram.

Photos through Vince Nolan and Getty Images.



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