In a recent article, TDE president/manager of one Kendrick Lamar Dave Free mentioned that in 2016 fans should expect new projects from the likes of SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Isaiah Rashad. The latter was no surprise, however, given that he has been offering glimpses of the follow-up to his 2014 debut EP Cilvia Demo for several months now, whether it is an ominous tweet or one-off single “Nelly.” Now, as he gears up to be the next musician from the camp to release a project (following up Jay Rock’s 90059), he has unveiled the latest offering from it in the form of “Smile.”
Steeped in countrified soul, the rap Game Billy Batson employs a nimble double-time flow throughout the groove-ridden number, only slowing down to provide a vocally-warped hook. The second verse, however, is dedicated to his baby mother, as he shares some not-so-complimentary words for her (think: DJ Quik’s verse on Ludacris’ “Spur of the Moment” remix). Whatever the case is, it makes for pretty good music. Assuming that this trend continues, expect Isaiah to be the first release from Top Dawg Entertainment in 2016.
Listen to “Smile” below, and cop a copy of the single on iTunes!