Welcome back, Zay.
It’s been a while since we got new music from Isaiah Rashad. The Chattanooga-bred TDE rapper’s last album, The Sun’s Tirade, came in 2016. Since then, he would fall back to work on himself, following battles with drug addiction, depression, a rehab stint, and going broke from “supporting friends and family, buying clothes, and eating really expensive sandwiches.'”
Having pushed through those issues, Zay would bounce back with “Why Worry” in 2020, before fully returning in 2021 with a string of loosies and freestyles, all leading up to his long-awaited album, The House Is Burning.
“It’s like a scenario that you either can lay down with the flames or die from trying to hold on to material things and shit like that, or you can get out in a timely manner,” Isaiah tells Rolling Stone. “And if it all burns down, you still going to try to figure it out, right? Because if not, you might as well just lay in that motherfucker. You got to start over. Shit, sometimes you got to start over two, three, four times, man. Five times, six times. It’s just that type of shit. That’s all it means. You got to have encouraged thinking. Character traits. Perseverance.”
A 16-song drop, THIB is led by the singles “Lay Wit Ya,” “Headshots (4r Da Locals),” and “Wat U Sed“. On top of the Duke Deuce, Doechii and Kal Banx features from the singles, there’s also contributions from Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Rock, Smino, YGTUT, SZA, 6LACK,and Amindi. On the production tip; beats provided by Devin Malik, Hollywood Cole, Kal Banx, J. Lbs, Amaire Johnson, Kenny Beats, and a few others.
Stream the album in its entirety, below.