Isaiah Rashad Talks Clarinet Skills, Overcoming Addiction, & "The Sun's Tirade"

Danny Schwartz
September 08, 2016 14:56
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HNHH interviews Isaiah Rashad, TDE's young gun.

Two days before Isaiah Rashad's debut album The Sun's TiradeRashad stopped by HNHH's New York office to chop it up.

After detailing his clarinet repertoire, which began in his childhood with TI's "24's" and Memphis Bleek's "Round Here," Rashad explained how he conceived the title "The Sun's Tirade." Originally, he planned to call it "White Walls" -- "like a new apartment" -- but ultimately decided that he didn't want the title to sounds like a "fresh start."

Rashad briefly touched on his drug issues and how he overcame addiction. "I think the turning point probably was when my mom saw me drunk," he recalled. "She saw me and it was kind of weird. Me and my mom smoke and shit, but we don't drink, so it was kind of strange."

Finally, he reflected on his membership in TDE and how his labelmates inspire him to be the best rapper he can be. "Even if I wanna sing or play the clarinet, do whatever - [I want to] be a top rhymer at all times.... Creatively, they are the most embracing group of people I can imagine."

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