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Isaiah Rashad

Smile

Top Dawg Entertainment
"When I listen to the deacon say it I'm pullin' over/I've been prayin' with the reefer head, yeah/in the valley, meditatin'..." Nice booming jazz sound, heavy-hitting upright bass, a lick of Curtis, a non-stop mind and mouth in motion, a chorus that then brilliantly absconds into a near dream-state of fucked-upness, eyes heavy-lidded looking out of a car window at the rain and neon. TDE can't help themselves (do check out Ali's Throwback TDE Mixes on Soundcloud won't you, they're awesome) which makes the sporadic, sparse nature of their output a refreshing change from the glut being provided elsewhere. Hopefully from that album he promised last year. Unmissable and unmistakeable.
8.5