Isaiah Rashad | Shot U Down
Isaiah Rashad is hungry. Just listen, and he’ll tell you. Rashad posted a hot new joint (two, if you count the artwork above) called “Shot U Down”, showcasing the Chattanooga, Tennessee artist’s raw potential and flow, that apparently sparked interest from Top Dawg Entertainment . “Mama taught me betta / Can’t count on niggas / Can’t count on weather / Gold digga nigga … / I’m prayin’ for some good rappers in the Fleetwood / Where I gotta bring my A-Game / You just dig us / We don’t wanna hear that weak shit in niggas’ speaka / Rockin’ old flows / Cornrows and a beeper.” There are a lot of high-quality touches here, beyond the steady flow. There’s a flute loop that made me think back to Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” track, “Lil’ Ghetto Boy”. Rashad’s smooth combination of storytelling, witty phrases, slick rhymes touched with anger and humor, punctuated with a strong melodic chorus, is reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar’s recent “good kid, m.A.A.d city”. The track ends with a rasta-fied heavy-hook West Coast toker’s vibe. And that shouldn’t surprise, if Rashad’s taste says anything, he’s got a twitter link to Devin The Dude’s silky track, “What a Job” (feat. Snoop Dogg and Andre 3000), from off his underrated record, “Waiting To Inhale” (2007). Note: All lyrics are unofficial. — David D. Robbins Jr.