TDE’s Southern rep Isaiah Rashad is set to drop his proper full-length debut, The Sun’s Tirade, at the end of the week. There was a two-year wait in-between his excellent mixtape Cilvia Demo and the new album with a couple one-offs here and there. Today, on the latest episode of the Juan Epstein podcast, Rashad revealed some details about his hiatus.
The Chattanooga rapper said he was struggling with drug and alcohol abuse on-and-off for the last couple years, becoming addicted to Xanax and alcohol severely enough for Top Dawg CEO Anthony Tiffith to step in. Rashad opened up about his struggles, which were so bad that at one point he was almost dropped from the label.
Top sent me home until I got my shit together. He sent me home from the squad. You ain’t heard from me. You ain’t heard me drop shit until I got my shit together. Now, I got my shit together. I’m cool. Like, ain’t nobody cool. I was addicted to some shit so it’s not like I don’t think about it every once in awhile. I just know I got a bigger goal to do.
Zay attended rehab and is in a much better place for the release of his album. He has stopped using Xanax entirely and drinks in moderation on occasion.
The Sun’s Tirade is out 9/2 on TDE. Details are below.