Isaiah Rashad Opens Up About Rehab, Alcoholism, and His New Album

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Isaiah Rashad gets personal for The Fader‘s May 2021 cover story.

On the verge of releasing a new single and album, Top Dawg Entertainment signee Isaiah Rashad recently sat down with journalist Jeff Weiss for the May 2021 Fader cover story. The enigmatic Chattanooga, Tennessee MC opened up about what he’s been up to since the release of his 2016 album The Sun’s Tirade.

The profile details Rashad’s many struggles since the start of his career–culminating in a stint at the Dana Point rehab facility in Orange County, California. There, Rashad revealed, he was prescribed an anti-seizure medication to treat frequent severe panic attacks.

“There wasn’t a whole bunch of recovery [after The Sun’s Tirade],” he admitted. “I just went into the interviews and told n—-s I f—ed my life and health up. Then I went on tour and it ain’t like a lot of s–t had changed. If anything it got worse, but it just didn’t look as bad outwardly because I had so much going on.”

Rashad has openly struggled with a creative block in recent years, and in the profile he expounds on the situation. “I took it seriously,” he says of recording new music, “but I was drunk in the studio and trying my best to make my confidence swell way larger than it actually was at the time. I couldn’t pull off even acting like I wanted to rap for money, or like I wanted to rap to express myself. I didn’t know exactly how to put into words what I felt.”

On Friday, Isaiah will drop the video for “Lay Wit Ya,” featuring fellow Tennesseean Duke Deuce. The single is the first from his long-awaited comeback album, The House is Burning. Back in January, Rashad revealed in a since-deleted tweet that he’d recorded the full project sober.

“I just wanted this s–t to sound fun,” he says of the album. “If I’m sad, people don’t need to be able to tell. And this is probably my most depressing album.”

Stay tuned for further updates on Isaiah Rashad and The House is Burning.

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