Today, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Isaiah Rashad returns with “Headshots (4r Da Locals),” a meditative new song that explores grief and trauma through soulful introspection. The track is the latest single from Rashad’s long-awaited second album, The House Is Burning. Listen to “Headshots (4r Da Locals)” HERE.
With otherworldly production and impressionistic lyrics that explore heavy themes, the track spills out reflective lines like “It feel good since a ni**a been back but a ni**a done changed”. “Change, change, changed/Weed couldn’t settle my fire/Couldn’t cover my pain, pain, pain, pain, pain.” Zay comes to a grim realization about the things money can’t buy and the fallen brothers that no amount of drink can resurrect. “Crib bigger than Budapest,” he raps. “And the shots ain’t bringing my soldiers back.”
“Headshots (4r Da Locals)” is the latest sign of the attention, care, and intense self-observation Rashad has put into The House Is Burning, his first album since 2016’s acclaimed The Sun’s Tirade. Last month, he announced his return with “Lay Wit Ya,” a pulsating bop powered by claustrophobic bass, haunting keys, and a high-octane verse from his fellow Tennessee star, Duke Deuce.
With plenty of thoughts to unfurl, flows to unload, and stories to tell, Isaiah Rashad is on a path to triumph as anticipation continues to build to a fever pitch around his return.
“His raps are often pillars of resilience or anxious rubble.” – Rolling Stone
“Lay Wit Ya,” is vintage Rashad, as he delivers a commanding performance alongside his Memphis cohort Duke Deuce.” – Billboard
“Lay Wit Ya” perfectly personifies the crunk vibes of the dagger banger that allows Zay Wop to preach his broken street sermon and imbued the record with his signature raspy raps and harmonies.” -HipHopDX
“Isaiah Rashad is finally making his triumphant return” -HYPEBEAST