The Sinclair 1/30
Coasting on the success of his second studio album, The Sun's Tirade, Isaiah Rashad is touring the country on his "Lil Sunny Tour". Having been an Isaiah Rashad super fan for the last couple years, it felt like Christmas when I got the email saying I had been confirmed for a photo pass for this show. I bought a ticket right when they dropped, but being able to experience AND take pictures of one of my favorite artists seemed too good to be true.
Supported by the funky Lance Skiiiwalker and rising talent Jay IDK, Isaiah Rashad put on a show that felt true to his tour's name. Even in the darkness of The Sinclair, his laid-back energy felt sunny. Isaiah Rashad is unique in the rap world in that he seems perfectly aware that he may never achieve the mainstream appeal of his TDE counterparts Kendrick Lamar or Schoolboy Q, and is content with instead making "music for the vibers". This self-awareness enables him to focus on telling his story rather than the story that he thinks everyone else wants to hear. His ability to mold incredibly intimate narrative into his signature low-key, sunny sound is special.
Drawing on material across his whole discography, Isaiah Rashad kept two straight sold-out shows engaged and having a blast (or at least I was). His ability to create a sense of intimacy is not limited to just his music, and the show felt very interactive and inclusive rather than just a performer on stage singing at the audience. Overall, it was definitely one of the best shows I have ever been to and I would highly recommend going if he is in a city near you.
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