25. Isaiah Rashad - 'The Sun's Tirade'
Release date: September 2
My Isaiah Rashad standom is a running joke amongst the Pigeons & Planes team. Laugh all you want, nerds—Isaiah Rashad provided 2016 with something no one else could. The Sun's Tirade comes only two years after Rashad's equally impressive Cilvia Demo, and continues to explore the lo-fi, intensely personal battles with fatherhood and addiction, the former of which almost derailed the Chattanooga rapper's career between albums.
The most tangible difference between Tirade and Cilvia is the guest features. The additions of Kendrick Lamar, Syd, and SZA, provide depth and a refreshing change of pace amidst the demons. But my personal favorites are still the songs that isolate Rashad's raw emotions. Featureless tracks like "4r da squaw" and "Free Lunch" are examples of the artist at work, and even though the album's voicemail interludes indicate it was like pulling teeth, The Sun's Tirade was worth the wait. And as always, TDE's production team tailors their sound to fit the musical needs of the featured rapper, with great success— this is one of three TDE releases on this list.—Graham Corrigan