Isaiah Rashad Talks Cilvia EP, Releases ‘RIP Kevin Miller’

Posted: January 16, 2014 by ericbernsen in Interviews, Music, News, Songs/Videos
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While Isaiah Rashad has not yet released a full project, the songs we have heard from the TDE signed rapper are very promising. Tracks like “Shot You Down”, “Ronnie Drake”, and “Brad Jordan” have all been superb as the Chattanooga emcee is able to flow effortlessly over well-chosen production. It was announced late last year that Rashad would be coming out with a project titled Cilvia and although it was planned to be out by the end of 2013, it appears that Isaiah and the TDE camp are still fine tuning it. However, Rashad is still appeasing TDE fans by letting loose tracks every so often and this week we received another gem in “RIP Kevin Miller”. 

It is unclear whether this grouping of songs will be included on Cilvia, but we do know that the project will be an EP and Rashad wants you to be in a certain kind of mood when listening to it, “You just catch the feelin’. That’s how it’s supposed to be. That’s how I want my music to feel. That’s what stuck with me when I was a kid. Even now, in the music I listen to, I like the stuff I can just throw on at any time. I don’t like music that’s just party-appropriate… Just create a vibe. Take me out of where I’m at, bring me somewhere else.”

We also now know that Clivia will not be packed with features as Isaiah wants the body of work to represent him solely as an artist. As Rashad put it, he could have “did the cheat code” and recruited TDE label mates such as Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q to make appearances for promotional purposes. However, that will not be the case and it is a respectable move which should be beneficial in the long-run for the rising star.

Although we do not yet know the details of Cilvia, we are starting to notice a certain theme within Isaiah Rashad’s music with many of his song titles being obscure names that appear to be honoring legendary artists of the past (ex. Scarface). “RIP Kevin Miller” falls in line with this as it references the late brother of Master P. The smooth, southern influenced track is produced by Black Metaphor and features an infectious hook by Rashad as well as strong verses that stand out due to his cadence/delivery.

Many critics are labeling Isaiah Rashad as “the Southern version of Kendrick” and while there are certain similarities between the two, Rashad is his own individual artist and is on the right path of proving that to the world in 2014. It may take time for the masses to recognize the talent of Isaiah, but as the year moves along and Cilvia comes out…expect him to make some major noise along with the rest of the TDE camp.

You can watch Isaiah talk about Cilvia and more below in an interview with Revolt TV. Below that you can stream “RIP Kevin Miller” and let us know what you think!







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