Isaiah Rashad has released “Headshots (4r da Locals),” the second taste of his highly anticipated sophomore album The House is Burning.
The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper spits sentimental bars reflecting on his journey over a laid-back trap beat. “It feel good since a n***a been back / But a n***a done changed, changed, changed, changed, changed / Weed couldn’t settle my fire / Couldn’t cover my pain, pain, pain, pain, pain,” he raps in a relaxed flow.
The House is Burning will be Zay’s first full-length album since 2016’s The Sun’s Tirade. The rapper revealed in an interview with the FADER that his struggle and subsequent recovery from alcoholism over the past five years deeply informed the album. “God’s not going to save you. I mean, he can. Because I believe in God. But God alone is not going to save you,” he said, explaining the album’s title.
“When your house is on fire, are you going to go into that bitch to get the personal possessions, or are you just going to trust in yourself and in God that you’re going to be able to bounce back?”
“Headshots (4r da Locals)” follows the LP’s first single, “Lay Wit Ya,” which featured Memphis crunk rapper Duke Deuce. Zay also recently treated fans to “200/Warning,” an outtake from the upcoming album.
Listen to “Headshot (4r da Locals)” here: