Written By | Jeremiah Rafferty
After a five year long hiatus from music, to say Isaiah Rashad’s return has been long awaited is an understatement. Following the release of his debut album The Sun’s Tirade in 2016, the Chattanooga based artist virtually disappeared from the scene, leaving fans desperate for a release. Rashad would finally bless his fans on July 30, 2021 with his sophomore release The House Is Burning, which featured artists such as 6lack, Smino, and fellow TDE artists SZA & Jay Rock. Following the release of his second studio album, Rashad announced his nationwide tour Lil’ Sunny’s Awesome Vacation on September 2, 2021, with special guests Ray Vaughn (recent TDE signee) and Childish Major (producer, artist, and frequent collaborator). I had the opportunity to see the three artists perform as well as several surprise guests at Atlanta’s very own Tabernacle.
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The show kicked off with an incredible performance by Ray Vaughn. The Dallas based rapper, who recently became a part of the TDE collective, did not disappoint on his first tour. With an uncanny amount of charisma, lyrical ability, and energy, Vaughn captivated the audience with songs such as Tap and Top Shottas from his recent EP Peer Pressure. With a strong performance, great stage presence, and a showcase of bangers, Ray Vaughn let the audience know he’d be around for a while.
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Following Ray Vaughn was Atlanta based artist and producer Childish Major. Major was primarily known for his production work on the popular Rocko song U.O.E.N.O, as well as collaborating with Dreamville & TDE artists alike. However, he found his own lane with his debut mixtape Woo$ah which featured a collaboration with both SZA and Isaiah Rashad. Major performed several songs from this mixtape as well as his 2021 release, Thank God For It All.
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The final performance from Isaiah Rashad was nothing short of incredible as he brought an incredible amount of energy to his performance. The crowd came alive as they mouthed every word to songs that spanned a seven year discography. To top it off, fans received surprise appearances from artists such as Duke Deuce (who was featured on the debut single Lay Wit Ya), Atlanta based artist Deante Hitchcock, and fellow Chattanooga artist YGTUT.
Photo Credit | Jeremiah Rafferty