For the past two years, Isaiah Rashad has been working on more than music. This month, the TDE spitter’s follow-up to 2014’s Cilvia Demo arrived in the form of The Sun’s Tirade. In addition to memorable cuts like “Free Lunch,” “4r Da Squaw,” and the Kendrick Lamar-assisted stand-out “Wat's Wrong,” the album came with a harrowing story, too.

Depression and substance abuse marred the last two years of Rashad’s life. It was at time when, as he puts it, he was learning about life. Over the course of his 25 years, Rashad has certainly learned a lot about resilience, which serves as the main theme of The Sun’s Tirade. We caught up with the Chattanooga rhymer to talk about his growing pains, fatherhood, and being part of the TDE empire.