Label: TDE Ent

Even before Top Dawg Entertainment announced Isaiah Rashad as their newest signee this past September, it was clear the 22-year-old from Chattanooga, Tennessee was one to watch out for. Rashad dropped a number of records over the course of 2013 that got Internet rap fans bussing heavy. Someone was even nice enough to collect all his music and throw together an unofficial mixtape, which has over 33,000 downloads since it was uploaded on DatPiff in June.

That audience now patiently awaits his debut mixtape, Cilvia. He's been warming up lately with great songs like “Ronnie Drake” and “Brad Jordan.” And the tape (named after his beat-up black Honda Civic) is his chance to prove he has the capability to engage listeners with a full-length project. While Cilvia doesn’t have a firm release date, expect it sooner than the usual “TBA” tag suggests. —Edwin Ortiz