Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Active Since: 2012
Label: Tog Dawg Entertainment
Twitter Handle: @isaiahrashad
Essential Listening: Welcome To The Game
Pros: Possible TDE affiliation.
Cons: No hits and minimal buzz to his name.
While it hasn't been officially confirmed, there has been speculation that Chattanooga, Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad is the newest member of Top Dawg Entertainment. If it's true, he's joining one of the strongest teams in hip-hop right now and will be rapping alongside Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul. One listen to any of the 15 songs he has up on Soundcloud and it makes sense. Without coming close to anything that would be labeled "conscious" rap, Rashad spits thoughtfully, intelligently, and with precision, morphing his delivery to fit different production styles and making each line count. He's already got a handful of solid songs to his name, but some Black Hippy support would undoubtedly bring him a new level of fame. He's been quiet for the past months, so it's a pretty safe bet that he's planning something. —Jacob Moore