Artist Of The Month // August 2016 // Isaiah Rashad

Over two years ago, TDE’s Isaiah Rashad grabbed the attention of hip-hop heads with his proper introduction, Cilvia Demo. Rashad soldified his spot in the industry with his gritty and in-your-face delivery, enlisting in the XXL Freshmen Class of 2014 shortly thereafter.

While Cilvia Demo became one of my most played albums, Rashad remained quiet in terms of solo releases, attributing his silence to a battle with Xanax and alocohol, which nearly got him dropped from TDE on several occasions. It wasn’t until the end of 2015/start of 2016 that we saw the Chattanooga tease us with new music, “Nelly” and “Smile.”

Fast forward to August and Rashad is grappling the reins with his hotstreak of releases. This past month alone, he’s spoiled us with a chain of singles including “Free Lunch” and “Park,” his “I Mean” freestyle, and shared the stage with the likes of GoldLink, Ye Ali, and Kendrick Lamar.

His new album, The Sun’s Tirade, couples bursts of aggression with his relaxed flow. Drawing guest appearances from around TDE, as well as Syd of The Internet, Kari Faux, and SiR, Rashad travels through a wide spectrum of soundscapes with support from a stacked roster of talent. His balance between introspection and sheer flexes are backed by a swirl of boom bap and jazz production, culminating in a highlight reel of his progression and versatility on the mic.

Stream The Sun’s Tirade below and grab your copy via iTunes.


Artist Of The Month // July 2016 // Coco Mamba

[Photo by Lucas Alvarado-Farrar]

Simone Varano jumpstarted her filmmaking career back in 2013 with her Hour By Hour web series. Steady at work, the multitalented artist is expanding her horizons as a budding musician known as Coco Mamba. After capturing fans with “Humble Yourself” and a cover of Drake‘s “Still Here,” the Brooklyn-based singer has finally unveiled her Out of Pocket EP. Her five-track debut pairs her seductive vocals with production from Lil Live and Kid Ocean, as well as verses from fellow New York artists Radamiz and Sha Summers. Speaking on everything from social media flexes to her bouts with love, Out Of Pocket is nothing short of impressive and will stay in heavy rotation as we await more.

Get familiar with Coco Mamba below.

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