ISaiah Rashad has kept a very low profile since an alleged sex tape of him, and two other men was disclosed last February. The Top Dawg Entertainment artist received a strong show of support from fans during this period, but Rashad himself has never made a statement since then. At the start of his Coachella 2022 performance on Sunday, however, he finally addressed the sex tape — never directly saying a single word about it.
Rashad’s set began with a video montage where various personalities including Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks and The Game discussed the impact of the leak, how “messed up” it was and the fallout it could have. on his future.
“What do you think, uh, uh, that’s going to do to his career?” asked a voice in the clip. And the respondent said the only thing it would do for Rashad’s career would be to “boost it”.
“The whole point of doing this was to embarrass her,” another voice said in Rashad’s opening video. “However, it backfired on us. When his video leaked, his streams and everything went up. He’s on the charts now.
At this time, Rashad broke into some of his most popular cuts of The tirade of the sun as well as tracks from his latest album, The house is burning. Another TDE artist, SiR, also showed up to play alongside Rashad. And Doechii, his new label mate, also came on stage to perform their song, “Wat U Sed.”
The 30-year-old reportedly started crying as he delivered another song, “Wats Wrong.” Rashad was open about his struggles with addiction and self-harm in his lyrics, and he reached out to his fans as he stood in the Sahara tent at Coachella. “I’ve seen all the posts and shit,” he said as the audience cheered approvingly, “all the positivity, y’all niggas has kept me alive for the past two months. So we let’s keep this muthaf-cka rockin…,” and Rashad let out a shout as he proceeded to wrap up his set.