Isaiah Rashad delivered a powerful moment at Coachella.
Making his debut at the festival’s Sahara tent on Saturday (April 16), the TDE rapper opened his set with a video montage addressing the speculation about his sexuality. The clip included soundbites from interviews with Joe Budden, Boosie, and The Game, all weighing in on a leaked video showing Rashad being intimate with other men. But while it may have been an attempt to hurt his career, it backfired and he received an outpouring of support.
“The purpose of doing that was to embarrass him. However, it backfired,” said one voice, while Game asked, “Why is you still worried about what another man is doing?”
Rashad then ran through hits like “RIP Young” and “Headshots (4r Da Locals).” He also brought out his TDE labelmate Doechii for “Wat U Sed” and “Crazy,” while SiR joined him for “Rope // rosegold.” At one point, he appeared to shed a tear while performing “Wat’s Wrong.”
Before ending his set, an emotional Rashad thanked his fans for their support. “I see all the messages and all that sh*t, all the positivity,” he said. “Y’all ni**as done kept me alive these last couple months.”