Earlier this year, a sex tape of rapper Isaiah Rashad was leaked online. During the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper’s performance at Coachella on Saturday night — which was his first public appearance since the leak back in February — he addressed it for the first time.
His set opened with a pre-recorded montage highlighting people speculating on his sexuality and talking about the leak. “The purpose of doing that was to embarrass him,” one of the clips said. “However, that backfired. When his video leaked, his dreams and everything went up.” Later on in the performance, Rashad directly acknowledged his fans: “I see all the messages and all the positivity. Y’all kept me alive these past couple months.”
A few weeks ago, TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson responded to someone on Twitter that made a joke about Rashad’s sexuality: “Wait.. so you want me to be concerned about another grown man’s sex life?? Is that what you’re really interested in? As oppose to having a dialogue about music??”
Last year, Rashad released his first new album in five years, The House Is Burning.
Throughout his set, Rashad kept the energy wavering between high and mellow, even bringing out newly signed TDE artist Doechii for a performance of their “Wat U Sed” single from 2021’s The House Is Burning.
The support for Rashad has been overflowing, not only from his TDE camp but also Hip Hop in general. Earlier this month, TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson checked an aspiring rapper for talking down on Rashad, claiming he was “top dawgin’ a cock.”
“Wait.. so you want me to be concerned about another grown man’s sex life??” he tweeted. “Is that what you’re really interested in? As oppose to having a dialogue about music??”
The rapper later deleted the tweet once he saw Punch’s response but double-backed and apologized for the disrespect, saying he’d been a big Rashad fan all along.