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Isaiah Rashad Thanks Fans During Coachella After Acknowledging Apparent Outing

The TDE rapper made a powerful impact while addressing media speculation about his sexuality.

This past weekend’s Coachella 2022 set was full of surprises, but none more powerful than Isaiah Rashad’s pre-recorded acknowledgment about speculations regarding his sexuality.

The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper, standing amidst a collage of media footage and comments about a leaked video of Rashad from earlier this year, The House Is Burning author let the audience soak in all of the images. This attempt to out him backfired, and in fact corralled support for him, from not only what the film suggests, but from the Coachella crowd themselves.

The film would later display several messages of support from fans. “I’m glad that he can finally be himself,” said one.

The video featured voiceovers from The Game, Joe Budden, Akademiks and others who talked about the alleged sex tape. “The purpose of doing that was to embarrass him. However, it backfired,” said one voice in the clip. Another voice said, “When his video leaked, his streams and everything went up. He’s up on the charts now.”

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Once the video concluded, the “People’s Champ” kicked off his set with “RIP Young,” a standout track from his 2021 album, The House Is Burning and then segued into “Wat’s Wrong,” from his 2016 project, The Sun’s Tirade.

The 30-year-old rapper then paused for a second and glanced at the excited and raucous crowd. With a tinge of happiness and clarity, he thanks his fans for their support, saying, “I’ve seen y’all messages and all that s**t, all the positivity. Y’all n****s kept me alive these last couple [of] months.”

Afterward, he introduced a number of surprise guests to join him onstage to conclude his set. Doechii performed “Wat U Sed” and her latest buzz-worthy single, “Crazy,” while SiR joined Rashad for a rendition of “Rope // Rosegold,” which is also from The Sun’s Tirade album.

Watch the footage below.

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