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The Come Up: Isaiah Rashad


On The Early Days Of His Music:

Isaiah Rashad: I’ve been rapping more and more since the 10th grade. We used to rap on desktop Macs. In my school, we used to rap on them during lunch. 6th period and stuff, I didn’t have to be in class, I was in band. So, I would go in there and we would record on the computer. There was no mic or anything. It wasn’t just like the mic in the studio. It’s one you use for photos or record videos; it’s the same mic. So we just throw an instrumental on there and rap on it. After that, I started rapping for a minute.

After I went to college and my homie who got me recording in school and everything, he introduced me to a guy with a studio. He was charging $20 a song. He turned out to be my cousin. We chilled for a while, and I found out he was my cousin. That’s some small town shit. I found out he was my cousin and he let me record for free. We ended up kicking it. I recorded then until he started working somewhere else. He started working at Volkswagen, so I bounced around a couple of studios. I stopped going to school and I lived wherever I could record at. I lived where I could record at for free cause I ain’t have no money and I have no work. I worked when I had to—don’t get me wrong. I had 15 jobs all together when I started working when I was 16. I had two and half jobs at a time.

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