When it dropped back in January,
stayed at the top of our album chart for weeks, and it's easy to hear why. The newly signed TDE emcee has a unique and thoughtfully dope style, but as the proverbial new kid on the block (no Marky Mark), there's still a lot we don't know about Rashad.
For example, in reading over his recent interview on
, I really didn't expect to hear him list Big Boi as the single biggest influence on his music:
: "Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?"
: "The first verse I ever wrote was on DJ UNK’s “Walk It Out,” after I heard Andre’s verse — Andre 3000’s verse."
: "Nice. Let’s say you could carve your personal rap Mount Rushmore. Who’s faces would adorn Isaiah Rashad-more?"
: "My rap Mount Rushmore would be Pimp C. Then you got Kool G Rap. Then you got Pac. And Big Boi."
: "Who’s your biggest influence on that list?"
: "Big Boi."
: "Why Big Boi?"
: "Big Boi is probably the most diverse rapper I’ve ever heard besides Missy Elliott."
I shouldn't be surprised to hear anyone say that Outkast was their biggest influence - who haven't they influenced? - but still, I didn't see Big Boi coming. It goes to show, there's only so much you can learn about an artist from their music. For even more on who Rashad is as a person, be sure to check out