Manchester, TN – Isaiah Rashad has been on a rollercoaster ride over the last 12 months both in his professional and personal life, but the love and support for the TDE rapper remains as strong as ever.
During his performance at the 2022 Bonnaroo Festival in his home state of Tennessee on Friday (June 17), Zaywop was bestowed with the highest honors in his native Chattanooga: the key to the city and his very own day.
The 31-year-old MC — whose vulnerable yet vibes-friendly albums The House is Burning, The Sun’s Tirade and Cilvia Demo have won him critical acclaim and an adoring fanbase — was presented with the prestigious gifts by Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly.
“You are an inspiration to this crowd, to the world, to this city, and so I wanted to present you with a key to the city of Chattanooga,” Kelly told the rapper on the Bonnaroo stage before handing him a proclamation officially declaring June 17 “Isaiah Rashad Day.”
Rashad proudly held up the plaques above his head as the crowd applauded his accolades. “I got a fucking day, y’all!” he beamed.
“I see all the messages and all the positivity,” he said after a video montage of reactions to the tape from Joe Budden, The Game and more played on the big screen behind him. “Y’all kept me alive these last couple months.”
“I’m still learning about it myself,” he admitted. “I’m putting my head in the books to find out the basics of it but basically, I’m not in full control of when I walk into a room who I’m attracted to. I’m more attracted to a personality. I’m more attracted, sometimes, to intellect. Sometimes, it be just attracted to somebody.”