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Watch Isaiah Rashad Cook Up a Fierce Freestyle with Kenny Beats on ‘The Cave’

Isaiah Rashad delivers a loose, cadence-flipping performance in his appearance on the producer’s hit Youtube series.

After nearly a year off the air, Kenny Beats welcomed Isaiah Rashad to the studio in the season three premiere of The Cave.

The session had all the trimmings of a pretty standard run with Kenny. As a good grip of weed gets burned, the producer stitches together a beat on the spot while the guest jots down a few bars for the booth. “Let’s do some indie mixed with some hip-hop mixed with a whole bunch of bass,” the rapper asks of his host. And in quick order, Kenny presents a low-end-loaded instrumental as the backdrop to a loose but fierce cadence-flipping freestyle from the TDE rapper. After Rashad cuts his verse, Kenny pulls him out to marvel at the growth of their creative kinship. “Five years ago, we were in a different studio, before I had The Cave, I was playing beats for Zay and not one beat hit. Now we can make a song in 15 minutes. It’s actually crazy,” the producer noted.

Rashad’s appearance on the show arrives in the build-up to his hotly-anticipated incoming album, The House is Burning. Set for release next month, the album is lead by two new songs Rashad. Last year, the Chattanooga rapper capped a feature-heavy 2020 with the release of his comeback single,”Why Worry.” And earlier this month, Rashad followed up with the laidback album-announcing cut, “Lay Wit Ya,” featuring Duke Duece. However, a firm date for The House is Burning had yet to be announced. The rapper’s last project, The Sun’s Tirade, was a stellar 2016 showing. It featured contributions from Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Jay Rock, SiR, and more.

Watch Isaiah Rashad and Kenny Bets cook up a heater from scratch in the season three premiere of The Cave below.Run through standout episode from last season (including sessions with Thundercat, Marc Rebillet, Alchemist, and more) on the producer’s Youtube channel.

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Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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