When it came time for Isaiah Rashad to name his first official TDE release, the Chattanooga, Tennessee rapper says the title was inspired by his car, a Nissan Silvia, “the only car” he’s “ever had.” But the title isn’t the only one that appears on the Cilvia Demo cover art, one that also features several other titles crossed out. 

“It was more the direction I wanted to go in right now,” Rashad says of the project’s title in an interview with Chuck Dizzle. “The names that got Xed out was just title names, but they ain’t titles that’s necessarily done. They were just not the right time right now. Cilvia was the one for right now. It was the right idea for right now. That’s how it worked out.” 

As he prepared to release this project, Rashad was able to meet and speak with different members of the TDE camp. Rashad says there was one question that he posed to the members of the team that he met with, including Ab-Soul, the first TDE rapper he went into the studio with.

“I asked [Ab-Soul] how did he feel when he first was comin’ up,” Rashad says. “That’s the only question I really asked anybody…I just wanted to know if what I was feelin’ was something new, whether I wasn’t supposed to be feeling this type of way. Everybody identified with me…Just the little jitters. It’s cool. They over now.” 

Cilvia Demo received a 4 out of 5 X rating on HipHopDX. To read the project’s full review, click here

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