In the Atlanta-dominated Southern rap scene, Tennessee's Isaiah Rashad represents a refreshing alternative, a rapper stylish, witty, and passionate who is unflinching in his portrayal of his own personal struggles with depression, money, fame, drugs, family, and the universal human burden of simply being alive.

With the release of his second project and debut album The Sun'sTirade earlier this month, 25-year-old Rashad has officially established himself as one of the country's most promising young rap stars, one who will be relevant in the hip hop world as long as he wishes. Read HNHH's recent interview with Rashad and swipe through the gallery to listen to 10 of his most essential tracks.