Cordae knows exactly what he wants to say. He chooses his words and phrases carefully. He tells stories with clarity and honesty. He speaks from a place of truth. has quietly become one of the modern generation’s most trusted narrators, depicting life’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs with powerful and poetic perspective and without filter. Absorbing wisdom from a life-changing trip to Africa, enduring the loss of a friend gone too soon, and evolving as an artist and a man, he tells this story in widescreen technicolor on his 2022 second full-length offering, From A Birds Eye View [ART@WAR/Atlantic Records], and much more to come.
A remarkable life has given him a lot to say. He went from trailer parks and public housing with his mom to stratospheric success. After a series of buzzing singles, he reached critical mass with his 2019 full-length debut, The Lost Boy. He’s the rare artist whose presence can be felt on-screen in a Super Bowl commercial alongside legendary Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and among XXL’s coveted “Freshman Class.” Along the way, he linked up with Roddy Ricch and Ant Clemons for “Gifted” as well as joining forces with Eminem for “Killer” (Remix).
“My best friend in high school, who I played basketball with, passed away in the middle of the Pandemic,” he sighs. “It fucked me up. He came to visit me in L.A. Then, he went back home. Two weeks later, he got killed. I could’ve saved him. He was just with me. It impacted me a lot.”
At the same time, the intro “Jean-Michel” captures an intense moment of “self-reflection.” On “Want From Me,” he examines the “duality of man and woman and how one can’t exist without the other.”