YBN Cordae

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YBN Cordae
YBN Cordae in 2019
YBN Cordae in 2019
Background information
Birth nameCordae Amari Dunston[1]
Also known asEntendre
Born (1997-08-26) August 26, 1997 (age 22)[2]
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Websitey-b-n.com

Cordae Amari Dunston (born August 26, 1997), known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage name Entendre. He released three mixtapes under this name: Anxiety (2014), I'm So Anxious (2016), and I'm So Anonymous (2017) before becoming a member of the YBN collective in 2018. Dunston subsequently gained popularity by releasing remixes of popular songs, such as "My Name Is" by Eminem, and "Old Niggas" which was a response to the song "1985" by J. Cole. Videos to both remixes were uploaded to the WorldStarHipHop's YouTube channel, which led to an immense and immediate positive response from both mainstream media and the online rap community.[3] His debut studio album, The Lost Boy was released on July 26, 2019[4] and received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Dunston was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but relocated to Suitland, Maryland.[3][6] As a young child, he'd taken an interest in music as his father would always play classic hip hop around him, from artists such as Rakim, Nas, Big L, and Talib Kweli.[7] He began writing raps around the age of fifteen, but did not take it seriously, as it was only a hobby for him. Following the influence he gained from the music his father listened to, he would do research on certain artists through YouTube, attempting to find similar music and "getting lost" in the recommended videos section.[8] Dunston began gaining more interest in pursuing a rap career as he aged, but focused on his education first, although writing lyrics often distracted him from his studies. He released three mixtapes as a teenager under the name "Entendre" – Anxiety (2014), I’m So Anxious (2016), and I’m So Anonymous (2017).[9][10][11] He graduated from high school in 2015 and decided to go to college at Towson University, later dropping out in 2018, explaining that college was "bigger than him" as a first-generation student, and he was mainly doing it for his mother. He moved to Los Angeles shortly afterwards.[12]

Dunston began taking his rap career seriously in the beginning of 2018. Although he hadn't been releasing any music with them, he'd often hang around YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay when visiting Los Angeles, whom he'd initially met through social media. Nahmir had taken interest in a song that Dunston had made with fellow rapper and brother Simba, and reached out to him.[13][14] Dunston is the only member of YBN that hadn't been introduced to everyone as a gamer, as he doesn't take gaming too seriously. He had already felt like he was a part of YBN, the only thing that hadn't solidified his presence being his social media handles, which he soon changed from Entendre to YBN Cordae. He also stated that Entendre had been a name that he'd wanted to change for while, stating, "I was just always around Nahmir and shit, those were just like my brothers... And, I was thinking, yo, I need to change my shit to like, Cordae, and shit, my actual first name. I was already "YBN" without the social tag, you know what I'm saying?"[8] He released his first single, which he called his "introduction to the world", in May 2018. It was a remix of the 1999 song "My Name Is" by Eminem, which he released along with a music video via WorldStarHipHop on YouTube. Subsequently, he released "Old Niggas", as a response to "1985" by J. Cole, before releasing the tracks Fighting Temptations and Kung Fu, respectively.[15][16][17]

His debut live performance was at the annual Rolling Loud music festival in May 2018, in which he performed with both YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay. He performed with the duo again for the 2018 XXL Freshman Show in New York, after Nahmir was announced to be an inductee of the yearly freshman class.[18] Dunston was then announced to be joining Juice Wrld on his North American WRLD Domination tour from May to September 2018, along with Lil Mosey and Blake, ended up reaching 28 cities.[19] Soon after, it was announced that YBN would be going on a month-long tour in Europe as a collective.[20] Dunston then said he would release multiple singles up until his debut project is complete.[21] On August 2, 2018, both Nahmir and Cordae released a video for their single, "Pain Away".[22] On August 12, YBN Nahmir announced that an official YBN Mixtape, featuring the trio, would be released September 7, 2018.[23] He released the music video for his single, "Scotty Pippen", on August 23, 2018.[24]

On January 28, 2019, Cordae released a music video for a new song titled, "Locationships" on his YouTube channel before releasing another song titled, "Have Mercy" in March 2019, with the latter song becoming the lead single from his debut studio album, The Lost Boy.[25] He was later named as one of the members of XXL's "2019 Freshman Class" on June 20, 2019.[26] Cordae later released "Bad Idea" and "RNP" as the second and third singles from the album respectively.[27][28] The Lost Boy was released on July 26, 2019.[4] The album landed YBN Cordae two nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards; Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the single "Bad Idea".[5] In November 2019, YBN Cordae announced that he would be headlining "The Lost Boy in America Tour", which began in January 2020.[29]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Dunston lists Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Eminem, Capital Steez, J. Cole, Big L, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar as some of his biggest influences.[30] Shortly after the release of The Lost Boy, he revealed his top five favorite rappers (in no particular order) as Jay-Z, Nas, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., and Big L.[31] He has stated many times that, because of his musical background and understanding of both old school hip-hop and what hip-hop is evolving into, he can be the key in bridging the generational gap in hip-hop.[32][33][34]

Respect Magazine reiterated that Dunston was ahead of his time, as far as rapping goes, stating: "He is a mix of the old and new school, and the deliverance and perception of his music sets himself apart from the new generation of rappers these days. We get a clear glimpse of this in his music videos for “Old N*ggas,” 'My Name Is,' and 'Kung Fu,' which all have over 5 million views on YouTube. He is building a solid buzz for himself day by day, and letting the world know his bars and rhymes are ahead of his time. He has yet to drop a project proving such."[35]

Revolt TV explained, "There's always going to be artists who go against the grain and manage to generate conversation without being mundane or routine. YBN Cordae is the result of perfect timing, a need for change, and managing to bridge the gap between aesthetic and talent. He's the Gohan of the YBN collective, appearing docile and juvenile but displaying a “mastery” over words that seems at odds with old-school "hip-hoppers" belief about his age group. It is yet to be seen if his talent warrants the praise he’s receiving."[36]

Personal life[edit]

Dunston participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in 2016, rapping amongst the crowd about the struggles he faced, and the issues he'd been noticing in his community.[37] Before leaving college, he worked at a local T.G.I. Friday's in Maryland, explaining to Adam22 of No Jumper, that he "hated" it, and that he always knew he was destined for more.[38] He is currently dating Haitian-Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka.[39] In July 2020, Dunston was arrested at a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville, Kentucky, along with American professional football player Kenny Stills.[40]

Discography[edit]

Studio album[edit]

Studio album, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[41]
US R&B/HH
[42]
US
Rap

[43]
AUS
[44]
CAN
[45]
UK
[46]
The Lost Boy 13 8 6 27 12 85

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions and details
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[41]
US R&B/HH
[42]
US
Rap

[43]
CAN
[45]
Anxiety
(as Entendre)
I'm So Anxious
(as Entendre)
  • Released: August 7, 2016[48]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
I'm So Anonymous
(as Entendre)
  • Released: August 15, 2017[49]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
YBN: The Mixtape
(with YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Nahmir)
  • Released: September 7, 2018[50]
  • Label: Atlantic, Art@War
  • Formats: Digital download
21 13 12 19
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Certifications
US
Bub.

[52]
US
R&B/HH Bub.

[53]
CAN
[54]
IRE
[55]
NZ
Hot

[56]
"My Name Is"[57] 2018 Non-album singles
"Old Niggas"[58]
"Fighting Temptations"[59]
"Kung Fu"[60] YBN: The Mixtape
"Alaska (Scotty Pippen)"[61]
"What's Life"[62] Non-album singles
"Locationships"[63] 2019
"Have Mercy"[25] The Lost Boy
"Bad Idea"
(featuring Chance the Rapper)[27]
"RNP"
(featuring Anderson Paak)[28]
15 3 84 92 4
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Blackjack (Remix)"[64]
(Aminé featuring YBN Cordae)
2019 Non-album single
"Racks"[65]
(H.E.R. featuring YBN Cordae)
I Used to Know Her
"In These Streets"[66]
(Godfather of Harlem featuring John Legend, YBN Cordae and Nick Grant)
Non-album single

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B/HH Bub.

[53]
NZ
Hot

[56]
"Broke as Fuck" 2019 22 The Lost Boy
"Mama/Show Love"
(Logic featuring YBN Cordae)
6 18 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Starving Artist"[67] 2018 [602] Prophet Abstract Nostalgia
"Make Me Feel"[50] YBN Almighty Jay YBN: The Mixtape
"Pain Away"[50] YBN Nahmir
"Tout ce que je sais"[68] Orelsan La fête est finie – Épilogue
"Multiply"[69] Problem, Mozzy S2
"Elevate"[70] DJ Khalil, Denzel Curry, SwaVay, Trevor Rich Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Soundtrack)
"Mama / Show Love"[71] 2019 Logic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
"Nothin' Less"[72] Curren$y, Statik Selektah Gran Turismo
"Let Me Down"[73] NBDY Admissions
"Lord Is Coming"[74] H.E.R. I Used to Know Her
"Gone"[75] Robert Glasper, Bilal, Herbie Hancock Fuck Yo Feelings
"Sunshine"[75] Robert Glasper
"Al1enZ"[76] Denzel Curry iFruit Radio (Soundtrack)

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