Cordae 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 WorldStarHipHop’s YouTube channel, which led to an immense and immediate positive response from both mainstream media and the online rap community His debut studio album, The Lost Boy was released on July 26, 2019 to widespread acclaim and received two nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the single “Bad Idea” at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Cordae was a member of the YBN collective from 2018 until he left the group in 2020, dropping the “YBN” part from his stage name.
Cordae lists Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Eminem, Capital Steez, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Big L, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar as some of his biggest influences. 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 He has said 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.
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