By Gage Sutton
YBN Cordae is a talented rapper from North Carolina and is well known for being a part of the YBN crew (which Includes Nahmir and Almighty Jay). Cordae released his first studio album The Lost Boy in July 2019.
Cordae received praise for his debut project from critics and was already widely respected by hip-hop fans for his response to J.Cole’s song 1985 on the track “Old N****s”. The Lost Boy was a Grammy nominated project and at only 22-years-old, Cordae is already considered one of the best up and coming lyricists of the new generation.
Cordae is a breath of fresh air for the new era of rap due to the many unique traits that he brings to his music. There are many levels to his uniqueness including his lisp and nasal delivery which is unlike anything in the rap game. What really separates him from his peers, however, is how he seamlessly brings energy that the new generation of hip-hop fans love with the lyricism that old heads appreciate.
With all that being said, I am a huge fan of Cordae and The Lost Boy album. I also LOVE going to concerts and have seen many artists throughout the years, but I hadn’t seen Cordae yet. So, when Cordae announced his tour earlier this year, I tried to buy tickets but by the time I was able to gather the funds to buy the ticket, the show at Come and Take It Live in Austin was sold out.
I had accepted I wouldn’t be able to go after weeks of searching for resale tickets with no luck. But the morning of the concert, my friend told me she couldn’t go to the concert and ended up giving me her ticket (shout out to the homie Chloe). I responded with a few somersaults of excitement then took off to the venue in Austin later that evening.
I arrived when the doors opened and patiently waited for the concert to start. There were two acts opening named Lonr. and 24kGoldn. They both brought great energy and were great openers to prepare the crowd for YBN Cordae.
After 24kGoldn’s set, the set up began for Cordae to perform. Before I knew it, the lights dropped and the opening notes for The Lost Boy’s opening track “Wintertime” began to play.
Right off the bat, I noticed that Cordae came out with no backtrack vocals and rapped every word to the song clearly with no mistakes. This is different from a lot of other rappers I’ve seen live who mostly let the backing vocals do all the work as they lazily rap every other bar.
Another thing that also caught me by surprise was how confidently he sang the chorus. He even did an acapella of the chorus after the song was over that sounded amazing.
After just the first song, I knew that I was in for a great concert.
Cordae performed for about an hour with the majority of the songs from The Lost Boy. He also included a tribute to his friend Juice Wrld with a performance of “Lucid Dreams”. Cordae displayed his versatility in singing and rapping all while jumping and moving all around the stage.
What was the most impressive thing for me was how he brought the same kind of energy and vocal talents the entire time. He never let up and allowed the instrumental to take over or get lazy and miss lyrics.
I also want to mention just how much he interacted with the crowd. Cordae is very charismatic and has such a colorful personality that kept the concert lit all night. He was also telling everyone in the crowd to greet the people next to us and treat each other like a big family which really reminded me of the same message of positivity Logic gives at his shows.
It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to which says something because I’ve been to over twenty-five concerts and seen over a hundred different artists.
I am confident that Cordae will only get bigger and better until he can sell out arenas and win multiple Grammys. I’m glad to say I’m a fan and that I’ve finally seen him in concert.
If you like hip-hop and don’t know who YBN Cordae is, I highly suggest doing yourselves a favor and listen to The Lost Boy.
Featured image by Gage Sutton.