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Cordae Amari Dunston known mononymously as Cordae, is an American rapper and singer. He 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.

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YBN is family. Everybody in YBN is family. Nahmir and Jay, those are really my brothers.
I'm just trying to get better as an artist and as a human being. I feel like that's mad important.
Fashion is definitely important. It's like peanut butter and jelly with hiphop music, you know what I'm saying? So, it's a part of you, a part of yourself as a person. — © Cordae
Fashion is definitely important. It's like peanut butter and jelly with hiphop music, you know what I'm saying? So, it's a part of you, a part of yourself as a person.
Everything I involve myself with is an extension of me, so I take everything super seriously, from the music to the shows. That's the only way to do it.
Experimenting is part of the process. I remember when I was younger, I spent a whole year just writing on straight trap beats because I just wanted to be able to do that at a high level. So it's about perfecting your craft in every way.
I'm an introvert, but I disguise my introversion by being an extrovert. If I don't have to be around people, I'm not. If I'm around people, I'm gonna do my thing. But I'm not really with the fake kickin' it - everything's organic, everything's natural.
If you think about it, hip-hop came out of nothing. It was a response to oppression.
I'm politically incorrect. I don't get into politics like that. I speak about what I know and what effects me personally, and effects my folks.
Nas, Big L, Rakim, Jay-Z, Eminem, those was all my influences, but I didn't start recording until I was 16.
I liked Big L's wordplay with the multi-syllable rhymes he hit so clean.
We're just unapologetically ourselves in the DMV.
I want to impact the world and the culture in a positive way, spread super dope messages and help people through my music.
When I used to work at Friday's, in a restaurant, that endless appetizer, that was my worst enemy as a server. Oh my god. — © Cordae
When I used to work at Friday's, in a restaurant, that endless appetizer, that was my worst enemy as a server. Oh my god.
If you're getting $80 a show, then you're not getting paid.
Jay-Z was huge. I was like 2 years old throwing up my diamond, rapping. I know all of 'The Blueprint.' I've heard that album 1,000 times. And 'Reasonable Doubt.'
I don't know, I really try not to pay attention to comparisons, 'cause I'm my own artist. I try to build my own sound.
I keep a composition book with me at all times to write rhymes, to write down ideas, write down my thoughts, you know just so I don't forget any ideas.
Nas' storytelling was just fire.
I'm perfecting my craft as an artist and as a performer, and my shows are getting better each time.
Just stay true to myself. That's not even my goal. That's what you always have to do, 'cause at the end of the day when the cameras are off and you put your phone down, you got to live with yourself, be comfortable and sleep at night with the decisions you've made so I'm just always myself unapologetically.
I got a cool car but I live fairly regular.
In YBN, we all have our own lanes. We're not necessarily a group. We're more of a collective - it's like a movement. It's like a brotherhood outside of music and everything has been organic.
When you're not authentic to yourself, you're lying. You're going to get found out and you're going to slip up.
Sometimes as friends, you grow apart and you have different visions for what you wanna do and that's OK, there's no love lost.
I don't try to portray some lifestyle that I'm not living.
Having a dope mindset and good energy is rare, and you just putting a little bit of your light into someone else can change their whole perspective on life just doing that.
I don't even really try to do something different. I just do what's authentic to me.
For a lot of artists in the entertainment industry, we can't become too jaded with what's going on with our personal lives and still not be connected with our people.
Nobody wants to be nameless. Nobody wanna be forgotten.
I like to rehearse a lot. Before I hit the stage, I listen to the songs that I would perform and make sure I execute everything.
I can rippity rap, lyrical miracle all day, but if you don't have a message behind it and you not saying nothing, it doesn't make sense.
I set my own goals higher than what anybody else has set for me.
I always keep a hoodie on me at all times 'cause you never know when it's gonna rain, you never know when it's gonna get a little cold at night. So, you always got to keep a hoodie. And I always keep like a earth tone hoodie 'cause it always goes with your outfit no matter what you have on.
I don't wear jewelry. It's not really my thing.
I bought an audio technician mic and Pro Tools SE, the demo version and was recording in the basement.
I only know English, so I feel like I can be the dopest French rapper ever if I learned French.
Nahmir is just an idiot. He just glorifies street life. He idolizes it.
Washington D.C. and the entire DMV area are very dope places because they're such musically-inclined areas. — © Cordae
Washington D.C. and the entire DMV area are very dope places because they're such musically-inclined areas.
I always wanted to be a Freshman because XXL is really important in the history of hip-hop. It embodies the culture.
If you're thinking about your brand over your people, you've lost yourself.
My mom is the best. She's the dopest. She just loves everything that's going on. She's very supportive.
At a festival, the people there are not all your fans, and this gives me a chance to win over new people. I look at it as a challenge.
I'm really grateful for my mom. And my mom always raised me being a single mother. Being a single mother, a lot of stress comes with that. You gotta work, you gotta come home and do everything.
I'm very protective of my energy. You have to protect your energy around outside sources because your positive energy can be canceled out by someone's dark energy.
If you can do something that's authentic to yourself, how you feel as a person, then it's gonna be different than everybody else because everybody's different.
Just trust your intuition and beware of outsiders.
I always say I am myself unapologetically.
I want the biggest artist of 2030, 2027 or even 2025 to say, 'I was inspired by Cordae. Cordae is the reason I make music.' — © Cordae
I want the biggest artist of 2030, 2027 or even 2025 to say, 'I was inspired by Cordae. Cordae is the reason I make music.'
I was on the debate team.
Hell yea bro I love Puma.
Nas was a huge influence. That's probably my favorite rapper of all time.
The artists with lyrical content and who say something seem to outlast the fad rappers - I always noticed that.
XXL is the embodiment of hip-hop... Eminem even shouted it out in a song.
I went to seven different elementary schools.
I study all the greats.
Competition is the best form of motivation.
My creativeness stems from my love of music. Music is pure emotion. Music is the infinity sign. Music is self-expression in its purest form - it's how I express my anger, my self-doubt, my love. I think my music is very vulnerable and very expressive, very transparent.
People compare me to Kendrick. I've seen comparisons with Jay-Z, with Nas, with Chance The Rapper. I get a lot of Eminem comparisons.
We all take life for granted, one way or another.
I put XXL Freshman on my vision board.
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