Cordae Admits Upcoming Nas Collaboration Made Him Uphold A Lyrical ‘Standard’

HipHop News Posted on November 30, 2021 at 7:08pm

Cordae Admits Upcoming Nas Collaboration Made Him Uphold A Lyrical ‘Standard’

The Grammy-nominated burgeoning MC also expressed why 'A Bird's Eye View' album will be his most personal work to date.

For rappers who love to dabble in rhyme schemes and double-entendres, having the opportunity to spit alongside Nas is a viable career achievement.

J. Cole infamously rapped how he “let Nas down” on his 2013 album Born Sinner following the ill-reception to his debut project. He later got his Illmatic idol on the song’s remix after recalibrating his focus.

Even without Nas’ assistance, Cordae was able to garner credibility for his rapping ability through his studio debut album, 2019’s The Lost Boy, which garnered a pair of nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the song “Bad Idea” at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

On Tuesday (November 30), the “Super” rapper hosted a virtual international listening session for his upcoming sophomore album, From A Birds Eye View, and naturally, the 24-year-old MC managed to nab a coveted guest spot from God’s Son.

The track, a lyrical sparring of neighboring Hip Hop generations, showcases Cordae’s growth as an artist. When asked by HipHopDX of the level of mental preparation needed for a lofty feature, Cordae revealed there was a bit of pressure to rise to the occasion.

“It really wasn’t a psych myself up situation but more so holding myself to a standard,” Cordae tells HipHopDX, calling Nas one of his “all-time favorite [rappers] while noting the “many times” he’s bigged up the Queensbridge legend.

“I try to give my best no matter who I’m on the song with. If I’m on a song you never heard of or on a song with a Nas or a Drake, I try to always give them the same amount of effort. But I’d be lying to you if I wasn’t ‘on a cloud’.

“On the outro of the album, I said ‘I just bought a Range Rover and did a song with Nas.’ That’s one of my bucket list things so I was very happy with that. But it was super dope; super tight.”

Slated for an early 2022 release, Cordae went on to express how the From A Bird’s Eye View album’s


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