‘Elevate the Bar’ is VIBE Hip-Hop Reporter Preezy Brown’s New Music Friday column. Every week he picks one Hip-Hop tune or album that deserves your consideration all weekend (however don’t fear, he’s additionally bought a roundup of honorable mentions beneath).
Releasing his debut album, The Misplaced Boy, in 2019, Cordae, who has already racked up a pair of Grammy nods for Greatest Rap Album and Greatest Rap Tune, has been hailed as probably the most promising scribes of this period, by generations previous and current. Initially rising to prominence alongside his former YBN brethren, Cordae selected to fly solo, leaving the YBN fold in 2020. To this point, he’s soared even greater now that he’s his personal man. And after practically two years of anticipation, Cordae’s flight continues on his sophomore effort, From a Birds Eye View—which passes my first hear check with flying colours.
Opening the album with “Shiloh’s Intro,” which includes a clip of an incarcerated comrade reeling off an impassioned freestyle through collect-call, Cordae subsequently paints footage on the aptly titled “Jean-Michel.” Named after the late Black American artist, the primary correct tune on the album is powered by terse piano keys and complicated rhyme spills.
On “Mama’s Hood,” which finds the rapper paying tribute to a slain good friend who was gunned down in his Montgomery Village stomping grounds, Cordae makes a candid admission: “Assured though I discover myself compressed/ Overthinking, worrying, I have to confess.” The tune is a testomony to his knack for balancing bravado with vulnerability.
Desires of tricked-out whips, dear wristwear, and the finer issues are realized on the twangy “C Carter,” one of many extra spectacular choices on From a Birds Eye View. Instantly following that monitor is the 24-year-old’s Lil Wayne collaboration, “Sinister,” which includes a pulsating soundscape offered by Hit-Boy for Cordae and his costar to volley couplets over. It’s undoubtedly a bucket-list second for the younger rhymer, and a excessive level on the challenge.
A diversified mixture of options are included on the album. Gunna pops up on the braggadocios heater “As we speak,” and Freddie Gibbs rears his head on the plush providing “Champagne Glasses,” which features a uncommon outing from R&B and soul icon Stevie Marvel. However when it comes to collaborations, the actual jewel right here is “Chronicles,” which pairs Cordae with vocalist H.E.R. and Chi-City spitter Lil Durk. A guitar-laden quantity that finds its host and H.E.R. delivering harmonious grooves whereas Durkio extends his streak of riveting visitor spots, “Chronicles” has the makings of a dark-horse hit that may certainly get constant spins on my private playlist.
Along with his respective Roddy Ricch and Eminem collabs “Gifted” and “Parables (Remix)” tacked on on the finish of the album for good measure, Cordae leaves no stone unturned on From a Birds Eye View. In my thoughts, the completed product was greater than well worth the wait.
There are a lot of qualities that decide the potential greatness of an emcee; one being the flexibility to take excerpts of their innermost ideas and embed them inside their music. When an artists’ lyrics can conjure a visible snapshot within the listener’s thoughts, it’s an expertise that creates a connection between each events. That connection is important, because it determines whether or not the general public will deem you worthy of being talked about in proximity to the very best to ever do that sh*t.
Among the many present crop of rappers with a knack for locating widespread floor of their music is Cordae, who continues that pattern with From a Birds Eye View. The album successfully raises the bar not just for this New Music Friday, however for different rap releases in its wake.
Try another notable Hip-Hop releases from this week’s New Music Friday beneath:
Jim Jones – Gangsta Grillz: We Set the Developments
Earl Sweatshirt – SICK!