Born to a 16-year-old mother in Raleigh, NC, YBN Cordae wrote his first rhyme at just four-years-old. Settling in Maryland after spending his formative years in North Carolina at his grandma's trailer, he rapped on-command at school. At the age of 15, he began collecting, trading, and buying sneakers, saving up enough money to purchase a home studio. During 2017, he linked up with YBN in between attending Towson University and waiting tables. A year later, he dropped out of college as his remix of Eminem's "My Name Is" and "Old ******" exploded virally. In the aftermath, Cordae's debut single "Kung Fu" popped off with 77 million Spotify streams in less than 12 months. Pegged "one of music's most promising rising stars" by The Wall Street Journal and touted on Complex's "The Best New Artists of 2018," he landed on "Artist to Watch" lists from Amazon Music, New York Times, Billboard, iHeart Radio, and VEVO DSCVR.
Everything set the stage for a major mainstream breakthrough in 2019 that saw his debut album, The Lost Boy, open at #13 on Billboard's Top 200 and #8 on the Rap/R&B albums. He also performed at the 2019 BET Awards alongside H.E.R, made his late-night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and XXL Magazine honored him as a member of the 2019 Freshman Class. The year culminated in two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song