Miller Lite

Cordae

Cordae

Performances

July 8 - 10:15 PM @ Miller Lite Oasis Stage

Cordae

Cordae knows exactly what he wants to say. He chooses his words and phrases carefully. He tells stories with clarity and honesty. He speaks from a place of truth. That’s why the two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated gold-selling Maryland-raised rapper has quietly become one of the modern generation’s most trusted narrators, depicting life’s trials, tribulations, and triumphs with powerful and poetic perspective and without filter. Absorbing wisdom from a life-changing trip to Africa, enduring the loss of a friend gone too soon, and evolving as an artist and a man, he tells this story in widescreen technicolor on his 2022 second full-length offering, From A Birds Eye View [ART@WAR/Atlantic Records], and much more to come.

Ultimately, there’s intent behind everything he says.

“Words are the foundation of human communication,” he muses. “What are we without words? To me, rap music is literature in song form. I took that approach with every track. I didn’t waste any space. I realized I could always use a better word for a situation. The album is from the heart, and the songs are real-life events and stories.”

A remarkable life has given him a lot to say. He went from trailer parks and public housing with his mom to stratospheric success. After a series of buzzing singles, he reached critical mass with his 2019 full-length debut, The Lost Boy. It bowed in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 and included four gold-certified singles—“RNP” [feat. Anderson .Paak], “Have Mercy,” “Broke As Fuck,” and “Kung Fu.” Beyond unanimous praise from BillboardComplexHigh SnobietyNew York TimesPitchfork, **and Stereogum, he garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations in the categories of “Best Rap Album” for The Lost Boy and “Best Rap Song” for “Bad Idea” [feat. Chance the Rapper]. He’s the rare artist whose presence can be felt on-screen in a Super Bowl commercial alongside legendary Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and among XXL’s coveted “Freshman Class.” Along the way, he linked up with Roddy Ricch and Ant Clemons for “Gifted” as well as joining forces with Eminem for “Killer” (Remix).

Expanding his influence, PUMA named him the face of its “Unity Campaign,” while he also fronted a Bape x Coach collaboration. In addition to allying with Disney and ESPN to fund scholarships for HBCU students, he has taken to the streets in support of Black Lives Matter and contributed “Taxes” to NETFLIX’s We The People—the vision of Executive Producers Barack and Michelle Obama and Kenya Barris.

He initially teased the album with the single “Super.” Over a sped-up sample, he delivers an indomitable and incendiary flow laced with confidence as he assures, “I ain’t worried ‘bout it, I know God is with me.” Across the board, From A Birds Eye View cuts deep. Written in tears, “Mama’s Hood” deals with the survivor’s guilt of losing one of his best friends with no holds barred.

“My best friend in high school, who I played basketball with, passed away in the middle of the Pandemic,” he sighs. “It fucked me up. He came to visit me in L.A. Then, he went back home. Two weeks later, he got killed. I could’ve saved him. He was just with me. It impacted me a lot.”

At the same time, the intro “Jean-Michel” captures an intense moment of “self-reflection.  On “Want From Me,” he examines the “duality of man and woman and how one can’t exist without the other.

Each time Cordae picks up a microphone, every word matters.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat said, ‘Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time’,” he leaves off. “That’s what artists do. Right now, there’s a Black Renaissance going on in literature, art, entertainment, and film. I hope to add to that as a young man in this world trying to make a name for himself and leave a legacy with my words.”

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