Fresh off the release of his debut album The Lost Boy, 21-year-old YBN Cordae stopped by Funkmaster Flex's show on Hot 97 to give an impressive freestyle. Almost immediately, it's apparent Flex wasn't prepared for what came next, frequently widening his eyes and smiling gleefully after particular lines. He kicks things off over JAY-Z and Kanye West's "Otis" beat, before following it with DaBaby's "Suge" beat and finally Lupe Fiasco's "Kick, Push."
While he does recycle elements from his recently released album, each beat sees Cordae adapting quickly and effortlessly switching flows. It's no surprise why Flex invited him on the show. It doesn't quite top Tyler, the Creator's recent freestyle for Flex, but it's nigh-impossible to top such perfection.
Cordae also stopped by Power 106's Nick Cannon Mornings this week to list off his top five rappers: JAY-Z, Nas, Big L, the Notorious B.I.G., and 2Pac. It's evident to see how each of these artists have influenced Cordae's output, which remains more rooted in an old-school approach compared to many of his contemporaries.
Last week Cordae released his highly anticipated debut solo album, which featured appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill, and Pusha-T have guests verses, and J. Cole turned up on the production side.