In less than five years, Cordae has risen from relative obscurity to becoming a fixture on the festival circuit, enjoying two headlining tours for each of his two critically-beloved albums. The first of those records, The Lost Boy, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020, opening the door to collaborations with the likes of musical legend Stevie Wonder, hip-hop icon Q-Tip, and personal heroes Eminem and Nas.
"My intentions are good. And I always have the intention to be a light in the world. But then also, I just got to speak freely. That's what I mean. Like the new music I'm working on; I'm just here to be honest and transparent. If you love it, that's great. If you don't, kick rocks."
Writer: Aaron Williams
Aaron Williams is the Hip-Hop Editor at Uproxx. He writes mostly about hip-hop music and culture, but has also covered movies, TV, comic books, and more. A longtime basketball obsessive, you can find more of his work on the Drew League homepage, where he covers the longest-running independent pro-am league in the world. Following him on Twitter may yield the most chaotic experience of your life.
Photographer: Carlos “Kaito” Araujo
Carlos “Kaito” Araujo is an African-American photographer & filmmaker from New Bedford, MA. At the age of 19 he moved to Los Angeles to work alongside Sean “Diddy” Combs as a director and photographer for his company, Combs Enterprises which led him to document some of the world’s biggest names. Now at the age of 23, Kaito has taken the photography world by storm. As a director, he has created cutting-edge commercials, and has captured iconic moments as a photographer that have been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Billboard, and more.
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