Cordae Dunston, better known by his stage name Cordae, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is known for his intelligent and thoughtful lyrics, which often tackle social issues. Cordae rose to fame in 2018 with his single “My Name Is,” which featured Chance the Rapper. He has since released two studio albums, The Lost Boy and From a Bird’s Eye View, both of which have been critically acclaimed.
Cordae’s Early Life and Education
Cordae was born and raised in Suitland, Maryland. He began rapping at a young age, and released his first mixtape in 2014. After graduating from high school in 2015, Cordae enrolled at Towson University to study mass communications. However, he dropped out of college in 2018 to pursue his music career full-time.
Cordae’s High School Years
Cordae was a good student in high school, but he was also passionate about music. He spent much of his time outside of school writing and recording songs. Cordae’s parents were supportive of his music career, but they also wanted him to get a college degree.
Cordae’s Decision to Drop Out of High School
Cordae’s decision to drop out of high school was a difficult one. He knew that his parents would be disappointed, and he worried about the consequences of not having a college degree. However, Cordae felt that he was not ready for college, and that he needed to focus on his music career.
In an interview with XXL magazine, Cordae explained his decision to drop out of high school:
“I was going to college, but I wasn’t really into it. I was just there because my parents wanted me to be there. But I wasn’t learning anything, and I wasn’t happy. I knew that I wanted to do music, so I decided to drop out and focus on that.”
Cordae’s Success After Dropping Out of High School
After dropping out of high school, Cordae moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career full-time. He quickly gained a following online with his mixtapes and freestyles. In 2018, Cordae signed a record deal with Interscope Records.
Cordae’s debut album, The Lost Boy, was released in 2019. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. Cordae’s second album, From a Bird’s Eye View, was released in 2021. The album was also a critical and commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard 200 chart.
Cordae has won numerous awards for his music, including a BET Award, a Grammy Award, and an NAACP Image Award. He has also been nominated for a BET Hip Hop Award and an MTV Video Music Award.