Born in 1997 as Cordae Amari Dunston, YBN Cordae is an American rapper and songwriter. He started his rapping career at a young age using the moniker Entendre. Under this name, he released three mixtapes. But he changed his name to YBN Cordae after joining the YBN collective in 2018. How much is YBN Cordae net worth?
Under his name Entendre, he released the mixtapes Anxiety, I’m So Anxious, and I’m so Anonymous. That was in 2014, 2016, and 2017. In 2018, he joined the YBN collective. He gained popularity by releasing remixes of popular songs. For example, one of his biggest hits is My Name Is by Eminem.
As of June 2020, YBN Cordae net worth is more than $800,000.
Career Ups and Downs
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he moved to Suitland, Maryland as a young child. His father played classic hip hop music around him. Dunston listened to artists such as Nas, Big L, and Rakim as a child. That sparked his interest in music.
And at the age of 15, he started writing rap. But he didn’t take it seriously in the beginning. It was only a hobby. Cordae searched for artists on YouTube and tried to find similar music.
He focused on education first. But he wrote lyrics as he studied. And as he aged, he showed more interest in rap music. In 2014, he released his debut mixtape Anxiety under the name Entendre. The young rapper followed that with two more mixtapes, I’m so Anxious in 2016 and I’m so Anonymous in 2017.
He enrolled at Towson University but dropped out in 2018. He said college was bigger than him. So, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his rap career.
In LA he met the collective YBN group. He hung out with YBN Almighty Jay and Nahmir. After hanging out with them, he changed his name to YBN Cordae.
In May 2018, he released his debut single under his new name. He called the song “introduction to the world”. It was a remix of the My Name Is, a song by Eminem. By the summer of 2018, Cordae and Nahmir released their official YBN Mixtape with singles and videos like Pain Away and Scotty Pippen.
Cordae is the only member of the YBN collective that doesn’t play games. He doesn’t take gaming seriously. His debut live performance came at the annual Rolling Loud music festival in May 2018. He performed alongside Almighty Jay and Nahmir. The three of them performed at the 2018 XXL Freshman Show in New York as well.
Cordae then joined Juice Wrld on his North American Wrld Domination tour from May to September 2018. The tour ran through 28 cities. After that, the YBN collective went on a one-month tour in Europe.
In January 2019, he released a music video for the new song Locationships. He followed that with another single, Have Mercy in March 2019. Cordae uploaded a video for both songs on his YouTube channel.
Have Mercy is the lead single for his debut studio album, the Lost Boy. Other singles from the album include Bad Idea and RNP. He released his album on July 26, 2019. The album earned two Grammy nominations.
In November 2019, he announced that he will go on the Lost Boy in America Tour starting from January 2020.
As of June 2020, YBN Cordae net worth is more than $800,000. His main income is music. But he also endorses a few brands. His finances grow at a steady rate.
Dunston listened to artists such as Nas and Big L when he was young. Later on, he expanded his list of influence to Kanye West, Eminem, J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar.
After releasing his debut album, he named his five favorite rappers. In no order, those are Jay-Z, Nas, 2pac, Big L, and The Notorious B.I.G.
Cordae says that he can bridge the generational gap in hip hop. His reasoning is the understanding of the old school music and new and modern music.
Hip hop magazines say he is ahead of his time. His rapping is a mix of the old and new school, with the perception of music that sets him apart. He is the result of perfect timing and a need to change. Cordae can definitely bridge the gap between young and old artists. And he brings a combination of aesthetic and talent.
Awards and Achievements
YBN Cordae is a very talented artist. He is still young, but he has a couple of awards and achievements in his portfolio.
At the 62nd Grammy Award nomination, he earned two nominations. He earned a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the single Bad Idea.
With more than 1 million followers on Instagram, he is one of the most famous youngsters.
YBN Cordae is 22 years old. He is in a relationship with Haitian-Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka. The two started their relationship in 2019. She is just a month younger than him.
Dunston is an active voice in the black community. He participated in the Black Lives Matter protest in 2016. He rapped amongst the crowd about the struggles he faced.
Before leaving college, Cordae worked at a local T.G.I. Friday’s in Maryland. But he said he hated it, and always knew his destiny is something more.