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Cordae explains how joy and pain inspired his new album, ‘From a Bird’s Eye View’


Cordae ‘From A Bird’s Eye View’ album cover courtesy Atlantic Records

On Friday, Cordae dropped his second solo album, From a Bird’s Eye View, which features an all-star lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, Eminem, H.E.R. and Roddy Ricch.

The project was inspired by a wide variety of Cordae’s experiences in 2020, including being arrested at a Black Lives Matter rally, exploring Africa for the first time, and grieving over the death of his childhood best friend.

“I actually have to live life and go through some s***,” the two-time Grammy nominee tells Billboard. “Sometimes I have to go through tragedy, and I just transmute that through songs. Every song [on this album] has an exact memory and experience into creating it.”

The 24-year-old “Gifted” rapper, who began his recording career seven years ago, will promote his new album with his From a Bird’s Eye View tour. Cordae will perform in 28 cities, beginning February 3 in Dallas. Other tour stops will include New Orleans, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and his hometown, Raleigh, North Carolina.

As he prepares for the tour, his thoughts are about the imprint he’s leaving on the music industry.

“I think about my legacy all the time, and how every small thing I do builds up and affects it, but also [the importance of] being present,” Cordae says. “It’s a balance, but [I’m] always just trying to think and look at the bigger picture from a broader perspective. From a bird’s eye view.”

On Tuesday, the Carolina MC will be featured in AT&T Presents: Cordae Live: From a Birds Eye View, an immersive audio-visual event and live stream from New York City.

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