YBN Cordae and Chance The Rapper link up for “Bad Idea”

It is officially YBN Cordae season, and the Maryland native has released the single “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance The Rapper,  to build hype for his debut album, The Lost Boy.

The instrumental off this song brings in a laid back vibe that will surely fit into a summer playlist. it seems very reminiscent of a Joey Bada$$ type-track off of ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$.

Both Cordae and Chance basically talk about the ups and downs that naturally come with life while riding out the beat and letting it carry them through. The chorus is an interpolation of the 1971 track “Home Is Where The Hatred Is” by Gil Scott-Heron, which was sampled by Kanye West in 2005 on the track “My Way Home.”

And it might not be such a bad idea if I never went home again
See, it might not be such a bad idea if I never went home again
So don’t you cry, little baby, little baby
(Don’t you cry, don’t you cry, don’t you cry)
It’ll be alright
So don’t you cry, little baby, little baby
(Don’t you cry, don’t you cry, don’t you cry)
It’s gon’, it’ll be alright

— YBN Cordae

Chance The Rapper comes in just speaking with the beat, which is reminiscent of his flow throughout the 2013 mixtape Acid Rap, which many people fell in love with. Cordae and Chance met at Coachella, but were able to reconnect to get this track done; “I actually flew to Chicago to get this joint done,” Cordae told Zane Lowe on Beats1 Radio.

During the World Record interview, Cordae said this type of music is exactly what he has been working on for the last eight months when putting together his debut album.

“I really love this song, it’s one of my favorite songs,” said Cordae about letting this single out. “The opening line to the song is ‘I know myself far too well to be a stranger of pain.’ I freestyled that line, like, that’s immediately what I thought of when I heard that beat. Meaning like I know what I’ve been through, everything that I’ve witnessed, everything that I’ve been to, to act like I don’t know myself. That’s essentially what the song is about. It has good home vibes, good summer vibes, a good nostalgic feeling to it, but not in a forceful way.”

This single once again proves that YBN Cordae is one of the most dominant up and coming artists in not only rap but the entire music industry. His ability to pay homage through samples while also being deep in thought and lyrical is a welcomed change from the simple club rap and mumble rap that many people put out today.

Cordae went on to mention that his debut project, The Lost Boy, will also include features from Anderson .Paak, Meek Mill and fellow DMV legend Pusha T. “My project isn’t feature-stacked heavy,” clarified Cordae. “And I try to get features that [explitive] can’t get. … and every feature came about naturally. We’re all in the studio together. Everybody I made a record with, we was in the studio at the same time, so the vibes got to come together super naturally.”

There is no doubt that this single with Chance The Rapper is indeed a hit, and follows the likes of tracks from Cordae such as “Have Mercy,” “Locationships” and “Kung Fu” that can stand alone and become hits all by themselves. Look out for his debut project, The Lost Boy, which will be released “by the end of July.”

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

 

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