When a trio of young rappers began gaining traction under the collaborative moniker YBN, astute listeners were quick to point out comparisons with the young rappers and star-powered rap groups who came before them. In particular, YBN Nahmir's cockiness and big personality were foiled by YBN Cordae's whip-smart lyricism in a way that mirrored the roles of Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt in Odd Future. YBN were more of a collective than they were collaborators, and Cordae's singles and mixtape contributions were marked by complexly constructed rhymes delivered with a style that nodded more and more to hip-hop's golden era as he went.
It was all good just two years for YBN Nahmir - who at the time - was the frontman for the newly established YBN collective. His SouncCloud smash "Rubbin off the Paint" was an instant hit and just like A$AP Rocky back in 2011, the group revolved exclusively around one man and one man only ….
Lyrical warfare has been submerged in hip-hop's history since its inception. From 1987's 'Have A Nice Day,' fronted by Roxane Shante, to Tupac's mid-90's 'Hit 'Em Up' assassination, rappers have nearly always reverted to the mic when they've had something to say. YBN Cordae is no different. As a part of the current -- or new to older millennials -- generation, he has been extremely vocal when highlighting both his and his contemporaries attributes.