15 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

YBN Cordae may be riding high off his inclusion in XXL magazine’s esteemed Freshman Class, but it’s not like he doesn’t know what it’s like to be down and out. “The Lost Boy represents anyone who hasn’t found their path or their calling yet,” he tells Apple Music of his debut album. “That’s kind of where I was at a point in my life, just lost.” He could be talking about his time as a struggling college student (during which he also held a job at a fast-casual restaurant), but ever since he released “Old N*ggas,” a seething open-letter response track to J. Cole’s “1985,” life for the Maryland-raised MC has meant an increasingly large crowd patiently awaiting his next verse.

With The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae’s mission is twofold: to tell the story of his own rise to purpose, complete with details of familial hurdles (“Family Matters”), the pressures facing his generation specifically (“Thousand Words”), and the power of perseverance (“Way Back Home”)—and to do so as cleverly as possible. Guests include MCs with a similar appreciation for complex wordplay (Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Pusha T), and there’s even a track (“RNP”) produced by J. Cole himself, a onetime foil turned ally. If there’s anything lost in the vision of YBN Cordae’s first album, it’s just how far the MC will go.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

YBN Cordae may be riding high off his inclusion in XXL magazine’s esteemed Freshman Class, but it’s not like he doesn’t know what it’s like to be down and out. “The Lost Boy represents anyone who hasn’t found their path or their calling yet,” he tells Apple Music of his debut album. “That’s kind of where I was at a point in my life, just lost.” He could be talking about his time as a struggling college student (during which he also held a job at a fast-casual restaurant), but ever since he released “Old N*ggas,” a seething open-letter response track to J. Cole’s “1985,” life for the Maryland-raised MC has meant an increasingly large crowd patiently awaiting his next verse.

With The Lost Boy, YBN Cordae’s mission is twofold: to tell the story of his own rise to purpose, complete with details of familial hurdles (“Family Matters”), the pressures facing his generation specifically (“Thousand Words”), and the power of perseverance (“Way Back Home”)—and to do so as cleverly as possible. Guests include MCs with a similar appreciation for complex wordplay (Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Pusha T), and there’s even a track (“RNP”) produced by J. Cole himself, a onetime foil turned ally. If there’s anything lost in the vision of YBN Cordae’s first album, it’s just how far the MC will go.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Ghostshady ,

Fantastic

YBN Cordae is one of the better younger rappers. He's proven his lyricism is fantastic, his flows are great, & his hooks are great as well. The Lost Boy is a fantastic debut album for anyone, for someone who's 22 years old, & for him to put out an album of this quality is crazy. He has a bright future in front of him, & it doesn't look like he's going anywhere any time soon. Do yourself a favor, & listen to this album if you're a fan of lyrcil rap. Prove lyrics still mater in rap scene more than just a hot melody.

SLDamiano ,

Bright future

“Rappers is jokes, I’m a musician “
Nuff said...

jingleb0mb ,

A hidden Gem of an Album

Stumbled on this album and got to say, I enjoyed from beginning to end.

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