Cordae explains why he left YBN collective

The Grammy-nominated rapper announced his departure—and changed his artist name—last month.

Cordae has finally revealed why he left the YBN crew last month, and removed the acronym from his artist name.

In a new interview with Elliott Wilson for TIDAL’s Check-In series, Cordae explained what led to the end of his involvement in the YBN collective, nothing that, despite the split, there’s no hard feelings among the former crew.

“Nahmir and [Almighty] Jay, those always gonna be my brothers, in real life,” the rapper said. “Like, I think the world of them cats. Sometimes as friends, you grow apart and you have different visions for what you wanna do and that’s ok, there’s no love lost. Like I said, I think the world of them n***s. I love my n***a Jay to death and yeah, that’s just that, really.”


YBN Crew announced their split in early August, although the details behind the break-up remain unclear. YBN Nahmir had taken to Twitter to express his frustration, calling himself the only member left in the group and stoking rumors that the trio fell out. “They left this YBN shit in the gutter,” he wrote. “Remember that. I’ll turn it up myself.”

The collective released its first and only compilation project, YBN: The Mixtape, in 2018. The next year, Cordae would release his Grammy-nominated solo debut, The Lost Boy. On the other hand, Nahmir and Jay released a handful of singles, such as Nahmir’s “2 Seater” with G-Eazy and Offset, and Jay’s collaboration with Blac Youngsta called “Ooouuu.”

Watch a clip from Cordae’s interview with Elliott Wilson below.


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