Cordae Dunston, known professionally as YBN Cordae, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Suitland, Maryland, Dunston began rapping at a young age under the stage name Entendre. He released three mixtapes under this name; "Anxiety" (2014), "I'm So Anxious" (2016), and "I'm So Anonymous" (2017) before becoming a member of the YBN collective in 2018.
Dunston subsequently gained popularity by releasing remixes of popular songs, such as "My Name Is" by Eminem,
and "Old N*ggas" which was a response to the song "1985" by J. Cole.
Videos to both remixes were uploaded to the WorldStarHipHop's YouTube channel, which led to an immense and immediate positive response from both mainstream media and the online rap community.
Revolt TV explained, "There's always going to be artists who go against the grain and manage to generate conversation without being mundane or routine. YBN Cordae is the result of perfect timing, a need for change, and managing to bridge the gap between aesthetic and talent. He's the Gohan of the YBN collective, appearing docile and juvenile but displaying a “mastery” over words that seems at odds with old-school "hip-hoppers" belief about his age group. It is yet to be seen if his talent warrants the praise he’s receiving."