Representative Maxine Waters recently celebrated hip-hop culture at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th annual Legislative Conference.
Rep. Waters welcomed the young rapper YBN Cordae to join Common and others on the Young, Gifted and Black panel.
The purpose of the panel was to raise voter awareness, specifically amongst the youth, and Cordae was selected by Rep. Waters as a community leader to speak about the importance of voting in upcoming elections.
Following opening remarks where YBN Cordae spoke about discovering his talents, he put those talents on display with a freestyle:
“All your bills overdue, all your people over you. Only one option remains, you just go to show and prove. And if I ever have a daughter, I would teach her to be like Mrs. Maxine Waters.” – YBN Cordae
Described by The New York Times as “one of the most promising young lyricists in hip-hop,” YBN Cordae, born in North Carolina and raised as a DMV product of PG County Maryland, is the “lyrical forcefield” of the YBN Crew.
Cordae broke out following the rapid success “Old N##gas”, a response to J. Cole’s “1985,” which allowed fans to hear Cordae go bar for bar as he attempts to dismantle the old hip-hop heads vs new rappers debate.
Cordae built upon the moment with follow ups like “Kung Fu” (11 million views on YouTube) and “Scottie Pippen” (6.6 million views on YouTube).
Most recently he appeared on “YBN: The Mixtape” alongside fellow crew members YBN Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay.
YBN Cordae shows off his versatility and lyrical dexterity on highlights from the mixtape such as “Target” and “Pain Away” where he features alongside YBN Nahmir.
The young MC has a bright career ahead of him not only as a rapper but also as a powerful political activist in the mold of outspoken thought leaders like J. Cole and Killer Mike.