Cordae Partners With Disney & ESPN To Fund HBCU Scholarships

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Cordae has teamed up with Disney Dreamers Academy and ESPN’s The Undefeated to fund scholarships for underrepresented communities attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Maryland rapper was asked to appear on the upcoming Liberated/Music for the Movement Vol. 3 EP and chose to donate money to HBCU students, which Disney and The Undefeated then matched.

“So many people need the money more than I do,” Cordae said in a statement. “I feel as though when you’re in such a blessed position, it’s important to pay that forward to be a blessing to others. It’s especially important to me to invest in our youth and the future. Young people are the future of our society and the world, so we must do all we can to ensure they are properly positioned to succeed.”

He added, “If I can spark the brain of a few future world leaders and geniuses, I’ll die a happy man.”

Cordae is contributing a Common collaboration called “What’s Life” to the Liberated/ Music for the Movement Vol. 3 EP, which is set to arrive on Friday (June 18) with other songs from Lucky Daye and Chloe Bailey. On the same day, he’ll perform as a special guest on Stephen A. Smith’s Stephen A’s World on ESPN+ to celebrate Juneteenth.

Grammy-nominated Cordae went to college himself but dropped out of Towson University in 2018 to focus on his music career.

“This art form is about having fun and expressing yourself,” he told Highsnobiety in August 2019. “When it is just a job then that takes the whole kick out of it [for the fans]. I dropped out of college because I was miserable as fuck and making music was my dream, so having fun is important.”

In April, he released his Just Until… EP with features from Q-Tip and Young Thug alongside production credits from Raphael Saadiq, Terrace Martin, Take a Daytrip and Cardiak – revisit the four songs below.