YBN's Cordae & Almighty Jay Talk Crafting 'YBN: The Mixtape,' Working With Dr. Dre & Mac Miller's Passing


YBN is hip-hop's newest fast-rising neophyte collective that's trying to observe within the footsteps a number of legendary rap crews who've shifted the style's panorama earlier than them. "Young Boss N—-s" is fronted by the contrasting personalities Nahmir, Almighty Jay and the current addition burgeoning Maryland-bred rapper Cordae, who joined the squad final 12 months.

Another step in cementing their ascension got here with the discharge YBN: The Mixtape earlier this month (Sept. 7), a melting pot challenge that sees every the YBN stars stepping as much as showcase their distinctive capability by means of a variety beforehand launched bangers weaved between contemporary tunes to make up the 23-track effort. 

"I fuck with the truth that everybody in A$AP Mob does one thing totally different. That's variety like us. In YBN, all of us have our personal lanes," the 21-year-old Cordae tells Billboard. "We're not essentially a bunch. We're extra a collective — it's like a motion. It's like a brotherhood exterior music and all the pieces has been natural."

Check out the remainder our dialog with YBN's Almighty Jay and Cordae because the gifted duo dishes on a large number subjects, together with crafting their debut mixtape, MGK's feud with Eminem, the loss Mac Miller, what's in retailer for the longer term, and way more. 

YBN Nahmir was not current for this interview as a result of sickness. 

Billboard: What was the inventive course of like when placing the mixtape collectively?

Almighty Jay: We didn't plan it out like, "Oh, we're going to make use of this for the tape." We simply went to the studio and made music. Most them we figured to simply put them on there as a result of we haven't dropped rather a lot music not too long ago. Basically, we simply made rather a lot music that method and saved piling it up. We listened to all of the music after which determined what we actually wished to be on there. 

YBN Cordae: The mixtape was just about completed earlier than I got here round. I simply added in some songs that I felt crammed within the lacking items the challenge. "Target" was one these songs with a unique sound. I wished to enhance them as nicely. The intro has Jay and Nahmir storytelling so I got here in with the storytelling as nicely. I didn't wish to go overboard. 

Cordae, you detailed a scary encounter with police on "Target." Why did you wish to speak about that right here?

YBN Cordae: Because it's based mostly on a real story. I used to be in school and driving however I didn't know my license was suspended. It was homecoming weekend so I had 5 my homies within the automotive. I simply wished to place that into music kind and felt that was the easiest way to precise how I felt. It made me understand so many encounters are like that. 

I ended up not getting booked. He realized we have been going to school and a bunch 18-year-olds. I needed to go to courtroom for it and it was an enormous inconvenience as a result of I had three totally different courtroom dates. It was horrible. 

Did you guys have a tough time working with one another and deciding what in the end made the tape?

Almighty Jay: Yeah, I suppose they are saying I'm exhausting to cope with. They're all the time attempting to inform me what I should be altering with my music and I simply inform them, "Nah." I'll change it typically however it nonetheless comes out hearth. I don't write nothing. Everything is a freestyle. I don't like writing music. 

YBN Cordae: That's his life-style, simply wing it. The majority my shit is written. I'll freestyle the flows or first 4 bars for a hook after which I variety get my inspiration from that. I freestyled the hook to "Target." I received into cadence after which it sparked the concept. I'll freestyle the flows as a result of that comes naturally however I simply plug within the phrases and write.

Walk me by means of how "Alaska" got here collectively, Cordae. 

YBN Cordae: That was initially a throwaway monitor. It match very well on the mixtape. I shot the video with Cole Bennett. He hit me up the day and was like, "I received a free day, do you wish to shoot a video?" I rocked with him to knock it out with that double-time movement. Mike Dean produced it. Him and a 14-year-old named Maddox, who’s his protege. I went to his home in Los Angeles and he cooked it up. I freestyled all the music exterior the second verse.

What did you each suppose Machine Gun Kelly's "Rap Devil" diss monitor firing again at Eminem?

YBN Cordae: When he dropped that I used to be like, "You're fucking insane bro." But should you really feel like that's what you bought to do, then do it. Always go together with your instinct. The diss is tough. I believe it was hearth. This is a superb factor for Machine Gun Kelly. I'd be glad as shit if Eminem dissed me. He made rather a lot good factors on there. This is what Eminem does with beef. I wish to hear what he's received to say. I don't suppose he was anticipating a solution. You gotta be loopy to need beef with Eminem and MGK is that. 

Almighty Jay: I listened to "Rap Devil" and appreciated it. I haven't listened to his music actually however he is aware of the way to rap his ass f. 

Did any collectives already in hip-hop encourage you guys to come back collectively?

YBN Cordae: Pro Era and Oddfuture have been large. A$AP Mob slightly too. I fuck with the truth that everybody in A$AP Mob does one thing totally different. That's variety like us. In YBN, all of us have our personal lanes. A$AP Rocky is a trend icon, A$AP Ferg] kills the rapping, Yams was the mastermind behind the entire thing. With Oddfuture, simply to see what Tyler, the Creator] is doing, Frank Ocean] is doing, what Earl was doing. That's what we're attempting to create. 

You took photographs at sneakers designed by Ian Connor throughout a current episode Sneaker Shopping, even referring to them as a "little rapey." Did you are feeling that's the precise setting for these feedback?

YBN Cordae: At the tip the day, I stated what I stated. Looking again now, I wouldn't have stated that on digicam. The final thing I wish to do with my platform is bash one other younger black man who’s getting cash. I don't have any issues with Lil Yachty or Ian Connor. 

What did you consider the response to your "Old N—-s" monitor? Did you ever find yourself talking with J. Cole?

YBN Cordae: He rocked with it and stated, "It was hearth." J. Cole is a bridge-gapper. The "Fuck J. Cole" motion was lame. He embraced it.

How was locking within the studio with Dr. Dre?

YBN Cordae: It was hearth. It was at his home for 20 hours straight. I like working with him as a result of it's like going by means of basketball drills. I felt myself getting higher by the hour. Dr. Dre's] working with me on this solo challenge. That's a mentor mine. He had all his Grammy plaques and I've by no means seen one in particular person earlier than which was motivational. 

What's up with the youthful era abusing their plaques? I noticed Lil Xan piss on his. 

YBN Cordae: I variety get the place Xan was going with that — fuck these materialistic issues in life. It doesn't imply something or piss to him, actually. 

Do you may have a tricky time shifting previous the connection drama with Blac Chyna and turning individuals's consideration towards your music?

Almighty Jay: I simply preserve dropping my music. I used to be by no means actually fearful about it. I'm an artist on the finish the day, not a cleaning soap operastar]. I'm simply gonna preserve placing the music] of their face. 

Were both you Mac Miller followers rising up?

YBN Cordae: Yeah, I used to be an enormous fan Mac Miller. You know the way you hearken to songs and also you reminisce about the place you have been if you first heard it? I simply had month in the past with Mac once I was listening to Blue Slide Park, Ok.I.D.S, and Macadelic. I used to be an enormous Mac Miller fan. He was straight sick. Even going again to his outdated mixtapes like The High Life. He's been within the sport since a youngin, that's how huge his stamp is. He grew as an artist and really advanced each album on some funkadelic shit. 

What are some your favourite albums that impressed you from this 12 months?

YBN Cordae: Not even as a result of they're useless, XXXTentacion's ?] album was loopy. That was pure artistry. Mac Miller's Swimming too. Cole Bennett pressed me to listen to it a number of weeks in the past. That was fucking insane. J. Cole's KOD as nicely. I like Teyana Taylor's Ok.T.S.E. album the very best out all of the G.O.O.D. Music releases. 

Almighty Jay: Culture II for me. I like life-style music, I don't get into all that lyrical shit. That's simply how I’m. I don't return to hearken to the outdated shit however I wish to hearken to what's at present occurring. 

Whose aspect are you taking for this Nicki Minaj versus Cardi B feud?

YBN Cordae: It's on sight for them. They be extra gangster than some these rappers. Don't sleep on Cardi B's Invasion Privacy. "Barbie Dreams" was hearth as nicely. That was some actual hip-hop shit. I like idea songs like that. 

What's subsequent for the 2 you musically?

Almighty Jay: I'm engaged on my solo album proper now. 

YBN Cordae: I'm engaged on a solo challenge that's coming actual quickly as nicely. We're not essentially a bunch. We're extra a collective — it's like a motion. It's like a brotherhood exterior music and all the pieces has been natural. 

Is there something deliberate for the remainder 2018?

YBN Cordae: I'm in all probability going to drop a pair movies. Probably a challenge in direction of the tip this 12 months or starting subsequent 12 months. I received a lot music. I'm simply attempting to make a traditional challenge. 

Almighty Jay: We're occurring tour beginning in Europe quickly. 

YBN Cordae: I simply want that "Young Boss N—-s in Paris" caption on the market. Before we carry out, I wish to sightsee in each metropolis we go to. That's instructional. I'm gonna write about some cool shit now.

Almighty Jay: I'm attempting to get the Wu-Tang Clan to come back out for us. Trying to get my man Method Man to open up for me. 

YBN Cordae: I don't co-sign any this.