YBN Cordae’s anticipated The Lost Boy solo project received another dynamic single in the Chance The Rapper-assisted “Bad Idea,” which premiered over at Beats 1 on Monday (June 17). The DMV spitter stuck around to provide some insight to his debut album that is slated to drop at the end of July.
After linking up at Coachella in April, Cordae flew out to Chicago to meet Chance and get to work. “The opening lines to the song is, ‘I know myself far too well to be a stranger of pain.’ I freestyled that line,” the 21-year-old explained to Zane Lowe. “Meaning like, ‘I know what I’ve been through. Everything that I’ve witnessed, everything that I’ve been to to act like I don’t know myself.’ And that’s really essentially what the song is about. It has like good home vibes, good summer vibes, like good nostalgic feeling to it.”
Cordae also released the accompnaying visual, which finds the “Locationships” rapper going back-and-forth from reflecting on life after a long day of manual labor, to enjoying a family barbecue in the backyard with Chance The Rapper. Even though they don’t notch an appearance in the clip, listen for additional vocals from SiR and Ant Clemons.
As far as the rest of The Lost Boy, the YBN artist teased appearances from Pusha T, Meek Mill, and Anderson .Paak. “Every feature came about extremely naturally,” Cordae said. “We’re all in the studio together. Everybody I made a song with, we was in the studio together at the same time. So the vibes got to come together super naturally and everybody had a marquee verse.”
Watch the “Bad Idea” video and listen to YBN Cordae on Beats 1 below.