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Cordae Says Jay-Z Is His Favorite Rapper, Then Recites Lyric From 'The Blueprint'



On his first two albums, The Lost Boy and From a Bird's Eye View, the Maryland-native has established himself as an accomplished lyricist - and he owes a lot to some of music's greats for his approach to the craft.


In a recent interview for Complex's "GOAT Talk" series, Cordae was asked about his favorite rap lyric that wasn't his, and he didn't hesitate to name a classic JAY-Z lyric from the early 2000s.


“There’s this Hov line,” he said. “Hov’s like, everybody’s favorite rapper, so sometimes I feel a little pretentious saying Hov is my favorite rapper, but it’s just the fucking truth, honestly. But this line is like, ‘Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?’ I love that. I felt that muthafucka, boy.”



Cordae is referring to the line found in JAY-Z and Eminem's collaboration titled "Renegade," from 2001's The Blueprint. A record like that helped propel the album to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and make it one of the most acclaimed Hip Hop releases of all time.


Watch Cordae’s “GOAT Talk” conversation in full below.