AOTY 2022

The Lost Boy

YBN Cordae - The Lost Boy
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #207 / 790
User Score
2019 Ratings: #329
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

If The Lost Boy was the new wave rapper's most substantial test of talent and longevity, YBN Cordae passed with flying colours.

80
Clash

Both bold and filled with bravado, yet layered and emotional, YBN Cordae is able to convey his desires, hopes, and fears in an ambitious and well-thought out format.

80
Highsnobiety

This isn’t an album for fans of chaotic trap and moshing, but one that is designed as something for you to sit back and vibe to, and understanding this will be key to how much you enjoy the journey.

80
AllMusic

It's ... a strong collection, and when Cordae strikes a perfect balance of mellow production and lyrical power on standout tracks like "We Gon Make It," it points to even more fully formed work ahead from a strong talent just getting started.

78
HipHopDX

Cordae’s debut album The Lost Boy ... encapsulates everything a Gen Z rapper should be aiming for; young gun energy mixed with traditional skill.

70
Pitchfork

Occasionally corny and self-serious, Cordae's redemption tale shows a promising voice bursting into the mainstream.

70
The Needle Drop

Even though Cordae wears some of his contemporary influences on his sleeve, The Lost Boy is a solid and promising debut album.

Toasterqueen12
88

YBN Cordae creates the best Chance The Rapper album ever.

It's crazy to see someone at this level of quality so early in his career. I would expect something like this from an artist who hasn't released an album in 5 years and this is the "Big Comeback." But, this is his "first" album. It's just incredible.

Also "RNP" is the best Anderson .Paak has ever sounded.

usedtobe
95

North Carolina native/rapper's debut is an excellent outing for the young rapper exuding youthful exuberance and down-to-earth lyricism that talks about his struggles that would relate to the young and old alike. This young man sounds he is just having fun in front of the mic, spitting rhymes with enough passion and sincerity that shows in his music. With a hefty, ambitious amount of guest collaborations working on his strengths, this is quality rap music that should be relish for years to ... read more

TheDankestMeme
87

YBN Cordae really delivers on his debut album The Lost Boy. Cordae was an artist who already had a lot of hype going for him and he has proven himself to be a great lyricist. The singles from the project like Have Mercy were also great. He also outshined pretty much all the artists in the 2019 XXL Freshman class. With his debut project, Cordae tries out many different things and brings in some gospel elements as well as his more traditional-trap leaning production. You can hear his influences ... read more

88

The vibe is immaculate, Cordae is such an underrated talent. The features hit just right. This album is a masterpiece.

lapuissance
92

For the past three years, I've been listening to this album non-stop. I can't explain why it is so appealing to me. I love everything about this project.

kay5508
85

No misses on this album. When I first heard this in 2019 it made me a superfan of Cordae, as his energy and character really shine. Although some of the concepts and songs are pretty simple, every song on this record made me hopeful for his future.

Favorites: RNP, Family Matters, Bad Idea, Thousand Words, Broke As Fuck
Least Favorites: none

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Added on: July 2, 2019