From a Birds Eye View

Cordae - From a Birds Eye View
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2022 Ratings: #703 / 797
User Score
2022 Ratings: #975
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

‘From A Birds Eye View’ is a true delight, revealing greater depth with each listen, and Cordae truly seems to be having fun while proving he’s here to stay.

83
A.V. Club

From A Bird’s Eye View is a fitting sequel to Lost Boy both sonically and lyrically. That lost boy is gone and in his place a self-assured artist plotting his next moves in the industry.

70
Clash
While 'From A Bird's Eye View' has some amazing moments of storytelling and technical rapping, unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to the incredibly high expectations Cordae has set for himself.
66
Beats Per Minute

Cordae’s drive and desire to go down as one of the best rappers to ever do it is evident on his latest album; through the project’s risks, verses, and thematic elements, he has shown that he intends to do whatever it takes to get to that next level – it just needs a bit more focus.

60
The Needle Drop

Despite Cordae's now elevated perspective, Birds Eye View offers a bit less food for thought than his debut.

60
AllMusic

For his second studio album, From a Birds Eye View, he doubles down on the neo-soul undercurrents of his 2019 debut, The Lost Boy, subtracting almost all of the trap elements and club-minded bass of his earlier releases in favor of dusty, organic drums and tightly arranged production full of warm soul samples and live instrumentation.

58
HipHopDX

His rapping capabilities are clearly present and his newfound singing abilities hints at some more engaging possibilities down the road. But in order to translate those skills to his listeners, he’ll need to stray from the path already traveled, quit trying to prove himself and blaze his own trail rather than trying to please every rapper dead or alive he clearly wants to become.

50
Pitchfork

Cordae’s latest album proves he doesn’t have an ethos or a sense of excitement that separates his music from other rappers with a working-class view.

PelicanManners
30

Picture the whole hip hop genre as a successful restaurant with a wide variety of dishes of all cuisines. I’m talking Italian, Indian, Korean, Croatian… They have it all. Imagine now you’re going into the restaurant you can order whatever you want. You could go with the classic “Illmatic” Lasagna or maybe some “Madvillainy” Chicken Tikka Masala. But no for some reason you’re ordering unseasoned chicken with a side of mayonnaise “From a ... read more

Rollo_P
71

Man, you can really feel the dogshit of a whack Em feature like, 3 seconds in.

This Cordae dude reminds me of Common, but with less wit/rhyming ability and more youthful ambition. Sonic palette is similar, almost zero dissonance. Some shades of Logic in there too, but Cordae is better at conveying an older soul conviction, the kind of MC who's a little wiser then his age might imply. He just doesn't do anything that you've never heard before unless you're 13 and this is your 4th rap album ... read more

hiphopcritiques
55

Yes king! Give us nothing!!

After almost three whole years, Cordae finally gives us a new album... that isn't all that interesting. My fellow reviewer @Rollo_P put it best, "He just doesn't do anything that you've never heard before unless you're 13 and this is your 4th rap album." I don't think I could ever describe this album better. See, I actually really enjoyed The Lost Boy. It was a very consistent album with sticky hooks and captivating flows. So basically take that album, ... read more

Hickeylu98
80

I actually rather enjoy this project

Hmmm_22
65

This is quite a disappointing album... The hype around this was quite big & it unfortunately succumbed to just being hype. This album lacks personality or in harsher terms, it's boring. Cordae's talents just made the album even worse then what it should have been, the production felt dragged & lazy, but most importantly this album didn't have a single 'hit', nothing for me really stood out from the rest.

PS: You also know its bad when the intro is one of the best parts of the album.

63

Despite Cordae's now elevated perspective, Birds Eye View offers a bit less food for thought than his debut.

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Track List

Disc 1
1Shiloh’s Intro
1:08
72
2Jean-Michel
2:43
78
3Super
2:57
73
4Momma’s Hood
3:32
69
5Want From Me
3:50
70
6Today
3:02
feat. Gunna
62
7Shiloh’s Interlude
0:22
52
8C Carter
3:13
72
9Sinister
2:28
feat. Lil Wayne
76
10Chronicles
3:32
62
11Champagne Glasses
4:17
72
12Westlake High
2:56
74
Disc 2
1Parables (Remix)
4:46
feat. Eminem
53
2Gifted
2:48
Bonus Track
73
Total Length: 41 minutes

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Added on: May 6, 2021