Cordae’s latest album just got some love at the Australian Open. The rapper’s girlfriend, tennis star Naomi Osaka, beat out Camila Osorio in the tournament’s second match on Monday (January 17). She used her victory as a moment to shout out her boyfriend’s new album, From A Bird’s Eye View, which dropped Friday (January 14).
When Osaka grabbed a marker to sign the camera lens, a customary practice for victors in a pro tennis match, she opted out of signing her own signature and instead wrote “FABEV,” the abbreviation for the record.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 17, 2022
From A Bird’s Eye View features Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder, Gunna, Eminem, Lil Durk and others. As the 24-year-old rapper recently told HipHopDX, the album was meant as a candid reflection of his own life.
“[I’ve been] transferring real-life events and experiences that I’ve really have gone through and transmuting them into the music,” Cordae explained. “Each individual song has a certain memory and experience attached to it. [On the song] ‘Momma’s Hood,’ one of my best friends that I used to play basketball with got killed last summer and it happened about a week after he came to L.A. to visit me. And a week after when he went back home, he got killed and that really affected me deeply, y’know?”
The “Super” rapper said while he definitely felt the pressure to perform alongside his legendary guests, he always tried to put his best foot forward no matter who was on the mic.
“I try to give my best no matter who I’m on the song with,” he added. “If I’m on a song you never heard of or on a song with a Nas or a Drake, I try to always give them the same amount of effort. But I’d be lying to you if I wasn’t ‘on a cloud’.
Check out From A Bird’s Eye View below.