Cordae is hitting the road. The Grammy-nominated rapper will soon visit several HBCU campuses — not stadiums — as part of his newly announced “Kickin’ it With Cordae” initiative. According to a press statement, Cordae will travel across the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and touch base at eight participating HBCUs in partnership with Coca-Cola and Cxmmunity.
The release adds that Cordae is an “avid gamer,” so the events will also promote each campus’ esports program through “Gaming, Music and Conversations with Cordae.” As part of the program, one lucky student will also have the chance to play a video game with Cordae.
The rapper will begin his college campus takeovers at Norfolk State University on Tuesday (Sept. 14) and later travel to Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and more, before wrapping up at South Carolina State on Sept. 21.
Back in June, Cordae joined forces with Disney Dreamers Academy and ESPN’s The Undefeated to fund scholarships for students attending HBCUs.
“So many people need the money more than I do,” the rapper said in a press release at the time. “I feel as though when you’re in such a blessed position, it’s important to pay that forward to be a blessing to others. It’s especially important to me to invest in our youth and the future.”
“Young people are the future of our society and the world, so we must do all we can to ensure they are properly positioned to succeed,” he added. “If I can spark the brain of a few future world leaders and geniuses, I’ll die a happy man.”
Cordae also donated his proceeds from The Undefeated and Disney Dreamers’ Liberated: Music for the Movement Volume 3 EP to help fund the scholarships. See the dates for his upcoming campus tour below:
September 14: Norfolk State University
September 15: Howard University
September 16: Morgan State University
September 17: Coppin State University
September 18: Delaware State University
September 19: University of Maryland Eastern Shore
September 20: North Carolina Central University
September 21: South Carolina State University