C Carter offers a look at Cordae’s come-up as well as how his dreams as a kid have manifested into reality at this point in his career. The title references the 2005 film, Coach Carter and much like the message of the man himself, who believed that student-athletes should be encouraged to succeed academically instead of only in athletics, Cordae exemplifies this idea through his subject matter frequently blending braggadocio alongside thoughtful lyrics. In other words, Cordae may be an MVP of the game, but he always makes sure he saves space for a lesson. What makes the message of this track resonate with listeners is that it references a specific memory in the collective consciousness of many kids who grew up in the same generation as him, watching the same movies and having the same dreams. As with any come-up story, Cordae lets us know that the journey wasn’t easy and he still faces pressures and hardships. But through determination and by staying true to himself, he found an audience of people who relate to his music and eventually found an even deeper, spiritual connection to the art he creates. Combined with bluesy guitar licks and a soulful groove, the wistful feel of the track reminds everyone of the times they spent as a kid dreaming about bigger things, and perhaps maybe they too can one day look back at those times and be proud of what they’ve accomplished.
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