Youngboy Never Broke Again
YoungBoy Never Broke Again, also known as NBA YoungBoy and born Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, has spent most of his rapidly growing career with his foot on the pedal. YoungBoy started writing raps when he was in a Louisiana detention center after dropping out of high school to pursue music.
With cosigns from other Baton Rouge rappers like Booside Badazz and Kevin Gates, YoungBoy’s string of early mixtape releases began to bring him some buzz around the city. It wouldn’t be until YoungBoy Never Broke Again dropped A.I. YoungBoy after being released from prison in 2017 that his music would begin to find a national audience. The mixtape’s single “Untouchable,” and another track, “No Smoke,” gave YoungBoy his first Billboard charting songs and eventually landed him a deal with Atlantic Records.
In January 2018, YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name, delivered his highest-charting song, “Outside Today.” For the rest of 2018, going into 2019, YoungBoy becoming a streaming monster. The rapper accumulated 144.7 million on-demand streams in the first week of his 2019 project A.I. YoungBoy 2, landing him his first No. 1 Billboard placement. However, legal issues continued to follow Youngboy as he climbed the charts. Before a show in February, 2018, Youngboy was arrested on charges of assault and kidnapping of his then-girlfriend Jania Jackson and served a few weeks in prison. In September 2020, he was arrested with 16 others for allegedly distributing and manufacturing drugs, owning stolen firearms, and several other charges. Then Youngboy was taken into FBI custody in March 2021 for weapons possession after a drawn out stand-off with authorities.