YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again[1][2] (also known as NBA YoungBoy or simply YoungBoy), is an American rapper. Between 2015 and 2017, he released eight independent mixtapes and steadily garnered a cult following through his work. In August 2017, Gaulden was signed to Atlantic Records.[3] In January 2018, he released the single "Outside Today", which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] The song became the lead single for his debut studio album Until Death Call My Name (2018) which peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard 200.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again
YoungBoy in 2018
Background information
Birth nameKentrell DeSean Gaulden
Also known as
  • NBA YoungBoy
  • Top
  • Lil Top
  • YoungBoy
  • YB
  • AI YoungBoy
Born (1999-10-20) October 20, 1999 (age 23)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Jazlyn Mychelle Hayes
(m. 2023)

In October 2019, Gaulden released the single "Bandit" (with Juice Wrld), which became his first top-ten single.[4] A week later, he released AI YoungBoy 2 (2019), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.[5] In April 2020, he released 38 Baby 2, becoming his second chart-topping project on the Billboard 200. Later that year, Gaulden released his second studio album Top (2020), which followed suit as his third chart-topping project in less than a year.[6] In September 2021, Sincerely, Kentrell (2021) was released during his incarceration, topping the charts again, making him the third artist besides 2Pac and Lil Wayne to have a chart-topping album while incarcerated.[7][8] In August 2022, he released his fourth studio album, The Last Slimeto (2022), which marked his final studio album with Atlantic Records.[9] In late 2022, Gaulden signed to Motown[10] and released his fifth album, I Rest My Case in January 2023.[11] Months later, in April 2023, he released his sixth full-length studio album, Don't Try This at Home.[12]

Despite his success, Gaulden's career has been marked by a long history of legal issues that began in 2016, and has released multiple projects during his incarcerations.[13]

Early life

Kentrell DeSean Gaulden was born on October 20, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He broke his neck while wrestling as a toddler, the injury requiring a head brace until the spine healed. The brace left permanent scars on his forehead.[14] Gaulden was raised mainly by his maternal grandmother, Alice Gaulden, due to his father being sentenced to 55 years in prison.[14] He dropped out of high school in ninth grade. While in juvenile detention for a robbery charge, he began writing lyrics for his debut project.[1]

After he was released, Gaulden's grandmother died of heart failure in 2010 and he was sent to a group home in which he noted that he'd get beat up:[15]

"I used to get beat up inside the group home for no reason, the other boys would put their hands on me, and I would look up like, 'Why are you hitting me, bro? What'd I do?' It made me discover another side of me that I never glorified or liked. I found out how to be the person that you don't want to do that with. [Before then], I never understood all the evilness or wrong because I was showered by so much love from this one person."

He later moved in with his friend and fellow Baton Rouge rapper, OG3Three Never Broke Again. The two then used acts of criminality to begin to pay for studio time.[14]


2015–2017: Career beginnings and AI YoungBoy

Gaulden performing in 2017

Gaulden first began producing music with a microphone he bought from Walmart when he was fourteen years old.[14] He released his first mixtape, Life Before Fame in 2015. A string of other mixtapes followed including Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2, and Before I Go. Gaulden attracted attention with his October 2016 mixtape, 38 Baby[1][16] which featured fellow Baton Rouge natives, Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, and fellow rappers Stroke Tha Don and NBA 3Three.[17] A week later, Gaulden released another mixtape titled Mind of a Menace 3 on November 4, 2016. Gaulden's quick rise to popularity could also be attributed to his "song-for-song rap beef" with fellow Baton Rouge rapper Scotty Cain in December 2015, in which songs from both rappers included death threats. Although no real violence ever occurred between the two Baton Rouge rappers, their feuding attracted a lot of attention.[16][17]

In November 2016, Gaulden was arrested in Austin, Texas on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting.[16][18] While in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana,[16] Gaulden re-released his two mixtapes, Before I Go and Mind of a Menace 3. Gaulden was released from prison in May 2017 after taking a plea deal and posting bail.[19] A week after leaving prison, Gaulden released the single, "Untouchable".[20]

In July 2017, Gaulden released a video for his song, "41", that included cameos from notable artists including, Meek Mill, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Boosie Badazz, and Yo Gotti.[21] In August 2017, it was reported that after being scouted by Mike Caren, YoungBoy signed a five-album record deal worth $2 million with Carren's Artist Partner Group and Atlantic Records while the music had been published under YoungBoy's own Never Broke Again.[3] On August 3, 2017, he released his seventh mixtape, AI YoungBoy which charted at 24 on the Billboard 200, marking YoungBoy's first appearance on the chart.[22] The single, "Untouchable", peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[23] The second single from the project, "No Smoke", peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[24]

YoungBoy's eighth mixtape, Ain't Too Long was released on October 7, 2017. The mixtape peaked at #173 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking YoungBoy's second appearance on the chart.[25] Just a month later, in November 2017, YoungBoy appeared as a guest on 21 Savage's Numb The Pain Tour.[26]

2018–2019: Until Death Call My Name and AI YoungBoy 2

Gaulden released the single "Outside Today" on January 6, 2018.[27] The song became Gaulden's highest charting song, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[24] He announced his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name on January 11, 2018. [28] The album's second single "Diamond Teeth Samurai", an interpolation of Lil Wayne's October 1999, "Tha Block Is Hot" was released on April 2, 2018, just three weeks prior to the release of the album.[29] The song peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100.[24] The album was released on April 27, 2018.[30] Following the release of "Villain" on June 21, 2018, YoungBoy released a reloaded version of Until Death Call My Name which featured guest appearances from Offset and Lil Uzi Vert on June 28, 2018.[31]

Despite being arrested in February 2018, Gaulden promised a new mixtape.[32] Gaulden was released from jail on March 15, and his next mixtape Master The Day Of Judgement was released on May 19, 2018.[33] Throughout the summer of 2018, Gaulden released a series of four EPs, each containing four tracks. The first of which, 4Respect, was released on August 24, followed by 4Freedom, 4Loyalty, and 4WhatImportant on August 30, September 6, and 14, respectively. In conjunction with the final part being released, all four EPs were combined into a 16-track compilation titled 4Respect 4Freedom 4Loyalty 4WhatImportant.[34] On September 7, Gaulden released his mixtape Decided, featuring a sole guest appearance from Trippie Redd.[35] On December 20, Gaulden released another mixtape, Realer, featuring guest appearances from Lil Baby and Plies.[36]

By January 2019, Gaulden was on YouTube's Top Music Artists list in the United States for the previous 101 weeks, which made him the most-watched musician across all genres.[37] This was mainly due in part to his consistency of releasing music regularly and exclusively on YouTube. He was also the ninth best-selling artist on the 2019 Billboard Mid-Year Charts and was seventh in the top ten artists ranked by on-demand audio streams without releasing a project in the first six months of 2019.[37]

Gaulden was sentenced to 14 months on house arrest following a probation violation earlier in 2019. Due to the house arrest, he was unable to record music from anywhere besides his house.[38] On September 25, 2019, Gaulden released the "aptly titled" single "House Arrest Tingz".[39]

On October 4, 2019, Gaulden released the song "Bandit", with rapper Juice WRLD, released as the final new song by Juice WRLD as a lead artist before his death. The song reached number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming NBA Youngboy's highest charting single.

On October 10, 2019, Gaulden released his mixtape AI YoungBoy 2, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.[5] The mixtape is a sequel to his 2017 breakout AI Youngboy and features 18 songs, including the previously released song "Slime Mentality".[38] Gaulden was able to get his first number one album on the Billboard 200 because the album had accumulated 144.7 million on-demand audio streams during its first week, becoming one of the top ten biggest streaming debuts of 2019.[5]

2020–2021: 38 Baby 2, Top, and Sincerely, Kentrell

In February 2020, Gaulden released his mixtape, Still Flexin, Still Steppin. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming his second-highest charting album after his 2019 number-one album AI YoungBoy 2.[40] On April 24, 2020, Gaulden released his mixtape 38 Baby 2, a sequel to his October 2016 38 Baby. The mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 marking YoungBoy's second number-one album on the chart. The mixtape peak was a result of the 67,000 album-equivalent units (including 4,000 pure album sales) in its first week, subsequent of the 96.9 million on-demand streams in its first week.[41]

On August 20, 2020, Gaulden announced the release of his second studio album titled Top, which was released on September 11. It includes the Hot 100-charting singles "All In", "Kacey Talk", and "My Window" featuring Lil Wayne.[42][43] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became his third number-one album in under one year. Top sold 126,000 album-equivalent units (including 19,000 pure album sales) in its first week, accumulating 156.32 million on-demand US streams from all its tracks. The album marked YoungBoy's highest-selling album, until the timely release of his third studio album.[44]

On November 11, 2020, Gaulden released his fourth solo project of 2020, the mixtape Until I Return, a sequel to his June 2016 Before I Go. It was released exclusively on YouTube and was made available three days later to streaming services with four additional songs. The mixtape has no guest features and peaked at number eleven on the Billboard' 200.[45] On November 20, 2020, Gaulden released a collaborative project with Rich the Kid, titled Nobody Safe.[46]

Gearing up for the release of his third studio album Sincerely, Kentrell while incarcerated, YoungBoy released the singles "Toxic Punk", "White Teeth", "Nevada", "Life Support", and "On My Side", all of which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[47][48] On September 24, 2021, Gaulden released his third studio album, Sincerely, Kentrell from prison. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 making him the third artist besides 2Pac and Lil Wayne to have a number-one album while incarcerated.[7][8] The album marked YoungBoy's highest-selling album, overtaking Top as it sold 137,000 album-equivalent units (including 10,000 in pure sales) in its first week, acquiring 186.29 million on-demand streams across all of its tracks. The debut marked YoungBoy's fourth number-one album on the charts.[49] During the release of the album, the term "YB Better" had gone viral in social media as fans heavily commented the term on social media, subsequently, just four days following the album's release, a deluxe edition, Sincerely, Kentrell > (pronounced "better") was released which featured an additional two songs.[50]

Following his release from jail in late October 2021, he released a number of singles beginning in November, including "Heart and Soul", "Alligator Walk", and "Blackball". The singles led up to his collaborative mixtape with Birdman, From the Bayou, which was released on December 10, 2021, after initially being announced in March 2018.[51]

2022: Colors, The Last Slimeto, and numerous other projects

YoungBoy Never Broke Again in 2022

Gaulden released another mixtape, titled Colors, on January 21, 2022.[52] This mixtape garnered attention due to the singles released previously, in which he dissed rappers King Von and NLE Choppa on the tracks "Bring the Hook" and "Know Like I Know", respectively.[53] On March 4, 2022, Gaulden released Better than You, a collaborative mixtape with DaBaby.

On April 1, 2022, YoungBoy Never Broke Again released the Last Slimeto Sampler[54] This led up to his fourth studio album, The Last Slimeto, which is also his final album with Atlantic Records, and was released on August 5, 2022. In May, it was reported that Gaulden rejected CEO Craig Kallman's $25 million offer to renew his Atlantic deal, calling the label out on its artist integrity. He also called to be released from the label along with fellow ex-labelmate Meek Mill.[55][56] Additionally, in July 2022, he terminated his performance rights management deal with ASCAP and joined Irving Azoff-headed Global Music Rights.

Through Never Broke Again's Instagram page, it was announced that YoungBoy had finally completed his contract with Atlantic Records.[57]

YoungBoy was featured on The Game's album Drillmatic – Heart vs. Mind on the track "O.P.P", but was later removed over a $150K fee.[58][59]

On September 4, 2022, YoungBoy released the YouTube exclusive single "Purge Me".[60] On September 5, 2022, through DJ Akademiks it was announced that YoungBoy would release a surprise mixtape titled Realer 2, presented as a sequel to his December 2018 Realer.[61] However, the mixtape did not release according to plan. On September 6, 2022, at around 4 PM EST, the mixtape was released primarily to YoungBoy's YouTube channel. Just a day later on September 7, the mixtape was added to all digital streaming platforms; despite YoungBoy's departure from Atlantic Records, the mixtape was distributed through the label.

On October 7, 2022, YoungBoy released his twentieth mixtape, 3800 Degrees through Never Broke Again and Atlantic Records.[62] The project pays homage to Juvenile's 1998 400 Degreez and Lil Wayne's 2002 500 Degreez. The mixtape features guest appearances from E-40, Mouse on tha Track, and Shy Glizzy. The project marks YoungBoy Never Broke Again's fifth release of 2022 (fourth solo).[63][64]

On October 16, he announced another project, Ma' I Got a Family, to be released the same week as his twenty-first project, and his sixth release of the year (fifth solo).[65] Just days later, the tracklist was released, announcing Nicki Minaj and Yeat as the mixtape's only features.[66] On October 21, 2022, the mixtape was released and was presented as a DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz exclusive.[67][68][69]

Through Billboard, on October 24, 2022, it was announced that following the completion of YoungBoy Never Broke Again's contract with Atlantic Records, YoungBoy would sign a joint venture contract between Motown Records and YoungBoy's own label Never Broke Again.[10][70][71][72][73][74][75] The joint venture deal was signed just over a year prior in September 2021, prior to the announcement of YoungBoy's addition to the label.[76]

On November 25, 2022, YoungBoy teamed up with Never Broke Again signee, Quando Rondo for their collaborative mixtape, 3860.[77] The mixtape was preceded by four singles, "Give Me a Sign", Cream Soda" (Performed by Quando Rondo), "Keep Me Dry", and "It's On." Despite the project being uploaded to YoungBoy's YouTube channel, on the day of the mixtape's release, YoungBoy revealed that he did not want the mixtape to be released due to his past disputes with Atlantic Records, the label under which the mixtape was released under, subsequently leading to the removal of the mixtape from YoungBoy's YouTube channel. YoungBoy further noted that Quando respected his wishes for the mixtape to not be released, however, Atlantic Records proceeded to release the project.[78]

On December 23, 2022, YoungBoy released the compilation album Lost Files which purely consisted of leaked songs from 2018 onwards. The project marked his final release of the year.[79][80] The project peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200 selling over 18,000 copies in its first tracking week.[81]

2023–present: I Rest My Case, Don't Try This at Home, and Richest Opp

On January 3, 2023, YoungBoy's label released the official artwork for his fifth studio album I Rest My Case on their Instagram. On January 4, 2023, YoungBoy released a series of promotional singles, most notably "Black" which peaked at number 93 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was released on January 6, 2023, and is YoungBoy's first project under a new artist deal with Motown Records.[82] The album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, marking YoungBoy's lowest charting studio album.

Through Billboard, on February 1, 2023, YoungBoy was announced to appear on the magazine's cover which was released alongside an interview.[83][15] Appearing on the cover marked YoungBoy's first in five years since his October 2017 appearance on The Fader.[84] Through the interview, it was noted that YoungBoy's sixth full-length studio album titled Don't Try This at Home is in the works.[15]

On February 24, 2023, YoungBoy appeared as a feature on Irvine, California native Yeat's third studio album Afterlyfe on the second track, "Shmunk".[85] Weeks later, on March 17, 2023, YoungBoy would appear as a feature on "I Don't Mind", the fifth track on Lil Pump's third long-awaited studio album, Lil Pump 2.[86][87][88][89]

On February 27, 2023, YoungBoy released "Next", a promotional single leading up to his sixth studio album, Don't Try This at Home.[90][91][92] Just days later on March 2, 2023, YoungBoy issued another single, "Demon Party".[93][94][95] Weeks later, through Motown Record's official Instagram, it was announced that the album would drop on April 21, 2023, and it would consist of thirty-three songs.[96] Following the album's announcement, the album's lead single, "WTF" with the Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj was released on April 7, 2023, just two weeks before the release of the project.[97][98][99][100][101][102][103][104][105][106] The album's second and final single, "Rear View" with the Atlanta singer Mariah the Scientist was released on April 14, 2023.[107][108][109] The album released according to plan on April 21, 2023, featuring guest appearances from Mariah the Scientist, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, and the Kid Laroi.[110][12][111][112] The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 after selling 60,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[113] Furthermore, YoungBoy became the youngest artist in Billboard history to chart 100 songs on the Hot 100 after "Big Truck" debuted at #100 on the chart.[114][115][116]

On May 8, 2023, YoungBoy announced a mixtape titled Richest Opp and its release date of May 12, the same release date as rival Lil Durk's album Almost Healed. Following this announcement, Durk's album was delayed. Richest Opp debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 51,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[117] The mixtape garnered attention due to a song titled "Fuck The Industry Pt. 2" in which YoungBoy called out multiple rappers including Drake, J. Cole, and Lil Yachty.[118]

Musical style

NBA YoungBoy has been noted for his melodic vocals and "signature aggressive punch and high energy".[119] He is known for his consistency in releasing music, with his work ethic described as being of a "rapid fire pace".[120] YoungBoy has released over twenty-six studio albums, EP's, and mixtapes since 2015. In 2023, he described his tendency to release music constantly as a "disease".

"The music is therapy, but I can't stop it when I want, and the lifestyle is just a big distraction from your real purpose."[121]

Legal issues

Despite his success as a musical artist, Gaulden had been involved in numerous criminal run-ins and a civil lawsuit.

2014: Robbery charge and juvenile detention

In late 2014, Gaulden was arrested for robbery and sent to a detention center in Tallulah, Louisiana. He was released after serving 6 months.[122][123][124]

2016–2017: Attempted murder

On November 28, 2016, U.S. Marshals arrested Gaulden before a concert in Austin, Texas, accusing him of jumping out of a vehicle and opening fire on a group of people on a South Baton Rouge street. Gaulden was charged with two counts of attempted murder.[125][126] Gaulden was in jail until May 2017 for attempted first degree murder.[127] Speaking on his incarceration, he said "I don't think they really target, but if you got a name, they know who you is, you do something, they gonna come get you, and whoever you're with and whatever they do, you're accountable for it just because you got the biggest name. That's how that shit go."[128] Facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. On August 22, 2017, he was sentenced to a suspended ten-year prison term and three years of active probation.[126]

2018: Assault, weapons and kidnapping

Gaulden was arrested before a concert at The Moon nightclub in Tallahassee on February 25, 2018. Gaulden had a warrant in the state of Georgia for allegedly committing assault, weapons violations and kidnapping.[129] Hotel surveillance footage leaked shortly following his arrest showing Gaulden assaulting his former girlfriend.[130] On March 15, 2018, he was released from jail on $75,000 bail.[131]

2019: Assault and battery lawsuit

On March 12, 2019, it was reported that Gaulden and Never Broke Again artist Tyquian "Quando Rondo" Bowman were filed suit by a man claiming to be the rappers' bodyguard, tour manager and/or tour DJ for assault, battery and emotional distress. The lawsuit claims that on December 21, 2018, during a concert in Florence, South Carolina, the two performers were annoyed by a crazed fan resulting in an argument. The claimant states that he, Gaulden, Bowman and members of their entourage were escorted backstage by management, venue owners and concert organizers where he claims to have been assaulted by the two aforementioned. The person, who claimed was confronted by the two defendants, commented that Bowman (although unprovoked) instigated the incident by attempting to force him back onstage to break up the fan craze to secure his team, but after he refused, Bowman and Gaulden immediately assaulted him as he tried to explain to both parties of his deeds. It resulted in the victim sustaining a "cracked tooth, bloody face and injuries to his reputation". Gaulden's attorney stated that he had no prior knowledge of the incident, but would look into the outcome of the lawsuit.[132][133][134][135][136][137]

2019: Miami shooting, probation violation, and house arrest

While Gaulden was on probation, on May 12, 2019, he was involved in a shooting in Miami in which he returned fire after a shooter in a black Cadillac Escalade opened fire, injuring Gaulden's girlfriend and killing a bystander.[138] Though Gaulden's charges for the shooting itself were dismissed, he was found to be in the company of Ben Fields and Trulondrick "Boomer" Norman, which violated a special condition of his probation; for this violation, the judge ordered him to spend 90 days in jail, banned him from performing for the next 14 months, and sentenced him to house arrest with electronic monitoring for the remainder of his probation.[139]

2019–2020: Probation termination and renewal

On December 13, 2019, the judge officially terminated Gaulden's probation for two counts of attempted murder.[140] However, he was sentenced to a year of probation five days later after he pleaded guilty to simple assault in the case involving his ex-girlfriend.[141]

2020: Baton Rouge arrest for federal firearm and drug offenses

On September 28, 2020, Gaulden was among sixteen people arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on various charges, including distribution and manufacturing of drugs and possession of stolen firearms. His lawyer denied any guilt, stating "There was no indication that he had any guns or drugs on him at the time of the arrest".[142]

2021–2022: California federal firearm charge and Baton Rouge federal firearm and drug charge

On March 22, 2021, Gaulden was arrested by federal agents in Los Angeles executing a federal warrant stemming from his September 2020 arrest in Baton Rouge. Officers attempted to stop a vehicle with Gaulden in it to serve the warrant when Gaulden took off on foot. After a search that involved using a K9, Gaulden was found and booked on federal firearms charges.[143][144] On October 26, 2021, he was released from jail on a $1.5 million bail.[145]

On February 24, 2022, following YoungBoy's September 2020 Baton Rouge arrest in the process of recording a music video, Gaulden's team filed a motion to suppress the firearm obtained during the arrest alongside the video and photo evidence via an SD card from the video shoot for "Chopper City". On March 2, 2022, the motion to suppress the video evidence was granted, however, the motion to suppress the firearm was denied.[142][146][147][148] Following Gaulden's win, a trial date was set for May 16, 2022, however, it was later pushed back due to unforeseeable actions.[149] In June 2022, Gaulden's team won a pre-trial motion as his team filed for a removal of evidence due to prosecutorial misconduct.[150]

During the trial for Gaulden's California federal firearm charge, on July 12, 2022, the prosecution's attempt to use lyrics from YoungBoy's music, "Life Support" and "Gunsmoke", both of which in YoungBoy raps about FN Herstals was ruled to not be used against him.[151][152][153][154][155][156][157] On July 15, 2022, Gaulden was found not guilty of his federal firearms charges from California, due to a lack of evidence linking him to intentionally possessing the weapons found.[158][159][160][161][162][148]

2023–present: Baton Rouge federal firearm charge

On March 9, 2023, regarding Gaulden's Baton Rouge federal firearm charge, the prosecution team filed a motion to challenge Gaulden's motion to suppress the video and photo evidence – which they won in March 2022. It was noted that the three-judge panel would come to a decision in the following weeks.[163]

On March 15, 2023, it was announced that judge Shelly Dick lifted restrictions from Gaulden's house arrest. In the report, two conditions were removed. Firstly, Gaulden would be allowed to have more than three visitors at a time without a curfew restriction.[164][165]


King Von and Lil Durk

From 2018 to 2020, YoungBoy and Chicago rapper King Von – a signee of Lil Durk's imprint Only The Family – began to diss each other through social media and their music, in what was initially taken as a joke. In particular, Von who made several videos mocking viral clips of YoungBoy as Von noted that YoungBoy fakes in his music: "the fuck YoungBoy talking about on this song, bruh? He's talking crazy, he ain't even like that. I'm on his a** now. You got caps in yo raps."[166] On November 6, 2020, King Von was shot and killed following an altercation with the YoungBoy Never Broke Again affiliate Quando Rondo.[167][168]

In 2022, following Von's death, and YoungBoy's release from jail, YoungBoy released "Bring the Hook", the lead single from his mixtape Colors. In the track, YoungBoy sent an obvious diss toward King Von and rappers from O'Block in Chicago as he rapped: "Nigga, this that Squid Game, O-Block pack get rolled up / Murder what they told us, Atlanta boy get fold up".[169][170] The song's release sparked a feud between YoungBoy and Von's close friend Lil Durk which lead to the release of "Ahhh Ha", the lead single from Durk's 7220. The song featured several subliminal disses from Durk to YoungBoy.[171][172] In the track, Durk took several shots against YoungBoy's ex-girlfriend Jania Meshell, suggesting she had relations with the late King Von.[173] On the same day, YoungBoy released "I Hate YoungBoy" which appeared on his fourth studio album The Last Slimeto. In the song, YoungBoy had taken shots at Durk's fiancé India Royale, Gucci Mane, Lil Baby, Boosie Badazz, Durk's late cousin OTF Nunu, and Durk himself.[174][175][176] He also dissed Apple Music for promoting the Chicago native Lil Durk.[177]

On May 4, 2023, media personality Akademiks stated that YoungBoy and Durk had reconciled,[178] but on May 8, YoungBoy dissed both Durk and Akademiks on Twitter. On the same day, he announced a new mixtape titled Richest Opp and its release date of May 12, 2023, the same release date as Lil Durk's album Almost Healed.[179]

NLE Choppa

In the midst of YoungBoy's feud with Lil Durk, YoungBoy released the track "Know Like I Know" which contained several disses towards NLE Choppa after he allegedly picked Durk's side in their beef after NLE responded negatively to a Tweet from a King Von affiliate, Lil Reese which stated: "That ain't no demon time he just rapping like the rest of these rappers all rap" under which NLE responded, "I stamp that".[180] In the track, YoungBoy had taken several subliminal disses towards NLE where he rapped: "I bet your momma would be destroyed, n-gga, when we send your stupid ass to God for makin' statements/Choosin' sides about my beef with them lil boys. I can say I saw it, you can say I was your favorite, n-gga/Better stay up in your place bitch, fuck around get your face split" and "I don't give a fuck how you treat your body, give a fuck bout your cleaning".[181] YoungBoy also referenced The Real Blasian who is both the ex-girlfriends of YoungBoy and NLE as he rapped: "Nigga better ask Blasian about me/How we catch 'em bad and take his shit/Leave 'em stripped, the police think we raped the bitch/Nigga better not play with this".[181]

Gucci Mane

Following YoungBoy's infamous "I Hate YoungBoy" in which he rapped: "Used to fuck with Gucci 'til I seen he like them pussy niggas" after Gucci's collaboration with Lil Durk, "Rumors", Gucci responded with "Publicity Stunt" in which he dissed YoungBoy several times. In the track, Gucci responded to YoungBoy as he rapped: "Why you diss me for publicity nigga?/Is you in the streets or a industry nigga?" after YoungBoy had made it clear he doesn't appreciate the music industry.[182][183] In the song's outro, Gucci interpolated YoungBoy's viral hit "Make No Sense" in which YoungBoy rapped: "I feel like I'm Gucci Mane in 2006", where Gucci switched it up, rapping: "I thought you felt like Gucci Mane in 2006".[184]

Business ventures

Never Broke Again

Following YoungBoy's signing with Atlantic Records in 2017, his music had begun to be released under Atlantic and Never Broke Again, a record label founded by YoungBoy, his brother, Rodrick "OG 3Three" Jeanpierre, and their close friend, Kyle "Montana" Claiborne.[3] YoungBoy's aim was to guide his friends into the music industry and give upcoming artists a platform to share their music. Never Broke Again's music would originally be distributed through UnitedMasters, however, on September 8, 2021, it was announced, that Never Broke Again would sign a global joint venture deal with Motown who would distribute their music and release compilation albums under the joint venture.[76] Despite YoungBoy being a co-founder and the face of the label, it's run by Kyle "Montana" Clairborne.[76] When asked about the inspiration behind the label, YoungBoy noted, "I felt like I had a responsibility to my artists to make sure to find the right partner for my label. I'm looking forward working with Ethiopia, Kenoe and Motown Records."[76]

The label has been home to several artists such as YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Quando Rondo, and NoCap, as well as record producers and engineers such as Jason "Cheese" Goldberg and Khris James.

Amp talk show

On December 8, 2022, it was announced through the Never Broke Again Instagram that YoungBoy would ink a deal with Amazon's Amp.[185][186][187][188][189] Following the announcement of the partnership, each Friday YoungBoy would host the radio show at 8 PM Central Time. Each episode would feature popular guests and celebrities such as Blueface, Rich the Kid, and Ja Morant; YoungBoy would interview his guests following their arrival. Despite Ja being announced as an official guest, the show was canceled on the same night and stopped airing since.[190][191]

Personal life

At 23 years old, Gaulden was the father of eleven children with nine different women.[192][193][194][195][196] Two of his sons, Kayden and Kacey, appeared in the video for his single, "Kacey Talk".[42]

In a 2017 profile for The Fader, Gaulden named Kamron as one of his sons. Kamron was born in July 2016 to Starr Thigpen just weeks after Kayden.[197] However, a DNA test later confirmed that he was not the biological father.[198]

On January 7, 2023, Gaulden married his long-time girlfriend and the mother of two of his children, Jazlyn Mychelle Hayes.[199][200][201]

Since his move to Utah, Gaulden has been visited by missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he has stated his intention to be baptized into the church once his ankle monitor is removed.[15]


Awards and nominations

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards 2021 "Bandit" (with Juice WRLD)
(only on behalf of Gaulden himself)
Winning Rap Songs Won [202]
BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 "I Am Who They Say I Am" (with Kevin Gates and Quando Rondo) Best Impact Track Nominated [203]
2022 Birdman & YoungBoy Never Broke Again Best Duo/Group Nominated [204]
DaBaby & YoungBoy Never Broke Again
BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards 2021 "Bandit" (with Juice WRLD)
(only on behalf of Juice WRLD (posthumously) and Nick Mira)
Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Won [205]
Grammy Awards 2022 "WusYaName" (with Tyler, the Creator and Ty Dolla Sign) Best Melodic Rap Performance Nominated [206]
XXL Awards 2023 Himself The People's Champ Won [207]

See also

List of highest-certified music artists in the United States


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