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NBA YoungBoy Biography
Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again (also known as NBA YoungBoy or simply YoungBoy), is an American rapper.
Between 2015 and 2017, he released six independent mixtapes and steadily garnered a cult following through his work. In late 2017, Gaulden was signed to Atlantic Records.
In January 2018, he released the single “Outside Today”, which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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.
Early Life and Education
Kentrell 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.
Gaulden was raised mainly by his maternal grandmother due to his father being sentenced to 55 years in prison.
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.
After he was released, Gaulden’s grandmother died of heart failure and he moved in with his friend and fellow Baton Rouge rapper, NBA 3Three (also known as OG 3Three). The two then used acts of criminality to begin to pay for studio time.
Gaulden first began producing music with a microphone he bought from Walmart when he was fourteen years old.
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 which featured fellow Baton Rouge natives, Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, and fellow rappers Stroke Tha Don and NBA 3Three.
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.
In November 2016, Gaulden was arrested in Austin, Texas on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting.
While in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, 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. A week after leaving prison, Gaulden released the single, “Untouchable”.
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.
On August 3, 2017, he released his mixtape, AI YoungBoy which charted at 24 on the Billboard 200. The single, “Untouchable”, peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The second single from the project, “No Smoke”, peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Gaulden released the single “Outside Today” on January 6, 2018. The song became Gaulden’s highest charting song, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.
He announced his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name on January 11, shortly after signing a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records.
The album was released on April 27, 2018. Despite being arrested in February 2018, Gaulden promised a new mixtape.
Gaulden was released from jail on March 15, and his next mixtape Master The Day Of Judgement was released on May 19, 2018.
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.
On September 7, Gaulden released his mixtape Decided, featuring a sole guest appearance from Trippie Redd.
On December 20, Gaulden released another mixtape, Realer, featuring guest appearances from Lil Baby and Plies.
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.
This was mainly due in part to his consistency of releasing music regularly and exclusively on YouTube.
He was also the 9th 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 dropping a project in the first six months of 2019.
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.
On September 25, 2019, Gaulden released the “aptly titled” single “House Arrest Tingz”.
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.
The mixtape is a sequel to his 2017 breakout AI Youngboy and features 18 songs, including the previously released song “Slime Mentality”.
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.
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.
On April 24, 2020, Gaulden released his mixtape 38 Baby 2, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200.
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.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and became his third number-one album in under one year.
On November 11, 2020, Gaulden released his fourth solo project of 2020, the mixtape Until I Return.
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.
On November 20, 2020, Gaulden released a collaborative project with Rich the Kid, titled Nobody Safe.
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.
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.
Gaulden released another mixtape, titled Colors, on January 21, 2022. 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.
On April 1, 2022, YoungBoy Never Broke Again released the Last Slimeto Sampler 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 dollar 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.
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.
On September 4, 2022, YoungBoy released the YouTube exclusive single “Purge Me”.
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.
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.
- Until Death Call My Name (2018)
- Top (2020)
- Sincerely, Kentrell (2021)
- The Last Slimeto (2022)
At 22 years old, Gaulden is the father of ten children with eight different women. Two of his sons, Kayden and Kacey, appeared in the video for his single, “Kacey Talk”.
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. However, a DNA test later confirmed that he was not the biological father.
NBA YoungBoy Net Worth
NBA YoungBoy is an American rapper. He has an estimated net worth of $900,000.
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