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YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Gaulden in 2018
Gaulden in 2018
Background information
Birth nameKentrell DeSean Gaulden
Also known as
  • NBA YoungBoy
  • Lil Top
  • YoungBoy
  • YB
Born (1999-10-20) October 20, 1999 (age 20)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again[1][2] (also known as NBA YoungBoy[a] or simply YoungBoy), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Between 2015 and 2017, Gaulden released eight independent mixtapes, locally and online, and steadily garnered a cult following through his work. In late 2017, Gaulden was signed to Atlantic Records, and distributed two additional mixtapes before releasing his highest charting solo single, "Outside Today" in January 2018, which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] The song was the lead single for his debut studio album Until Death Call My Name, released in April of that year. His follow up singles include "Valuable Pain", "Slime Belief" and "Genie".

In 2019, he released AI YoungBoy 2, which became his first chart-topper, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2019[4], and includes the singles "Self Control", "Slime Mentality" and "Make No Sense". Gaulden also worked with fellow rapper Juice WRLD on "Bandit", which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 to become his highest-charting single and his first top ten song. [5]

Early life

Kentrell Gaulden was born on October 20, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gaulden 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.[6] Gaulden was raised mainly by his maternal grandmother due to his father being sentenced to 55 years in prison.[6] He dropped out of ninth grade and told his mom he wanted to focus on his music career and was soon arrested[when?] for robbery and sent to a detention center in Tallulah, Louisiana. While there, he began writing lyrics for his debut project.[1]

After he was released from the detention center, Gaulden's grandmother died of heart failure and Gaulden 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.[6]


2016–2017: Beginnings and A.I. YoungBoy

Gaulden first began producing music with a microphone he bought from Walmart when he was fourteen years old.[6] 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][7] which featured fellow Baton Rouge natives, Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, and fellow rappers Stroke Tha Don and NBA 3Three.[8] A week later, Gaulden released another mixtape titled Mind of a Menace 3 on November 4, 2016. Gaulden 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.[7][8]

In December 2016, Gaulden was arrested in Austin, Texas on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting.[7][9] While in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana,[7] Gaulden released two mixtapes Before I Go: Reloaded and Mind of a Menace 3: Reloaded including "Win or Lose",[10] "Don't Matter",[11] and "Too Much".[12] Gaulden was released from prison in May 2017 after taking a plea deal and posting bail.[13] A week after leaving prison, Gaulden released the single, "Untouchable".[14]

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.[15] On August 3, 2017, he released his mixtape, A.I. YoungBoy which charted at 24 on the Billboard 200.[16][17] The single, "Untouchable", peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[18] The second single from AI Gaulden, "No Smoke" peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] Also in August 2017, Gaulden announced the A.I. YoungBoy tour.[20]

2018: Until Death Call My Name

Gaulden announced his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name in January 2018, shortly after signing a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records.[21] The album was released on April 27, 2018.[22] He released the single "Outside Today" on January 6, 2018.[23] The song became Gaulden's highest charting song, peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[19] Despite being arrested in February 2018, Gaulden promised a new mixtape.[24] Gaulden was released from prison on March 15, and his next mixtape Master The Day Of Judgement was released on May 19, 2018.[25] 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 September 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.[26] Gaulden 12th mixtape Decided was released on September 7, 2018, with a sole guest appearance from Trippie Redd and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200.[27] On December 20, Gaulden released another mixtape, Realer featuring guest appearances from Lil Baby and Plies.[28]

2019–present: YouTube Charts and A.I YoungBoy 2

Gaulden Never Broke Again performing in early 2019

As of January 2019, Gaulden has been on YouTube's Top Music Artists list in the United States for the previous 101 weeks, making him the most-watched musician across all genres.[29] This has been 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 is seventh in the top ten artists ranked by on-demand audio streams without dropping a project in the first six months of 2019.[29]

Gaulden is currently serving a 14-month-long house arrest sentence, following a probation violation earlier this year. Therefore, he's unable to record music from anywhere besides his house.[30] On September 25, 2019, Gaulden released the "aptly titled" single "House Arrest Tingz".[31]

On October 10, 2019, Gaulden released his mixtape AI YoungBoy 2, marking his first full length project since 2018's Realer.[30] The mixtape is a sequel to his 2017 breakout AI Youngboy and features 18 songs, including the previously released song "Slime Mentality".[30] 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.[4]

Legal issues

In November 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.[32][33] Gaulden was in jail from December 2016 to August 2017 for attempted first degree murder.[34] 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."[35] Facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a firearm. On August 23, 2017, he was sentenced to a suspended 10-year prison term and three years of active probation.[33]

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.[36] Hotel surveillance footage leaked shortly following his arrest showing Gaulden assaulting someone.[37] On March 15, 2018, he was released from prison on $75,000 bail.[38]

Gaulden was out on probation due to a shooting that happened in Miami that involved him and his girlfriend, killing an innocent man, which violated his probation and was incarcerated for three months.[39] He was required to do probation for 14 months.[40] On December 13, 2019, the judge officially terminated Gaulden's probation for two counts of attempted murder.[41]. He is currently[when?] living in Los Angeles, and is on a plea deal for the case that he has against his ex-girlfriend Jania.[42]

Personal life

Gaulden has four sons with three mothers. The children are named Kayden, Kamron, Taylin and Kamiri.[6]

In June 2018, he stated "Baby K" is not biologically his son.[43]


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2019 BET Hip Hop Awards[44] Best Impact Track "I Am Who They Say I Am" (with Kevin Gates and Quando Rondo) Nominated


  1. ^ This is how he is most frequently referred to.


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