YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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

Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again or simply NBA YoungBoy, is an American rapper. He is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Career[change | change source]

After releasing six independent mixtapes between 2015 and 2017, Gaulden was signed to Atlantic Records.

His January 2018 single "Outside Today" went to number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] His first studio album Until Death Call My Name (2018) went to number 7 on the US Billboard 200. In October 2019, Gaulden released the single "Bandit" with Juice Wrld. It became his first top-ten single.[2]

His 2019 mixtape AI YoungBoy 2 entered the Billboard 200 at number one. His April 2020 mixtape 38 Baby 2 became his second chart-topping project to top the Billboard 200. Gaulden's second studio album Top (2020) followed as his third chart-topping project in less than a year.[3]

In September 2021, Sincerely, Kentrell was released during his incarceration. It topped the charts again. It made him the third artist to have an album at the top of the charts while incarcerated (after rappers 2Pac and Lil Wayne).[4][5]  In August 2022, he released his fourth studio album, The Last Slimeto. It marked Gaulden's final studio album with Atlantic Records.[6]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

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 [7]
BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 "I Am Who They Say I Am" (with Kevin Gates and Quando Rondo) Best Impact Track Nominated [8]
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 [9]
Grammy Awards 2022 "WusYaName" (with Tyler, the Creator and Ty Dolla Sign) Best Melodic Rap Performance Nominated [10]
BET Hip Hop Awards 2022 Birdman & YoungBoy Never Broke Again Best Duo/Group Nominated [11]
DaBaby & YoungBoy Never Broke Again


References[change | change source]

  1. "YoungBoy Never Broke Again – Chart history (Billboard Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  2. "YoungBoy Never Broke Again Chart History". Billboard.
  3. "YoungBoy Never Broke Again Achieves Third No. 1 Album in Less Than a Year on the Billboard 200 Chart With 'Top'". Billboard. September 20, 2020.
  4. "YoungBoy Never Broke Again Earns Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Sincerely, Kentrell'". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  5. Harris, Christopher (2021-10-04). "YoungBoy Never Broke Again's 'Sincerely, Kentrell' takes Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy' No. 1 spot on Billboard 200". REVOLT. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  6. "NBA YoungBoy Signs New Deal With Motown Records". HYPEBEAST. 2022-10-25. Retrieved 2022-10-29.
  7. "2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  8. "Nominees Revealed for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards | BET | 2019 Hip Hop Awards | Hip Hop Awards". BET. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  9. "2021 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards".
  10. "2022 GRAMMYs Awards Show: Complete Nominations List". November 23, 2021.
  11. "KANYE WEST, DRAKE & KENDRICK LAMAR LEAD 2022 BET HIP HOP AWARDS NOMINATIONS". HipHopDX. 2022-09-12. Retrieved 2022-09-12.