American rapper Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, best known by his stage name NBA YoungBoy, initially gained widespread attention in 2016 as one of the genre’s rising talents. Gaulden, a talent from an early age, began his musical career as a rapper and record producer. At the tender age of 16, he released his first album in 2015, drawing inspiration from local musicians. After that, he released the Mind of a Menace trilogy. He was jailed on accusations of first-degree attempted murder just as his career was about to take off, throwing his life into disarray. NBA YoungBoy, however, did not take things slowly and instead dove headfirst into his music career. The publication of his successful songs while he was in jail ultimately overrode the doubts about the trajectory of his promising career. The success of Win or Lose pushed him to fame in a hurry. A few of his subsequent tracks that landed on the Billboard Hot 100 were Untouchables, No Smoke, and Outside Today.
NBA YOUNGBOY Early Life
NBA YoungBoy, an incredible American rapper, has been making music since he was only fourteen years old. He debuted as NBA YoungBoy with the 2014 mixtape Life Before Fame. A series of mixtapes, including Mind of a Menace 2, and Mind of a Menace 3, followed. In 2016, NBA YoungBoy burst out into the public eye thanks to his viral mixtape 38 Baby, which was seen millions of times on YouTube. After that, he engaged in a song-for-song rap fight with another rapper from Baton Rouge, Scotty Cain. There was a lot of buzz about the song because of the death threats in it.
NBA YoungBoy’s personal life hit rock bottom when he was jailed in Austin, Texas for first-degree murder just as his musical career was taking off. There was a string of successes for YoungBoy while he was behind bars, including Win or Lose, Don’t Matter, and Too Much. The success of Win or Lose propelled YoungBoy to prominence.
YoungBoy’s incarceration ended in May of this year (2017). He dropped the smash hit single Untouchable the next week. The highest position the song reached on the Billboard Hot 100 was #95. Then he released a music video for the song “41.” Upon its first release in August of 2017, NBA YoungBoy’s AI YoungBoy mixtape peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 200. No Smoke’s track did quite well on the charts, reaching #61 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2018, YoungBoy’s career skyrocketed as his tune Outside Today reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his highest-charting song to date. Until Death Call My Name, NBA YoungBoy’s first studio album was released in April of 2018. His 2019 mixtape, AI YoungBoy 2, arrived at number one on the US Billboard 200. Still Flexin’, Still Steppin’, his second mixtape peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200 in 2020. It was also in this year that his second studio album, Top, was released. Sincerely, Kentrell was his third studio album and was released in 2021 while he was still behind bars. After serving his time, he was freed from jail in October 2021, and on January 21, 2022, he dropped his mixtape Colors.
NBA YOUNGBOY Personal Life
Gaulden is the father of 10 children, having fathered them with eight different women before the age of 23. The music video for his track “Kacey Talk” included appearances from two of his boys, namely Kayden and Kacey.
Kamron was identified as one of Gaulden’s kids in a profile that was published in 2017 for The Fader. Starr Thigpen had her second child, a son named Kamron, in July of 2016, only a few weeks after Kayden. In spite of this, a subsequent DNA test revealed that he was not the child’s biological father.
NBA YOUNGBOY Legal Issues
Robbery charge and juvenile imprisonment in 2014
Gaulden was taken into custody in late 2014 on charges of robbery and sent to a facility in Tallulah, Louisiana. After serving for a period of six months, he was released.
An attempt at Murder, 2016-2017
Before his performance in Austin, Texas on November 28, 2016, U.S. Marshals arrested Gaulden on charges that he had jumped out of a car and opened fire on a crowd of pedestrians in South Baton Rouge. For two separate attempted murder charges, Gaulden was arrested. After his arrest in May 2016, Gaulden remained in prison until May 2017. About his time behind bars, he remarked “I doubt they intentionally go for anybody, but if you’re famous enough, they’ll recognise your face and track you down if you’re involved in any illegal activity. As the saying goes, that’s the way things are.” He had been charged with two charges of attempted first-degree murder but pled guilty to aggravated assault with a handgun. He was given a 10-year jail term with three years of active probation and a suspended 10-year prison term on August 22, 2017.
Abductions, violent assaults, and other crimes in 2018
On February 25, 2018, Gaulden was detained before a show at Tallahassee’s The Moon nightclub. Georgia had issued an arrest warrant for Gaulden, who was wanted for assault, firearms crimes, and abduction. Shortly after Gaulden’s arrest, security video from the hotel where he was staying surfaced, showing him violently attacking his ex-girlfriend. He posted bail in the amount of $75,000 and was granted release from prison on March 15, 2018.
Claim for assault and violence in the year 2019
A man claiming to be rapper’s bodyguard, tour manager, and/or DJ sues Gaulden, Tyquian “Quando Rondo” Bowman, and Never Broke Again on March 12, 2019, for assault, battery, and mental distress. According to the complaint, an altercation broke out between the two artists on December 21, 2018, during their performance in Florence, South Carolina, because of an annoying fan. The claimant alleges that he was attacked by Gaulden and Bowman after being led backstage by the venue’s management, the owners of the event venue, and the performance organisers. A witness who says he was accosted by Bowman and Gaulden says that Bowman (albeit unprovoked) started it by trying to get him back onstage to quell the crowd frenzy so that his team could leave safely, and that when he refused, Bowman and Gaulden attacked him as he attempted to explain himself. The victim suffered “a shattered tooth, bloodied face, and harm to his reputation” as a consequence. Gaulden’s lawyer claimed to be unaware of the occurrence but promised to investigate the case’s resolution.
The 2019 Miami shooting, probation violation, and home detention
On May 12, 2019, while Gaulden was on probation, he was engaged in a shooting in Miami. The gunman, who was in a black Cadillac Escalade, had opened fire on Gaulden’s girlfriend and a bystander, hurting the former and murdering the latter. In spite of the fact that the charges against Gaulden for the shooting itself were dropped, he was found to have been in the company of Ben Fields and Trulondrick “Boomer” Norman, which was a violation of a special condition of his probation; for this violation, the judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail, barred him from performing for the next 14 months, and placed him under house arrest with electronic monitoring for the remainder of his probation.
Termination and Renewal of Probation in 2019-2020
The judge who oversaw Gaulden’s probation for two counts of attempted murder ended it formally on December 13, 2019. It was renewed, however, when he pled guilty to simple assault in the case involving his ex-girlfriend and was given a year of probation five days later.
Gun and drug charges filed in 2020; arrest made in Baton Rouge
Sixteen persons, including Gaulden, were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 28, 2020, for different crimes, such as drug distribution, drug production, and possession of stolen guns. “There was no evidence that he had any firearms or narcotics on him at the time of the arrest,” his attorney said, denying his client’s culpability. After hearing the news of his detention, Gaulden promptly removed himself from all social media.
Federal Gun Charge for 2021-22
On March 22, 2021, federal authorities in Los Angeles arrested Gaulden on a federal warrant from his arrest in September 2020 in Baton Rouge. When police tried to pull over a car with Gaulden in it and serve the warrant, Gaulden jumped out and ran away. Gaulden was located during a K9-aided search, and he was subsequently arrested on federal weapons charges. He posted $1.5 million bail and was freed from prison on October 26, 2021.
There being insufficient evidence to connect Gaulden with the purposeful possession of the guns recovered, a jury in California ruled him not guilty of federal firearms charges on July 15, 2022.
NBA YOUNGBOY Details
|Name||YoungBoy Never Broke Again|
|Date Of Birth (Age)||October 20, 1999 (Libra)|
|Net Worth||$6 million|
|Birth Place||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Also Known As||Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, YoungBoy Never Broke Again|
|Height||5’8″ (173 cm), 5’8″ Males|
|Genre||Hip hopsouthern hip hopgangsta raptrap|
|Children||Mychelle has nine children, including 1-year-old Alice.|
NBA YOUNGBOY Awards and Nominations
|Award||Year||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Category||Result|
|ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards||2021||“Bandit” (with Juice WRLD)
(only on behalf of Gaulden himself)
|Winning Rap Songs||Won|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||2019||“I Am Who They Say I Am” (with Kevin Gates and Quando Rondo)||Best Impact Track||Nominated|
|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|
|Grammy Awards||2022||“WusYaName” (with Tyler, the Creator and Ty Dolla Sign)||Best Melodic Rap Performance||Nominated|
|BET Hip Hop Awards||
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