|Kentrell DeSean Gaulden
|October 20, 1999
NBA YoungBoy is an American rapper. He earned his first million at the age of 18 years old. His first track was Homicide released in 2015. Recently, he dropped the term NBA from his name due to avoid issues with the National Basketball Association. The term NBA stands for “Never Broken Again”.
Born Kentrell Gaulden in 1999 in Baton, Louisiana, he gets a million views on his YouTube channel.
In 2019, YoungBoy was a more popular musician on YouTube than Taylor Swift. But things were not as smooth forever.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1999, he didn’t release his first album since 2018. But he released mixtapes and singles that made him popular and famous.
He broke his neck while wrestling a toddler when he was a little kid. The injury resulted in a head brace until his spine healed. You can still see the scars on his forehead.
His father got a 55-year sentence in prison when he was little. So his grandmother raised him. YoungBoy dropped out of ninth grade. He told his mother he wanted to focus on his music career.
At the time, he got arrested for robbery. They sent him to a detention center in Tallulah, Louisiana. It was there he wrote the lyrics for his debut project. His grandmother died of heart failure after he got out of the detention center.
In exploring the remarkable career and financial ascent of NBA YoungBoy, it’s essential to recognize the foundational role his family, particularly his brother, plays in his journey. The bond between NBA YoungBoy and his brother, Ken Gaulden, not only underscores the familial ties within the hip-hop community but also highlights the mutual influences they share on their respective musical paths.
He started using a microphone when he was just 14 years old. In 2014, he released his first mixtape titled Life Before Fame.
After that, he released other mixtapes including Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2, and of course 3. His first big mixtape was 38 Baby. He released it in October 2016. The music video for 38 baby featured YoungBoy and gangster friends waving with guns and driving expensive cars. The video reached 3 million views on YouTube.
In 2016, the police arrested him in Texas due to suspected attempt to murder. During his time in prison, he released songs like Win or Lose, Don’t Matter, and Too Much. In May 2017, he got a plea deal and got out of prison. After getting out, he released the single Untouchable.
In July 2017, he released the video for the song 41. The video features cameo appearances by Young Thug, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, and other music artists. His mixtape AI YoungBoY ranked 24 in the Billboard 200.
He announced his debut studio album in January 2018. Titled Until Death Call My Name, YoungBoy released the album in April 2018. His single Outside Today is the highest-charting single by YoungBoy. It peaked at 31 positions in the Billboard Hot 100.
YoungBoy got into another legal problem in February 2018. He went to jail but promised his fans to release a new mixtape. He got released the same month. After that, he focused more on family and music.
Here are the highest-grossing songs by NBA YoungBoy:
- Outside Today peaked at #1
- Overdose peaked at #42
- Diamond Teeth Samurai peaked at #59
- No Smoke peaked at #61
- NBA Young Boat peaked at #63
As we said before, NBA YoungBoy got into legal problems often. In 2017 he got arrested before a concert in Texas. He got arrested again for attempted first-degree murder.
YoungBoy claimed the police torched him. He said he got a finger fracture due to the beatings.
Some say YoungBoy is a playboy who plays with girls. He makes them pregnant and then leaves them. His explanation is that girls hated him before he got famous. And that once he was a famous rapper, everything changed.
He dumped his last girlfriend after getting her pregnant. He didn’t marry her. Later on, he abused her on Instagram Live.