|YoungBoy Never Broke Again|
YoungBoy in 2017
|Kentrell DeSean Gaulden|
October 20, 1999|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Rapper, singer, songwriter|
Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (born October 20, 1999), known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again (formely NBA YoungBoy and simply YoungBoy), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his song "Outside Today" which has peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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 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 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, Gaulden began writing lyrics for his debut project.
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, 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, as NBA YoungBoy in 2014. A string of other mixtapes followed including Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2, and Mind of a Menace 3. Gaulden attracted attention with his October 2016 mixtape, 38 Baby which featured fellow Baton Rouge natives, Lil Snupe, lo Boosie Badazz and Kevin Gates. 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 December 2016, YoungBoy 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, YoungBoy released several songs, including "Win or Lose", "Don't Matter", and "Too Much". YoungBoy was released from prison in May 2017 after taking a plea deal and posting bail. A week after leaving prison, YoungBoy released the single, "Untouchable".
In July 2017, YoungBoy 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 AI YoungBoy, "No Smoke" peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also in August 2017, YoungBoy announced the AI YoungBoy tour.
Gaulden announced his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name in January 2018. The album was released on April 27, 2018. 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. Despite being arrested in February 2018, Gaulden promised a new mixtape.
In November 2016, U.S. Marshals arrested Gaulden before a concert in Austin, Texas, accusing Gaulden 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. Gaulden was in jail from December 2016 to August 2017 for attempted first degree murder. Speaking on his incarceration, Gaulden 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." On August 23, 2017, a Baton Rouge judge sentenced Gaulden to a suspended 10-year prison term and three years of active probation for his involvement in a drive-by shooting.
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. Hotel surveillance footage leaked shortly following his arrest showing Gaulden assaulting his then-girlfriend Jania.
On March 15, 2018, Gaulden was released from prison on $75,000 bail.
Gaulden has three sons with three mothers. The children are named Kayden, Taylin and Kamiri.