NBA YoungBoy was born Kentrell DeSean Gaulden on October 20, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. NBA YoungBoy was primarily raised by his grandmother, who he has said was very strict with him. He began rapping at the age of 11 and started posting his music on YouTube when he was 14. In 2015, he released his first mixtape, Life Before Fame. The following year, he signed with Atlantic Records and released his debut EP, 38 Baby.
NBA YoungBoy’s upbringing was marked by violence and poverty. Despite all of the trauma he experienced growing up, NBA YoungBoy has said that music always helped him to cope. In an interview with XXL magazine, he said, “My grandmother used to tell me that music saved her life…I look at music like it saved my life.”
He first gained attention in 2014 when he went viral on social media. Since then, he has released several mixtapes and singles, many of which have been well-received by fans and critics alike. In 2017, he released his mixtape, “Ain’t Too Long,” which reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. NBA Youngboy is widely considered to be one of the most promising young rappers in the industry today, and his music has resonated with fans all over the world.
His music is a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and trap, with lyrics that often deal with violence, street life, and drug use. Youngboy’s musical style has been compared to that of fellow Baton Rouge rapper Boosie Badazz, as well as to other Southern hip-hop artists such as Lil Wayne and Juvenile.
Youngboy’s mixtape Life Before Fame was released in 2015. Since then, he has released several more mixtapes and albums, including the 2017 album Untouchable. NBA Youngboy has collaborated with several other artists, including Kevin Gates and Lil Uzi Vert. He has also been featured on songs by Snoop Dogg and Quavo.
Since bursting onto the rap scene NBA Youngboy has been no stranger to controversy. From his involvement in a fatal shooting to his tumultuous relationship with 39-year-old Jania Jackson, Youngboy has frequently made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Most recently, he was arrested after reportedly fleeing from LAPD officers after an attempted traffic stop on an outstanding warrant.