Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again (and, formerly, NBA YoungBoy), is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He gained widespread attention after the release of his mixtape, 38 Baby in October 2016. His most recent mixtape, AI YoungBoy, was released in August 2017.
Gaulden was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was raised largely by his grandmother. He dropped out of 9th grade to begin his rapping career and, soon after, was arrested for robbery and sent to a detention center in Tallulah, Louisiana. While there, Gaulden began writing lyrics for his debut project.
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 released his first mixtape, Life Before Fame, as NBA YoungBoy in 2015. A string of other mixtapes followed including Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2, and Mind of a Menace 3. His October 2016 mixtape, 38 Baby, received widespread attention after its release. The mixtape featured fellow Baton Rouge natives, Boosie Badazz and Kevin Gates.
In November 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, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Boosie Badazz, and Yo Gotti. On August 3, 2017, he released his mixtape, AI YoungBoy, which has features from Peewee Longway and Yo Gotti. The single, "Untouchable", peaked at number 39 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Also in August 2017, YoungBoy announced the AI YoungBoy tour.