The rapper suffered from a broken neck when he was four years old because he was wrestling too roughly. Currently, he has three scars on his head as a result of the halo brace which he had to use to support his neck.
NBA Youngboy dropped out of school when he was in the ninth grade and was raised by his grandmother. After leaving school, Kentrell Gaulden went to juvenile detention for having robbed a bank. His time in juvy was when he first began writing song and in 2015, he released his first mixtape which is called Life Before Fame.
Growing up, NBA Youngboy listened to Lil Phat for the simple reason of liking his music. His ultimate goal is to make money and to gain fame through his music; in fact, he claims that his favourite song is Gravity.
Until recently, NBA Youngboy managed to stay out of the public eye. He was arrested this year, 2016, in Texas when he was about to perform a concert. He’s being charged for two counts of second-degree murder and he has been active on social media during this time, thanking his friends for support during this difficult time in his life. The charges stem from the accusation of his being involved in a drive-by shooting in Baton Rouge.
In Life, NBA Youngboy raps about his friend Lil Dave, who taught valuable lessons in life. He goes on to thank Lil Dave and his own grandmother for everything they did for them. NBA Youngboy tells the listener about how his parents weren’t there and his grandmother was the one who found a way to get him everything he needed so when he feels down, he remembers to keep his head high.
His music is a combination of melodic beats, which have have a touch of bass from effects within his music videos, and catchy lyrics. In his song Life, he expresses pride for how far he’s come thus far. This is shown in his lyric, “Look what I accomplished, I know you see me shining, yeah”.
Despite the trouble he’s come into recently, Youngboy NeverBrokeAgain has accomplished a great deal for his young age and his lyrics speak depth beyond his age.
NBA YoungBoy - 38 Baby (Music Video)