Billboard recently conducted an in-depth interview with NBA YoungBoy, one of the biggest names in hip-hop today. The video, which was shared on their YouTube channel, provided a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of the Louisiana-born rapper, who has been making waves with his unique style and powerful lyrics.
The video starts with YoungBoy sharing his thoughts on life and his journey so far. “I do want to feel positive about myself one day, like, all right you did it,” he says. “Nothing’s wrong with you. It’s okay to walk this earth. You’re not a bad person, you’re not someone who’s f**king it up. I’m just curious about the man I’m gonna become.” He goes on to say that music is his therapy, a way for him to express himself. “I think I grew out of liking music, like the love for it, it’s like therapy. It’s the way I express myself.”
Despite his success, YoungBoy is acutely aware of the impact that his music has on his listeners. “I was flooded with millions of dollars from the time I was 16 all the way to this point in my life and I woke up one morning, I was like damn they got me, man, look at the sh** I spoke about, look at the sh** I put in these people’s ears. I feel very wrong about a lot of things. How many lives I actually am responsible for when it comes to my music? How many kids and people have gotten in the car and put this sh** in their ears and actually hurt someone and now I’m sitting back like damn.” He acknowledges that he can’t change everything overnight, but promises to do his best to make amends for his past mistakes.
YoungBoy’s accountant, Quintina Rick, was also interviewed during the video. She spoke about the role she plays in YoungBoy’s life, both professionally and personally. “I can feel when he needs me to be that and so that accounting hat I take it off when he needs to me to be human. When he needs somebody to talk to, whatever he needs me to be. That’s what I am for him.”
The video also provided an emotional moment when YoungBoy spoke about his late grandmother. “Well my grandmother, she was everything,” he says while touching a picture of her. “She was my protection, my comfort, this is my angel, my protection. So when she died, I felt like there was a very big difference inside me and everything”
YoungBoy’s CEO, Kyle “Montana” Claiborne, was also present during the interview and he had nothing but praise for his artist. “He got a big heart, he loves people. Like, he love you, he love you. You know what I mean,” he says.
Producer Kris “XO” James spoke about his relationship with Youngboy, which began as a professional collaboration but quickly evolved into a brotherly bond. “One of his good friends brought him over to me and after one session he was like man, he doesn’t really mess with nobody but he likes you. I don’t know what it is, so it was just kind of natural. So it just kept around and kept going so I consider him a brother.”
YoungBoy’s rise to fame started in 2015 with the release of his debut mixtape “Life Before Fame”. Since then, he has released many mixtapes and albums, with his music and videos being streamed over 60 billion times. He has become one of the most popular artists in the rap industry and his influence on popular culture is undeniable.
Despite his success, YoungBoy has faced several legal issues, including a weapon charge that has kept him under house arrest since October 2021. Despite this, he remains optimistic and is determined to make the most of his situation. “I’m not famous, I don’t think about it. I just have a lot of people that know me, I guess. I’m terrified of people. I am very scared of people and I’m terrified of people and I’m very shy, but I never knew why. Once I walk on the stage I could get it done and leave, but I’m terrified of people, people are cruel,” he said in the interview.
YoungBoy’s music has inspired countless fans and his influence on the rap industry is undeniable. Vice President of A&R Motown, Kenoe Jordan, spoke about YoungBoy’s work ethic and the impact he is having on the music industry. “I always knew what he was doing and what he had going on and his music and his buzz and I was impressed with what he achieved than from where he was from and I mean he is one of the hardest working people in the music business. I think his legacy would be himself, he’s not going to be compared to anybody, he’s setting the tone and standing out by his work ethic,” Jordan stated.
Recently, YoungBoy and Jazlyn Mychelle tied the knot and became husband and wife. Fans of the rapper were thrilled to see him happily married to his long-time girlfriend.
Despite his success, YoungBoy remains humble and grateful for his blessings. He is surrounded by a supportive team. The recent interview with Billboard showcases the raw, genuine, and vulnerable side of the rapper. The Baton Rouge native spoke candidly about his thoughts and feelings, sharing his personal struggles, and challenges.
At the end of the interview, NBA YoungBoy shared his thoughts about his career as a rapper and his commitment to the music industry. “I always wanted to be a rapper, it was my dream and my only plan. I never had a backup option. This is what I dedicated my life to becoming, and there will never be another YoungBoy. I will not let anything break me or make me go back to where I used to be. I’m moving forward and only getting better with time. I have a lot to do, and I’m ready to face it head-on,” said the rapper. These inspiring words showcase YoungBoy’s determination and drive, and it’s evident that he will continue to make waves in the music industry.
Despite his challenges, he remains resilient and is determined to only grow and get more groovy. In the end, NBA YoungBoy’s message is clear: he’s here to stay, and he’s not going back. He’s a rising star in the music industry, and his fans and supporters can only expect more from him as he continues to make his mark.
Watch The Full Billboard Interview With NBA YoungBoy
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