YoungBoy Never Broke Again says he regrets the kind of music and lyrics he used to make because he now understands the power he has over people.
The artist was interviewed by Billboard, which listed him as one of the top 100 people in the world. In the interview, YoungBoy opens up, more vulnerable than ever, as he reflects on his early years of fame and wealth, and how he now feels the music he makes isn’t the legacy he wants to leave behind.
In the video, NBA YoungBoy speaks from his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he has been under house arrest since 2021. He talks about reflecting on how he became famous at 16, and how in hindsight his lyrics made him regret not being more responsible.
“I do want to feel positive about myself, though. One day it’s like ‘you did it’. There’s nothing wrong with you. You can walk this earth, you’re not a bad person, you’re not a screw up. I’m just curious [about] “Kentrell,” said the rapper.
“I think I started off liking music, like a love of it, but it was like therapy, it was the only way I could express myself, when I was sitting behind the mic and letting things come out of my mouth When it comes out, I feel a sense of relief,” he said of loving the music.
NBA YoungBoy has also stated that he is not proud of his past music, which has morphed into real-life violence and violence, and has evoke a sort of rabid fanbase that he now feels responsible for.
“I’ve been flooded with millions of dollars since I was 16, up to this point in my life, I wake up one morning and I’m like goddamn! They got me, man, like I said Look at the shit I put in these people’s ears. Man, I feel so wrong with so many things, how many lives am I actually responsible for as far as my music is concerned? How many kids and people Caught by me, or stuffing this shit in their ears, or actually hurting someone?” he asked rhetorically.
NBA YoungBoy is the second most played rap artist of 2022, behind only Drake. Now 23, husband and father of 10, he has vowed to do better in the future.
“I’m sitting in the back right now like I can’t get everything done in one day, but I promise to clean up everything I can, but it’s going to take time,” he said.
The rapper is also changing his personal life, not just in music, as he shared with Billboard that he plans to ditch all the cars in his garage and replace them with vintage vehicles. He also shared a light-hearted moment when he told Billboard, laughing, that the woman speaking backstage was his accountant who made sure he was managing “the money I’m blessed to have.”
Accountant Quintina Ricks also doubles as his business manager, as she shared that she supports him in any way the artist needs.
The NBA YoungBoy also spoke about how losing his grandmother affected him, leaving him feeling “empty.”
Still, the recluse and out-of-the-box rapper seemed at ease playing in the snow with his friend and producer Kris’ XO’ James, and he shared how they met and now is “brother”
“I’m scared of people. I’m scared of people. Like my kids, I’m scared of people, and I’m very shy,” he said, noting that despite being a social recluse, he still manages to appear on stage and contribute to his Fan show.
“People are cruel. It’s like we can’t control ourselves, so you never know what someone is going to do to you,” he added.
YoungBoy’s label, Never Broke Again LLC, recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Motown Records as he becomes fully independent following the conclusion of his label deal with Atlantic Records. His A&R Kenoe Jordan said the rapper’s success has been impressive and he is one of the hardest working people in music.
As for NBA YoungBoy, his first and only goal in life is to be a rapper, but he doesn’t want to be on top forever, as the video cuts to a scene of him standing with his wife, Jazlyn Mychelle, and their baby girl in the in their kitchen.
“There will never be another YoungBoy. I won’t get pissed off, I won’t break down, I won’t go back to the way I was before. Take it or not, I’m not going back. It’s just going to be trendy from here,” he said laughingly.