Born on October 20, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kantrell DeSean Gaulden spent his childhood between a rock and a hard place. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kantrell dropped out of ninth grade and was soon arrested and sent to a detention center in Tallulah, Louisiana. Always having a creative spirit, Kantrell began writing lyrics in detention.
After his release, Kantrell began working on his music – paying for studio time with dirty money. In 2016, when he was a seventeen-year-old boy on the verge of fame, Kantrell was arrested for attempted second-degree murder in Austin, Texas and sent back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to serve his time.
Rise to Fame
It was then and there, in Baton Rouge prison cell, that Kantrell started maturing into YoungBoy. He began posting his music to YouTube under the name David G. Two of his prison mixtapes Before I Go: Reloaded and Mind of a Menace 3: Reloaded, went viral while he was still in jail. YoungBoy pleaded guilty and was released on bail in 2017, after which he released his first hit single, Untouchable.
Although Untouchable peaked at No.95 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the rapper’s ninth mixtape A.I. YoungBoy climbed significantly higher, earning him a 24th place on the Billboard 200. YoungBoy’s debut album Until Death Call My Name was finally released in 2018 for Atlantic Records, just a month before he was arrested in Georgia for a second time, now for alleged assault and kidnapping.
In the News
NBA YoungBoy’s criminal record is as thick as his music portfolio. When he was asked about his criminal record he said, “I don’t think they really target, but if you got a name, they know who you is, you do something, they gonna come get you, and whoever you’re with and whatever they do, you’re accountable for it just because you got the biggest name”.
He is a father of four boys – Kayden, Kamron, Taylin, and Kamiri – with three mothers.
It’s safe to say that our favorite young boy won’t give up anytime soon, so keep up with NBA YoungBoy and more with The Shade Room!