Kentrell DeSean Galden, better known by his stage name Youngboy Never Broke Up, is a young rapper, artist, and singer. Between 2020, Galden released twelve independent mixtapes and slowly earned a devoted following due to his hard-hitting music.
As the name suggests, Youngboy Never Broke Up is not your typical rap album. Instead of being a typical mixtape, Galden produced a full-length album, The Youngboy Never Broke Up Project, in 2020. It was then given a major push when it was featured on an episode of the MTV show “The Real World.” Since then, it has become a favorite among young rappers, fans, and critics alike.
In his first album, Youngboy Never broke up the production on each song with his own voice. While this worked well at the time, the rapper ended up coming across as too overbearing in the final product. With this album, he went back to the method that he had used in the past for every previous project. This helped him to come across as more personal in his lyrics, as well as having a sound that wasn't overly busy and overbearing.
Some of the best parts of the album were the rapping skills that Galden displayed on the songs. He rapped about many different topics such as relationships, growing up, the state of the music industry, and even his relationship with his mom. His ability to rap about a wide variety of things gave him a wider appeal compared to other rappers who only rapped about themselves. One of his biggest influences was Nas. He also mixed and matched styles to great effect, rapping about both soul and hip hop and still maintaining a unique sound.
The album's sound, as its name suggests, is hard rock and hard style. It contains nine songs with heavy guitar riffs and a pounding beat that make it perfect for the listener to lose themselves in.
Overall, NBA Boy is a unique album that can be enjoyed by anyone. Regardless of whether you enjoy rap, hard rock, or soul, this album is sure to please. regardless, of how much or little you know about rap music. Whether you are a fan of Galden or not, you can be sure that you have something new to listen to with this album.
In addition to all of this, the music video for the single “The Game Is Real” was directed by DJ Premier. This was another great choice for a music video, since it featured the rapper playing the role of a rapper himself. The video shows Galden talking trash on rival rappers like Nas, and it features Galden's typical over-the-top personality, which is a great thing for a rapper to have. It was a great way to get fans interested in NBA Boy as a whole instead of just focusing on one artist.
NBA Boy Never Broke Up is a great record that should not be missed by any serious rap fan. There are some minor flaws here and there, but overall, it's a fun, entertaining, and creative album that has a great message and some great beats.