NBA YoungBoy got noticed for the incredible mixtapes he released between 2015 and 2017, earning a cult following throughout the eight independent releases. Despite a long history of legal trouble during his career, he’s one of the most successful rappers of the modern era, producing a crazy amount of gold and platinum singles for how young he still is.
In this article, we’ll go over the 25 best YoungBoy Never Broke Again songs ever produced… so far.
1. Outside Today
NBA Youngboy got his career started with a bang, releasing Outside Today as the lead single from his debut album back in 2018. For the next year, it would remain his highest-charting single—until the release of Bandit—and peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a top 20 song on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart, peaking at number 18 and eventually going on to be certified quadruple platinum in the US.
2. 38 Baby
NBA Youngboy is no stranger to criticism of his music. Quite often, his lyrics wind up rubbing people the wrong way thanks to how overtly violent they are. But what’s a good rap song without that underlying threatening tone?
The track 38 Baby is another one of his tracks that’s full of gun references and death threats, but it’s also incredibly well thought out. Plus, it’s personal for the rapper, as it’s based on his experiences growing up in Louisiana.
3. Like A Jungle (Out Numbered)
Sampling the original Like A Jungle (Out Numbered) by C-Murder, NBA Youngboy takes the stage to rap about all the struggles he overcame to make it to the top. It’s structured in an odd way, almost like he’s talking directly to C-Murder, and was kind of a response to C-Murders track Dear Young Boy in 2022. It’s sort of a passing of the torch and a warning about the various systems that can eventually lead to your downfall.
4. Self Control
Self Control was the lead single of NBA YoungBoy’s 12th mixtape Al YoungBoy in 2019. It’s a deeply personal track that shows just how much the struggles he faced and the ones his loved ones faced shaped who he is today. It broke into the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 on release and made it into the top 25 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
5. No Smoke
Every great rapper needs a heater song that’s focused directly toward their enemies. NBA YoungBoy’s came in the form of No Smoke, the second single to come from his seventh mixtape that has some subtle hints for the rappers wanting him removed from their city. It made it to number 29 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It would eventually be certified triple platinum and was one of the best songs of the year according to The Fader.
6. I Ain’t Hiding
The rap game is always rooted in the streets, and I Ain’t Hiding is no different. The entire track is all about NBA YoungBoy’s experience in those streets, seeing him ready to take out any opponents that show up and the highs of gangbanging and dope dealing. It was the 13th track on 38 Baby back in 2016.
7. Slime Belief
Slime Belief was easily one of the most popular tracks on NBA YoungBoy’s 2018 album Realer. It covers all the bases you can expect in a good trap song, from his experiences dealing with gangs while on the road to the trap game and living a lavish lifestyle. It’s one of his more braggadocious and open tracks, a big hit with fans.
8. All In
All In was another deeply personal song by NBA YoungBoy, serving as the lead single for his 2020 album, Top. Many people find that coming from nothing and finding fame is a hard process with a lot of challenges, and that’s what this track is all about.
Like all of his other songs, the music video shows him performing the sign and going about his day with no special effects. It was a modest chart hit, climbing to number 67 on the Hot 100, and number 23 and 26 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rolling Stone Top 100 respectively.
9. Valuable Pain
Valuable Pain was the lead single of YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s 2018 mixtape Realer and came from a very different angle than a lot of the other songs on the list. Of course, it gives him a place to let all of his feelings out, but this one is done on top of a piano-driven instrumental rather than drum machines.
It peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 and made it to the top 40 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, eventually being certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
Bandit was a big collaboration between YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Juice WRLD that was released as the final single the latter would drop before his death in 2019. It was a huge hit for the two artists, topping out at number 10 on the Hot 100 and numbers four and five on the Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively.
Basically, the track was defining the two as bandits for stealing girls’ hearts.
No matter what album or mixtape you look at, the one thing that always runs through each of them is that NBA YoungBoy considers himself untouchable. Untouchable isn’t the stereotypical rap flexing song you’d probably expect it to be. It’s more a reflection on his past and how he came up, expressing gratitude much more than throwing fame in your face.
12. Lonely Child
Lonely Child is YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s way of taking a step back from the insanely aggressive trap music he typically makes. It’s more of a sad hip hop song than anything, talking about lost loves, ended relationships, and the possibility of failing as a father. While he’s always generated controversy and a lot of people don’t like him, this was a track that helped humanize the rapper and reminded people he was just another guy.
13. Late to da Party (F*CK BET)
Late To Da Party (F*CK BET) came out in 2021 and was basically a protest song by Lil Nas X after he didn’t get any nominations at the 2022 BET Awards. He decided that he was overlooked because of homophobia within the black community, previewing a track that repeatedly said ‘fuck BET’ on his Twitter before it morphed into this song and a huge viral string of tweets.
It did fairly well on the charts, featuring NBA YoungBoy, rising to number 67 on the Hot 100 and turning into an international hit that made it to 77 on the Global 200.
14. One Shot
One Shot might be the NBA YoungBoy song that reached the most people. It was the lead single for his Road To Fast 9 mixtape in 2020, made for the F9 movie, and the leadup for the soundtrack of the film. It’s recognized as a motivational rap anthem, talking about having to take the one shot you get to find success. Incredibly braggadocious and full of flexing, the track eventually found its way up to number 43 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from Billboard.
15. Hot Now
Hot Now was YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s way of reminding the world who he was and where he came from. An absolute heater, this one was short, but packed to the brim with references to the rapper’s past experiences and the violent results his enemies could expect if they keep trying him.
16. Life Support
When NBA YoungBoy released his 2021 album Sincerely, Kentrell, fans weren’t sure what to expect, but they weren’t disappointed. Life Support served as the fourth single to come from the album, covering heavy topics like the rapper’s grandmother going through chemotherapy but saying the pain in his life is what keeps him going. It was a pretty big song on the charts, appearing on the Global 200 and making it up to the number 17 spot on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
17. Diamond Teeth Samurai
Diamond Teeth Samurai is a song that gets slept on a lot, even by YoungBoy Never Broke Again fans. It was the second single to come from his debut studio album interpolating a Lil Wayne song and first being previewed as early as 2017. It added another platinum single to the rapper’s rapidly-growing list of them at that point in his career, making it up to number 30 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and just missing out on the top 50 of the Hot 100.
18. Kacey Talk
Kacey Talk is one of NBA Youngboy’s best songs according to fans. While it keeps the aggressive edge that he’s known for, it’s a rare moment of vulnerability that gives listeners a bit of a peek behind the curtain of their favorite artist. Named after his daughter, who is featured in the music video, it’s easily one of the best tracks he’s released.
19. Make No Sense
Make No Sense had a jubilant vibe to it. As described by NBA YoungBoy, he felt “like Gucci Mane in 2006.” The aforementioned Mane had a murder charge dropped that year, meaning he was free and happy to continue his career. This track was from NBA YoungBoy’s 12th mixtape, AI YoungBoy 2, and was the third single released from the mixtape, rising to number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and being certified triple platinum.
20. On My Side
On My Side served as the fifth single to be released from NBA YoungBoy’s 2021 album Sincerely, Kentrell. It’s a story of a person who gets involved in situations they eventually regret, all painted against the flexing you expect from him about women, guns, and success. It charted super well, reaching number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
WusYaName felt like a throwback to 90s R&B and see’s NBA YoungBoy hop onto a Tyler The Creator track to provide a blazing verse. It was a departure from both artists’ typical styles, but that was what made it so notable—plus it was a really good song anyway. It debuted at number 14 on the Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting single from Call Me If You Get Lost, and debuted at number four on the Rolling Stone Top 100 after it was streamed 19 million times.
22. I Hate Youngboy
The rap game is famous for its long history of stellar diss tracks, but I Hate YoungBoy is about as good as we’ve gotten in recent years—at least since Eminem dropped one on MGK. It was directed at Lil Durk who, on the same day, released a song that had come at NBA YoungBoy’s ex-girlfriend. YoungBoy Never Broke Again essentially called out everyone associated with Lil Durk, including the man’s fiancé and other rappers who had gone against him in some way like Gucci Mane.
23. My Window
A big collaboration on NBA YoungBoy’s second album Top saw him team up with Lil Wayne to produce My Window in 2020. It was a little bit of the old and new mixed together, with both rappers talking about always having to be alert for enemies and living with paranoia as a part of their lives. It would eventually break into the top 15 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and rose to within the top 40 of the Hot 100, ending up with a gold certification from the RIAA.
24. Dirty Iyanna
At one point in time, NBA Youngboy was in a relationship with the daughter of legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather. Dirty Iyanna, named after her, is inspired by that relationship and is a totally unique diss track by him. While diss tracks are common, they tend to focus on other artists, but this one is just a person from his past. Overall, it’s one of his best songs, heavily leaning on Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana.
25. Umm Hmm
Our last entry came on NBA YoungBoy’s fourth studio album The Last Slimeto in 2022. Umm Hmm got mixed reviews, with some critics saying it was one of the lesser tracks of the album and others calling it a standout. Whatever they said didn’t matter much, it was a fan-favorite song, and the charts proved it. This would peak at number 37 on the Hot 100 and number 11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
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