Inside YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Legal Situation

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has become one of hip-hop’s most prominent rising stars. At the age of 18, the Baton Rouge rapper has already reached various career milestones, including the release of several successful mixtapes, as well as collaborating with acts like Lil Yachty, PnB Rock, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. YoungBoy is also expected to release his debut studio album Until Death Call My Name next week, which could very well catapult him into a whole new level of prestige.

Though these wins and accomplishments are pretty impressive, they’ve all been tainted by YoungBoy’s criminal history.

The rapper, who was recently charged with alleged assault and kidnapping, is facing a heap of legal issues that date all the way back to 2016. It was at that time YoungBoy was arrested in Austin for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting. A judge suspended his 10-year prison sentence in the latter case and handed the artist a three-year probation; however, Youngboy's future is still unclear, as he remains behind bars on suspicion of attacking his girlfriend Jania Jackson.

It's been a turbulent ride for the “No Smoke” artist so far, and only time will tell if he'll be able to turn his controversial image around.

You can check out a timeline of Youngboy's legal issues above.

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Lil Yachty Claims He Can Rap Better Than 75% of His Hip-Hop Peers

Lil Yachty, along with some of his rap peers, believes he can out rap most of the newcomers in hip-hop.

The revelation came about when Miami rapper Smokepurpp brought the subject to light via social media. “Bro this nigga @lilyachty sooo underrated,” he tweeted. “this nigga deadass got bars and people overlook him smh, definitely top 10 rn NO CAP.” Yachty replied to the statement with his own co-sign. “real underdog bruh, I can prolly out rap 75% of the new generation but n***as sleep on me,” he replied. “Plus i ain’t got nothing to prove brother.”

Yachty doubled down on his statements when That Boy A.B. questions his lyricism, stating “you don't got bars cuzzo lol”

Lil Uzi Vert stepped into the conversation to back Yachty up.

Lil Yachty has often been challenged about the quality of his rhymes (most notably by The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne, who called him the “poster child for wack rappers” during an interview). However, it appears that Lil Boat has been working overtime to prove his doubters wrong.

Smokepurpp told XXL that Yachty blew him away during the making of their collaboration “Do Not Disturb.”

“He just freestyled that shit. Like 10 minutes, he was done with that shit. I was like, “I'm not gon' lie, his recording process, that shit is fire because he literally goes in a freestyle and it's like nothing to him. People don't give Yachty the credit that he deserves. He actually snaps. He actually says shit, he be coming with the metaphors and n***as don't give him credit for that. In my opinion, he's a good rapper—one of the best rappers out right now.”

Back in March, Yachty dropped Lil Boat 2, which boasted guest appearances by Quavo (“Talk to Me Nice”), Trippie Redd (“66”), Tee Grizzley (“Get Money Bros”), 2 Chainz (“Oops”), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“NBA Youngboat”), and many more. The album was a sharp departure from the bubbly, more upbeat vibe of his debut album Teenage Emotions.

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Is the Weeknd Dropping His New Album Friday?

The Weeknd is up to something. It's been two years since he dropped his last studio album Starboy in 2016, but the Toronto singer has been sharing cryptic Instagram messages that hint at a new album coming soon.

Tuesday afternoon, he shared a screenshot of a text conversation with La Mar Taylor—his high school friend turned creative director—highlighting the message: “Should we drop Friday? I'm indifferent to be honest.”

 

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Of course, a text conversation with a creative director leaves things pretty open-ended. Abel could be talking about a new album. Or he could be discussing merchandise, tour promotions, album artwork, a music video, a new song or a number of other possibilities.

There is reason to believe he's referring to a new album, though. Abel has been sharing updates from the studio for months, and just last week, he uploaded a series of short video clips that announced the project was in its mastering phase.

 

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He was also recently spotted showing off his hoverboard skills in Los Angeles on the set of what appeared to be a new music video.

Whatever he's cooking up, he has people excited—especially Travis Scott. In early March, Scott apparently got an early listen to the project and told fans, “It’s like when I first heard him for the first time.” Looks like we might finally get a taste of our own on Friday.

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Why Migos Left 300 Entertainment

Just as Migos—​alongside their label Quality Control Music—​began to rise through the ranks, 300 Entertainment swooped in to sign the Atlanta trio in 2014. However, instead of the deal leading to a fruitful relationship, the partnership soon soured, with behind-the-scenes issues culminating in Migos and Quality Control parting ways with 300.

In Complex's new cover story, Migos and Quality Control Music executives Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas spoke with Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins about the problems they had at 300, and what it took to make a clean break from the label.

“300 was the biggest hurdle. They tried to hold us against our will,” Offset says. “It wasn't never no in-house hurdles we ever had, like where it had been a problem. With 300, that was the biggest thing, going through times and situations with them.”

The hurdle, as Pee explains it, was preventing them from seeing a financial return on new releases. “For 18 months, we couldn't sell no product. Whatever that was already out, that was already on iTunes or whatever, that was cool, but anything that we was putting out, it was like we was shackled down.”

An example Pee points to is “Look at My Dab,” a Migos record that helped push the dance move craze into the public eye. While the song was making noise across the country, its success was stifled from the business end. “It was one of the biggest songs of that year,” he says. “We had the athletes doing it. You had the kids, everybody was doing it. But you ain't see it on iTunes, you see what I'm saying? We couldn't sell it. We couldn't stream it.”

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Pee continues, “We got a company saying, “Y'all can't put no music out. We ain't letting y'all sell nothing. We ain't letting y'all, until whatever.”

The struggle to take full control of their destiny played out in a legal showdown, and Pee estimates they spent around a half a million dollars in fees to get out of their contract with 300.

“As soon as we came to a [legal] agreement, we leaked 'Bad and Boujee,​'” Coach K adds. “The rest is history.”

Read and watch Complex's February cover story with Migos, Lil Yachty, Coach K, and Pee here.

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Drake and Lil Yachty Say Coach Killed During Parkland School Shooting Deserves an ESPY

In the days since the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 fatalities in its wake, Stoneman Douglas High School football coach Aaron Feis is being heralded as a hero after he gave his own life to protect students. There's a public campaign push to honor him posthumously with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPY Awards.

Rappers Drake and Lil Yachty both told TMZ Sports they think the coach definitely deserves the honorary ESPY after heading directly into harm's way by tracking the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, in a golf cart, and then chasing him on foot before being killed.

After being told about the campaign, Lil Yachty saw it as great move. “I think that’s amazing. For someone to do that in real life, he had a good heart. He was more than just a coach. In my eyes, you do something like that, you’re a superhero,” he told TMZ. “If the ESPYs [don't] do it, that’s a problem. Give the man an award.” 

Drake, who hosted the ESPYs in 2014, simply said “I agree” when paparazzi asked him about the idea when they briefly caught him in West Hollywood. A source with ESPY connections told TMZ that Feis is a “no-brainer” for the award, but the committee won't discuss nominees until April. Previous winners of the award include Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Caitlyn Jenner, and Michael Sam.

At Feis' funeral, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel delivered a moving speech about him and his bravery. “Before you even heard how he died, you knew he died putting himself in harm’s way to save others. That’s who he was,” he said “[He died] running toward danger while others were correctly running away from danger.”

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Young Thug Is Now Sex, Lil Yachty On the Clock? R. Kelly Evicted | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks, STAR, and Nadeska run through the day of hip-hop news, including breaking down Young Thug’s possible name change, whether or not Lil Yachty is on the clock, and more. 

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Lil Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane Have a Collab Project Dropping Soon

2017 was a big year for Lil Yachty. He released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, which included features from some of the most prominent names in music: Migos, Diplo, and YG, among others. The “bubblegum trap” artist also saw his work nominated for two awards—a Grammy for Best Sung/Rap Collaboration (“Broccoli” with DRAM) and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video (“iSpy” with Kyle).

One of the best things Lil Yachty has done is associate himself with, and give himself the opportunity to learn from, other successful hip-hop artists. He'll continue that trend with a collaboration album that is slated to drop later this month.

The project features some of Atlanta's finest: Yachty, Migos, and Gucci Mane. The project will reportedly be titled Glacier Boyz Tape.

Gucci Mane teased the project in January.

Migos, during a January visit with The Breakfast Club to promote their new album, Culture II, also confirmed they had a project coming with Gucci Mane. Additionally, Quavo had teased the project with a quickly-deleted tweet.

It's not clear whether Yachty was a part of the project when the idea was initially hatched, but he made the news of Glacier Boyz Tape a little more formal with a tweet on Sunday.

Expect to see the project released in the next few weeks. Brrrr.

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Wild ‘n Out’s Conceited Roasts Your Favorite Rapper’s Sneakers and Fits

Battle rapper Conceited has made a name for himself roasting people with rhymes and on MTV's Wild 'n Out, and he recently joined Sole Collector's Full Size Run to dismantle the sneaker fits of Kanye West, Lil Yachty, and Nick Cannon, and told the crew how he's able to match his Air Jordan and Nike sneakers from head to toe. 

Watch the episode above.

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Wild ‘n Out’s Conceited Roasts Rappers Worst Sneaker Fits

Battle rapper Conceited has made a name for himself roasting people with rhymes and on MTV's Wild 'n Out, and he recently joined Sole Collector's Full Size Run to dismantle the sneaker fits of Kanye West, Lil Yachty, and Nick Cannon, and told the crew how he's able to match his Air Jordan and Nike sneakers from head to toe. 

Check out the video above, and make sure to subscribe to Sole Collector on YouTube for Unboxings, Full Size Run, and much more.

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