NBA YoungBoy has released his second album of the year, 2023 Don’t Try This At Home. The highly anticipated new album featured Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and more. The album was released on April 21.
The American rapper, Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, Otherwise known as YoungBoy Never Broke Again album has 33-tracks.
It would me recalled that the 23-year-old rapper made an announcement concerning his upcoming album where he took to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday (March 21) to declare that his new project will be released on April 21 and is set to include 33 songs.
Alongside his post, he also showcases the cover art for his upcoming album, Don’t Try This At Home.
The artwork depicts the F.G. Clark Activity Center in YoungBoy’s hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana — home to Southern University’s Jaguars basketball team — adorned with Don’t Try This At Home graphics on its roof.
It’s the artist’s second album after re-signing with Motown Records and follows January’s I Rest Has My Case. I Rest My Case peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200. Don’t Try This At Home is NBA YoungBoy’s sixth studio album. YoungBoy has previously had two #1 albums – Top and Sincerely, Kentrell.
While I Rest My Case was all YoungBoy, Don’t Try This At Home features a handful of collaborations. Numbering three in total, YoungBoy linked up with Mariah the Scientist for “Rear View”, Nicki Minaj for “WTF”, and Post Malone and the kid Laroi for “What You Say”. “WTF” peaked at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100 as a single. “Rear View” was also released as a single and may chart this week.
The Baton Rouge native is as prolific in making albums as he is making babies with this being his 10th album since the beginning of 2022.
Similar to previous offerings, the album can be broken down into four categories―piano bangers, angsty melodic tracks, generic bangers, and laid back songs.
The project opens with a trio of bouncy tracks with menacing chords and Youngboy’s equally menacing voice in “Big Truck”, “Mr. Gaulden”, and “Take Down”. This sound makes up the bulk of the sound on the album as he follows the same formula on “Choppa Docter”, “Morning”, “Trust Issues”, “No Rubber”, “Loaded Now”, “Got One”, “Spin&Ben’n”, “1.5”, “Another Dead”, “Head Shot”, and “Grave Digga”. Despite stating recently that he regrets the violence in his music, on the latter track he raps “I go by Youngboy I make murder music”. Given everything that’s happening in the world and his influence on the next generation, this begs the question, why is “murder music” even a thing? What purpose does it serve?
One thing he has always done well is both rap and sing at an equally high level, and that continues to be displayed on this album. On melodic, angsty songs like “Out Nothing”, “Rear View”, “Hustle” and “Off The Lean” he raps with desperation and urgency as if his life depended on it. These are balanced with generic bangers like “Also By Myself”, “Homicide Pt. 2”, and “Cold Killers” with his signature bounce, and more laid back songs like “No Lease”, “Pistol Totting”, “I Is That”, and “Like Madden”.
While there are standout tracks among all the piano bangers, the laid back guitar track “War” and “Don’t Leave” are also among the standout songs.
The Mariah The Scientist feature is refreshing given the sound of the rest of the album, ” which is underwhelming given Post Malone and The Kid LAROI‘s star power. Youngboy is a drink that needs no chaser, meaning while some artists need features in order to keep fans’ attention, Youngboy is better on his own with no supporting cast, he is that good at it.
Overall, Don’t Try This At Home is a good album, all the tracks are great.
According to Hits Daily Double, Don’t Try This At Home is projected to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 units in its first week. While fairly modest sales for an album of its size, the projection should be good enough for a top-5 chart debut. That would be a return to form for NBA YoungBoy. I Rest My Case is the only album in his catalog that did not break into the top five during its time in the charts. YoungBoy is a three-time platinum artist thanks to his first three albums. Despite this, he has not hit that status since Sincerely, Kentrell. The Last Slimeto went gold and I Rest My Case is currently uncertified.
His devoted fan following has been waiting months for this wonderful news.
The raw and genuine approach of the Louisiana rapper has been making waves in the business, and his most recent project is guaranteed to be a hit with his devoted fans.
Along with the newly released singles “Rear View” with Mariah the Scientist and “WTF” with Nicki Minaj, the album also features Post Malone and The Kid LAROI. NBA YoungBoy is one of the most streamed musicians in the world with more than 30 billion total streams and 109 RIAA-certified titles, including three platinum or double platinum albums. Don’t Try This At Home is his sixth full-length studio album, expanding his discography.
The 33-track album shows him at the top of his game, expertly using his off-kilter distinctive flow while diving in and out of biting lines and irresistible melodies.
Between 2015 and 2017, he released eight independent mixtapes and steadily garnered a cult following through his work.
In late 2017, Gaulden was signed to Atlantic Records in January 2018, he released the single “Outside Today“, which peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song became the lead single for his debut studio album Until Death Call My Name (2018) which peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard 200.
In October 2019, Gaulden released the single “Bandit” (with Juice Wrld), which became his first top-ten single.A week later, he released AI YoungBoy 2 (2019), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
In April 2020, he released 38 Baby 2, becoming his second chart-topping project on the Billboard 200. Later that year, Gaulden released his second studio album Top (2020), which followed suit as his third chart-topping project in less than a year.
In September 2021, Sincerely, Kentrell (2021) was released during his incarceration, topping the charts again, making him the third artist besides 2Pac and Lil Wayne to have a chart-topping album while incarcerated.
In August 2022, he released his fourth studio album, The Last Slimeto (2022), which marked his final studio album with Atlantic Records In late 2022, Gaulden signed to Motown Records in January 2023, he released his fifth album, I Rest My Case (2023), his first with Motown.
Despite his success, Gaulden’s career has been marked by a long history of legal issues that began in 2016, and has released multiple projects during his incarcerations.