YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s reputation as the voice of Baton Rouge is well-earned. Over the course of a career that effectively started with 2016’s 38 Baby, he’s released music at a furious rate—uploading a great deal of it online, apart from streaming platforms. His AI YoungBoy 2, however, comes after something of a break, the MC’s last official project Realer arriving nearly a year prior. This is eons for YoungBoy, whose output couldn’t even be slowed by the jail sentences and periods of house arrest that have plagued his time in the spotlight so far.
Fans will be delighted to learn that very little has changed from the perspective of the man born Kentrell Gaulden. Over beats from a veritable all-star team of producers, including Louie Bandz, Mike WiLL Made-It, Buddah Bless, and Jetsonmade, YoungBoy reminds us that he is every bit in love with the jewelry, guns, women, and drugs that have inspired some of the most vivid and impassioned Baton Rouge street rap since Boosie Badazz. He spent three good years amassing a fanbase that would push his name into the top ten trending topics of Twitter on the days leading up to AI YoungBoy 2’s release, and this album will only help to ensure it finds its way there again at some point in the future.