NBA YoungBoy has said he can tell if a rapper is “gangsta” or not just by looking at their mother.
In a clip from his new interview with the Rap Radar Podcast, the Baton Rouge rapper opened up about his forthcoming album Don’t Try This At Home, on which he vowed to “talk crazy” — despite his recent “Stop the Violence” movement.
“I’m gonna talk crazy on there,” YoungBoy said. “I’m gonna show you Murda Man. I’m gonna talk crazy on there, but I’m letting you know though, don’t try this at home.”
He continued by saying the reality of street situations is often very different from the entertainment aspect of it, and that the majority of rappers aren’t as tough as they make out to be in their music.
“Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people you’ll see today, oh that’s 100 percent who they is,” YoungBoy added. “I don’t doubt it. A lot of rappers today, half of them probably 100 percent who they is. But I guarantee you bro, the majority of them, nah.”
He added: “It be like this bro: you’ll look at these rappers’ videos, you gon’ see a gun in this video, right? You go to the next one, you see a gun in his video, right?
“You gotta dig a little deeper sometimes, bro. Alright, now look at his mama. His mama ain’t no gangsta, so how the fuck is he a gangsta? That shit don’t be adding up, bro.”
NBA YoungBoy’s comments comes after he sat down for a sprawling interview with Billboard, where he spoke about his musical output and his newfound appreciation of Mormonism that began after meeting two missionaries while on house arrest in Utah.
“I wanted help very badly,” he admitted. “I needed a friend. And it hit me. It was just cool to see someone with a different mindset that had nothing to do with business or money — just these wonderful souls.”
The missionaries then began visiting the rapper’s home every day, where they would engage in talks with him about The Book of Mormon and sought to “make sure” YoungBoy’s “heart was in the right space” for his official baptism into the church.
He said he plans to become baptized into The Church of Latter-Day Saints after his house arrest is over.
Elsewhere in that interview, NBA YoungBoy said his newfound interest in the religion has partially inspired him to rap less violent lyrics on some of his new music.
“What if they don’t like me now?” he said, wondering about his fans’ thoughts on his newfound approach. “I’m not changing. I will not be provoked, I will not be broken, and I’m not going back to who I used to be. Accept it or not — I ain’t going back.”
Both interviews come after YoungBoy dropped off his first album of 2023, I Rest My Case, which toyed with less violent lyrics. The project debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 after moving 29,000 copies in its first week.
I Rest My Case marked YoungBoy’s ninth project in just over a year, as he’s remained on a tear with new tunes since being found not guilty in his federal gun case back in July.