A rapper that the magazine calls “the teen rap prodigy worth rooting for,” Faderrecently did an in-depth interview with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, the Baton Rouge, LA native who continues to take the hip-hop world by storm. He is one of the publication’s cover stars for their Paradise issue that has arrived for Fall 2017, with several images from an extensive photo shoot having already been showcased on Fader‘s Instagram profile. You can check out some of those pictures below.
However, one of the most startling quotes from the interview comes when NBA YoungBoy talks about an exchange he had with a judge concerning his music and its effect on society at large. “She tried to make it seem like my music’s making people die,” he said. “That’s exactly what she said to me in court.” Although some might be quick to agree with this statement, YoungBoy unequivocally denied that this was the case, saying that the ideology lacked nuance in its interpretation of his music and where it comes from. In fact, he likens his lyrics and the subject matter he covers in his tracks to more of a cautionary tale than a glorification of lawless behavior. “I got fkin’ children, I got a family that depend on me,” he added. “I got a momma who don’t like to work, I got a baby momma that got three kids, two of ‘em from me. Everybody depend on me. I can’t fk up. I ain’t the only person that I’m hurting. If I was given a billion dollars to do life in jail, I’d do it and give that s**t to my fam.”
To that end, NBA YoungBoy doesn’t seem to feel like he got much of a chance to have a childhood at all. “I still wanna do a lot of kid st just to get my mind off the streets,” he explained. “Music get my mind off the streets, but you know what I mean. I gotta make this st happen. I can see, I can hear, I can smell, I can speak, I can touch — ain’t no excuses. Shouldn’t s**t hold me back but death.”