17-year-old Baton Rouge rap star NBA YoungBoy just delivered his new mixtape Ain’t Too Long and now now he makes an appearance on the cover of The FADER’s latest issue.
In the cover story, NBA YoungBoy talks quitting school in 8th grade, record deal with Atlantic, moving his career forward, and much more. Read the interview in its entirety here or check out snippets below.
On growing up in North Baton Rouge:
“I come from a rare place. It’s a different culture, different atmosphere, police crooked. Different emojis, and when I say emojis I mean personalities.”
On quitting school in 8th grade to focus on rap:
“I wanted to be a rapper and I couldn’t focus and do that. I didn’t even have the clothes for that shit. I really felt like I wasn’t smart enough, so what the fuck I’m there for?”
On the responsibility he feels for his family:
“I got fuckin’ children, I got a family that depend on me, 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 fuck 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 shit to my fam.”
On his conversation with a District Courthouse judge:
“She tried to make it seem like my music’s making people die. That’s exactly what she said to me in court…I was trying to tell her like, I’m changed and I’m trying to do better. I’m trying to do the right fuckin’ thing. I just can’t do stupid shit. But it’s scary you be scared to do anything.”
On his deal with Atlantic Records:
“That was like a dream come true. That ain’t like me signing to no rapper. And they gave me that fuckin’ bag when I was 16.”
On his need to move his career forward:
“I still wanna do a lot of kid shit just to get my mind off the streets. Music get my mind off the streets, but you know what I mean. I gotta make this shit happen. I can see, I can hear, I can smell, I can speak, I can touch, ain’t no excuses. Shouldn’t shit hold me back but death.”