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YoungBoy Never Broke Again “Richest Opp” Album Review

Richest Opp

YoungBoy Never Broke Again

  • Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Date: 12 May, 2023
  • Content: explicit
  • Region: NGA
  • Track(s): 17
  • Never Broke Again/Motown Records; ℗ 2023 Never Broke Again, LLC, under exclusive license to UMG Recordings, Inc.

Youngboy Never Broke Again &Quot;Richest Opp&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2023

With his third album of 2023, Richest Opp, YoungBoy further establishes himself as one of the hip-hop industry’s most reliable MCs. In the previous month, he has worked on and released two projects. He has recorded 69 songs so far this year, which is remarkable. Unfortunately, due in part to YoungBoy being placed under house arrest, the Louisiana native has been torn. He has, however, had the time to polish his skills as a rapper because he lives in his own tranquil and abundant world in the Utah highlands.

Album Art

Youngboy Never Broke Again &Quot;Richest Opp&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, November 28, 2023

NBA Youngboy is shown getting a haircut on the album art while being supported practically and figuratively by his family and friends. As implied by the money stack in the briefcase and the opulent cars in the background, he is trying to convey to the world that he is more concerned than ever about “family” matters and has not given up working -despite his sentencing,  to keep his children safe and comfortable. His children are also visible in the image.

Tracks and Features

Richest Opp, YoungBoy’s third album this year alone, was just launched. It’s his best work out of the three, demonstrating both how talented he is as an artist and how difficult he can be to follow and encourage.

YoungBoy tends to focus once every three attempts or something along those lines. As usual, the shenanigans in songs like “Fuck The Industry Pt. 2” make “Bitch Let’s Do It”‘s polished lyrics and cotton-candy sweet Louisiana cadence seem insignificant. “Sincerely, Kentrell” from 2021 exemplifies how YoungBoy’s production choices may occasionally be predictable. Similar to LaVine with his jumper, he is not above getting overly enamored with the bassline. However, at best, he has a flow from that low end, which helps to temper the impact of his menacing volatility.

And track three, “I Heard,” delivers a devastating punch a la Mike Tyson: “I held it down from top to bottom/ These hoes be laughin’ at my trauma/ I say, I got serious problems, I say, I wan’ kill somebody.”

Consider YoungBoy a Sandler character if his skill is in the sporadically controversial subjects of his vinegary raps because of how fiery he can get. “Just Flow” brings to mind Kevin Gates’ sing-along style. Rappers who believe they can bash YoungBoy receive a warning shot from “Father” and a prayer, but he doesn’t have it. But “Fuck The Industry Pt. 2,” on which YoungBoy aims some rappers, including Drake, J. Cole, Lil Yachty, and Lil Durk—a frequent target—is the song that has him back in the news.

According to YB, the Toronto pop star’s association with Lil Durk is why Drake won’t collaborate with him. YB also alleges that J. Cole ghosted him when he missed a studio session and referred to Lil Yachty as an anti-gay slur. The relatively good record is no longer being discussed because of tracks like these. YoungBoy’s talent is overshadowed by his tendency for strife. He is more well-known for his emotional and careless tendency to stir up conflict than for being an excellent vehicle for Southern rap songs.

This does not mean that YoungBoy is not still captivating, though. As “Slimes Go Where I Go” demonstrates, he is unquestionably so. The breathtaking moments in Richest Opp make distinguishing between shock value and typically stupefied agony difficult. If YB improves his life and his acidity and profundity are still praised, then his errors and flaws must be explained. Can he demonstrate that he cannot return without creating conflict and taking action? That is the million-dollar query from Utah, where he is taking it easy and expecting to conquer his demons finally.

This “me against the world” mentality permeates the entire album as he accuses previous colleagues of doing whatever they can to thwart his achievement. Frightening piano chords accompany most Richest Opp as sirens scream. This menacing mood is continued by other notable songs, including “Free Meechy,” “Slider,” and “Hurt My Heart.” YoungBoy’s choruses are consistently excellent throughout the album.

It loses momentum when Richest Opp veers away from the record’s main emotion. The toned-down, modest songs like “Just Flow” and “I Got That S**t” allow wallpaper production to become more and more visible. The listener wishes NBA YoungBoy was in a room with producers willing to take greater sound chances after listening to Richest Opp. The more that YoungBoy’s menacing voice dominates the song, the better. Fans will probably walk away from the album with a few personal favorites to tide them over till the inevitable release of the next project, making up for the repeated problems.

Tracklist

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1Bitch Let’s Do It3:05
2I Got That Shit2:22
3I Heard3:03
4Hurt My Heart3:24
5Dirty Thug3:36
6Just Flow2:37
7Free Meechy2:30
8Father2:53
9Fuck The Industry Pt. 23:07
10What You Gonna Do2:15
11Perspective2:40
12Chopstick (feat. T.E.N (With Rionfive))2:56
13Slimes Go Where I Go2:56
14Slider2:28
15I Shot Qupid2:28
16Channel 92:53
17I Want His Soul3:43

Album Summary

The most recent body of work from NBA YoungBoy strongly criticizes the music industry and directly makes his points. He has one of the most recognizable voices in hip-hop thanks to the combination of his forceful and flashy punchlines and high-pitched melodies. On a dime, he can switch between quick flows and harmonies of melody. As a result, his authoritative presence over a track can undermine bad beats.

On Richest Opp, he is not entirely abandoning quality for quantity. Instead, Instead, YoungBoy’s voice is overwhelmingly angry. The industry rejected him and has received a lot of flak for his large family, criminal history, and contentious headlines. Richest Opp observes him fixated on his pen game, feeling like all blades are being pointed at him. The lyrics on the album reach a frightening point at this moment. Violence-related imagery by YoungBoy might occasionally come out as actual rather than metaphorical. However, this comes from a person who has led that life. NBA YoungBoy experienced violence and drug use firsthand while growing up in the slums of New Orleans.

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