Five Burning Questions: YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s ‘Top’ Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

Five Burning Questions: YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s ‘Top’ Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

If your response to news of YoungBoy Never Broke Again topping the Billboard 200 albums chart this week is to go, “Wait a minute, didn’t he simply …? ” — don’t worry, your memory doesn’t deceive you.

In fact, Top debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week marks the next time he’s hit the apex at the previous 12 months — first doing so with all the AI YoungBoy 2 mixtape past October, then together with his 38 Baby 2 cassette in April. (In between those, he also handled a No. 2 bow because of his Still Flexin, Still Steppin put in March.) But Top, deemed the rapper’s official studio record, tops the chart with his best first-week figures nonetheless, racking up 126,000 equal record units.

Why was this record YoungBoy’s best-performing initial week yet? And who else may be able to top the Billboard 200 three times in 1 year?  Billboard staffers discussion these questions and much more below.

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1. Top isn’t only YoungBoy’s third No. 1 record (and fourth top two record ) in the previous 12 months, but in addition, it earns his finest first-week amounts thus far, with 126,000 equal album components moved. But on a scale of 1-10, how surprised are you YoungBoy has managed to maintain this amount of fan excitement awarded his prolific output? 

Josh Glicksman: I’ll put it in a 6. I don’t think that too a lot of people expected YoungBoy to put up back-to-back-to-back No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, however now we ’t seen plenty of chart-toppers because 2019 that seemed surprising — Nav, NF, Nav again — that possibly shouldn’t happen to be all that shocking. An increasing number of artists have managed to carve out a core fan base and turn it into enormous streaming stats. Like it or not, articles still seems to be kingso despite the bulk output signal from YoungBoy in the past few decades, I’m cynical of his supporters tiring anytime soon.

Carl Lamarre: Four. YoungBoy’s rabid fanbase plays to his strengths as a raging superstar with unfiltered allure. To a he’s reckless, but others venerate him to get his street heroics. With each release, I think YoungBoy gives listeners a reason to latch onto him even more. Whether he’s diving into relationship woes or internal battles, his rawness is sexy, and a reason people are interested by his music.

Jason Lipshutz: 5. YoungBoy may not possess the key badges of mainstream success in 2020 — his voice isn’t anywhere close to pop radio, and he’s not light up late-night tv or awards shows — however he’s a massive hip-hop star yet, a new-school flowing giant with a particularly rabid YouTube after. Three No. 1 albums in a 12-month span is a remarkable accomplishment for any artist to pull off, such as ones with much more general-audience title recognition than YoungBoy, however the amount of fan excitement he’s been in a position to produce over the last year shouldn’t even be a real surprise for those after his increase in the business.

Heran Mamo: About a 3, because YoungBoy’s been falling jobs like breadcrumbs each quarter of 2020 so far. In addition, he gave fans the belief he was taking a rest from music after falling the 38 Baby 2 mixtape at April. So when he declared Top in Augustit got fans so hyped it reached the No. 1 place in Apple Music’s graphs based on pre-orders alone. And I understand the record ’s named Top following his childhood nickname Lil Top, however the success of this LP is actually in the title.

Andrew Unterberger: I’ll state . Four albums in less than a year is just… a whole great deal of music, particularly since the jobs all have pretty long tracklists and not a ton of obvious differentiation of core identity between them. (Even in Future’s mythical four-project run in 2015, he was able to avoid over-saturation by working together with various producers/collaborators and in comparatively different songwriting and performance modes on each set.) YoungBoy’s firm bonafides are no market secret at this point, but for him to be gaining in metrics on project four of four in this series is seriously impressive.

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2. Is it the official record designation that you think gave Top a performance leg on his other recent collections, or is there anything else about Top that you think results in its career-best opening week operation? 

Josh Glicksman: The official record designation definitely didn’t even hurt him but tapping Weezy and Snoop Dogg for features goes a long way. In his past few attempts, YoungBoy called on peers such as DaBaby (38 Baby two ’s “Thug of Spades”-RRB- and Lil Baby (Realer’s “Cross Me”-RRB-, although it’s always worth tuning in to see how exciting, youthful rap talents hold their own when standing with all the match ’s established veterans. And with a mixed eight No. 1 albums to their titles, Lil Wayne and Snoop understand how to generate music which ’s capable of transferring the needle on sales.

Carl Lamarre: I think that the official designation plays with a small role because the previous releases were nothing but foreplay, in hopes of reeling in everybody over to the major event. With YoungBoy, however, his own mixtapes don’t feel as mixtapes because he works under exactly the identical motor and strength as he would on a official launch. Much length-wise, his last two jobs needed at a minimum of 17 monitors, so, technicallyhe’s never cheating you out of material, either.

Jason Lipshutz: Chalk this up to a combination of timing and artistry: Top came during one of the very quiet album launch months lately, particularly in the hip-hop world, which helped funnel more attention in YoungBoy’s leadership. Yet Top can also be a more powerful listen than his recent mixtapes, together with more-focused rapping, greater beats and a general stream that prevents the record from feeling endless, even though carrying a whopping 21 monitors.  Top isn’t flawless, however it’s the very cohesive listen thus far in YoungBoy’s stacked discography.

Heran Mamo: On top of this official record therapy, YoungBoy takes his melodic stream to brand new heights with dulcet guitar loops songs including “Kacey Talk,” “My Window,” “Off Season,” “All In,” & “Reaper’s Child. ” He actually fine-tuned the noise of this project compared to the two previous mixtapes he dropped this past year. Not to mention the two leading guest rappers, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne, are big deals and not a thing that you ’d request only for a mixtape.

Andrew Unterberger: The set’s a bit more tuneful and fine-tuned, for sure, but to me that has to be largely about it being the official record — which, even in a time when the lines separating EPs, mixtapes and proper LPs are fuzzy as to be almost imperceptible, still seems to make a true difference to enthusiasts and other consumers.

3. There’s only two guests to be found on Top: Snoop Dogg (on “Callin”) and Lil Wayne (on “My Window”). What do you find as the explanation for these veteran greats function as place ’s only two guests — and whose poetry would you think works best? 

Josh Glicksman: The reduced number of features isn’s a departure from the norm — the last time YoungBoy comprised over two has been 2018’s 4Respect 4Freedom 4Loyalty 4WhatImportant, plus he has released six complete jobs since then. In the event you’re planning to restrict yourself to only a couple of guests however, you could too get the most out of them, and YoungBoy sure does on Top. And though I love viewing Snoop working alongside younger rappers, his “no more mask on” line loses me (wear a mask!) And Wayne’s touch flow matches better next to YoungBoy.

Carl Lamarre: I think Snoop and Wayne know how polarizing Youngboy is to get his age and are empathetic to his rocky road to stardom, because they each had their reasonable shares of battles with the media and legal system throughout their respective climbs. I think Wayne’s voice recorders improved with YoungBoy on “My Window,” and their mutual ties to Louisiana makes the trail additional special in my eyes.

Jason Lipshutz: The Lil Wayne suggestion “My Window” makes more sense on paper and in practice: the two New Orleans natives showcase their similar flows side-by-side, each croaking out catchphrases prior to warbling via a melodic break in their poetry. The choice to put Snoop Dogg about the last song of a 21-track project is really a curious one — however Snoop sounds pretty excellent about the superior “Callin’& ” his trimmed lines saturated in swagger as he provides a straightforward foil to YoungBoy’s sing-song rhymes.

Heran Mamo: Weezy’s poetry works much better in my view since his voice mixed so well with YoungBoy’so once he got tapped, I could eventually distinguish it was his poetry. Along with his fantastic wordplay — “Your Wonder Woman wonderin’ why your wonderland ain’t wonderworld” — reigns chiefdom. From that attribute on YoungBoy’s song to his verse on “Forever” with Lil Baby on My Turn, Wayne is embracing the uncle role for this particular legion of rappers the way Snoop was to the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Ludacris within the last few decades. So using both veteran MCs on this project signaled it’s not only about the amount behind YoungBoy’s victorious output this year but also the quality.

Andrew Unterberger: To me personally, it’s one of the more motivated artistic options on the record for both guests to be at least one generation removed from YoungBoy — it serves as a kind of benefit in the genre’s elders, while also proving that the gap between them isn’t as great as heads old and new may anticipate. Honestly, I didn’t even notice Lil Wayne on on “My Window” the first 2 times I noticed it, his match alongside YoungBoy is really eloquent. Snoop’s presence is a bit more conspicuous, but I enjoy his poetry even more — particularly coming in the close of the group, in which it almost serves as a Top epilogue.

4. For those who still fail to grasp the sustained success of YoungBoy Never Broke Again, which trail on Top would you refer them to for a better comprehension?  

Josh Glicksman: Give “All In” a spin! YoungBoy thrives with choruses that stretch his Auto-Tuned vocals only sufficient to create your voice strain somewhat as you’re singing along to it. Following that, step aside and let him get to a constant rhythm perched on top of beats with dialed up instrumentation and brash, clapping hi-hats. It’s often easy to melt his tunes ’ woozy productions, also, but don’t get too comfy — he’ll pull you back at an instant ’s detect having a vocally-scaling bridge or collection of rapid fire bars.

Carl Lamarre: I would say it’s a link involving “Cross Roads” and “To My Lowest. ” YoungBoy thrives on pain and wears his heart on his sleeve whatever the circumstance. Despite his hard exterior, you see a wounded soul looking to spot himself back up.

Jason Lipshutz: “All In” underlines what YoungBoy is capable of as a storyteller, as he colors his narrative of coming from nothing with the struggles he faces — he wishes to conquer his trust problems, provide to his loved ones and locate a semblance of normalcy. There’s a undercurrent of violence during “All In& ” however, YoungBoy would like to tell the truth about his demons; it’s not difficult to comprehend why so many hip-hop listeners are entranced by them in turn.

Heran Mamo: “Kacey Talk,” since it’s that streamlined guitar-driven beat whilst lyrically flashing the wealth he’s been accumulating for his children, that play a vital part in his song. YoungBoy has been coming to his position as a father within his music more and more, out of incorporating them that his Father’s Day launch of their “Death Enclaimed” music video into naming “Kacey Talk” following his one-year-old son, that blabbers the cutest ad-libs at the track. It also attained No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 19 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Andrew Unterberger: “Kacey Talk” and “Reaper’s Child” equally contenders for me personally, however I’d probably take it directly from the very best with record opener “Drug Addiction. ” YoungBoy is at his most captivating when he’s singing the blues, along with the guitar choosing and heart-bleeding of “Drug Addiction” is a fantastic tone-setter in this respect.

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5. What other artist at 2020 would you think is both popular or successful enough you could see them possibly scoring three No. 1 albums in a calendar year ’s moment themselves at the not-too-distant future? 

Josh Glicksman: How about Gunna? Over the last couple of yearshe’s slowly scaled his way up the Billboard 200, eventually reaching the graph ’s pinnacle to the first time earlier this year with Wunna. Besides his very own streaming art, he has no lack of star power on any of his projects — using Travis Scott, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch and Lil Baby on his latest attempt alone — so I don’t imagine consistency will probably be too much of a problem, either. Along with his output has never been in question: together with six complete releases because 2017, he’s got loads in the tank.

Carl Lamarre: DaBaby. He notched two No. 1s with 2019’s Kirk and this season ’s Blame It on Baby. I wouldn’t be amazed when he destroys the trifecta because he adores feeding the fans new music whenever he gets the opportunity to do so.

Jason Lipshutz: Justin Bieber is already teasing a fresh project seven months later scoring a No. 1 record with Changes. A couple of months after that full-length dropped, he even still scored a Hot 100 chart-topper with the Ariana Grande duet “Stuck With U,” and now’s back together with “Holy,” comprising Chance that the Rapper. Three files within a year’s time may be unrealistic, however when the Biebs is about this ultra-prolific series, anything is possible!

Heran Mamo: Lil Uzi Vert, because he was one of the first artists in 2020 to unveil the success of this deluxe album version with the second arrival of Eternal Atake 1 week following its first release. He had a distinct title (Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World two ) along with a whopping 14 added songs, only four songs shy of doubling the original tracklist. That sort of effort reveals me Uzi is hanging to a motherlode of monitors that doesn’t need fans to wait for yet another year and a half for fresh stuff. And just like YoungBoy, new music that follows a rapper’s hiatus statement will have fans flocking to streaming solutions such as bees to nectar, because they need it to survive.

Andrew Unterberger: Ariana Grande may probably have achieved this past year when she’Id maintained each of the songs she published after the 1-2 of both Sweetener and Thank U, Next for a third solo project rather than portioning them out as non-album singles, live tracks along with Charlie’s Angels soundtrack gifts. That was while she was on tour! She ’s stuck in the home just like the rest of uswho even knows what sort of treasure trove of fresh composed and/or recorded material she may be hanging on?

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