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My Compliments to NBA YoungBoy for Making His Third Dull Album In a Row

On March 8, NBA Youngboy released his longest album in three years. The album speaks on YoungBoy’s journey to his success, as well as him spotlighting his family. YoungBoy uses electric beats to narrate his story, an element that tends to get repetitive.
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The album cover for “Compliments of Grave Digger Mountain” portrays NBA YoungBoy as a mountain, hinting at the theme of him overcoming his challenges.

NBA YoungBoy’s “New New” album is not the best. On March 8, YoungBoy released his first full-length album of the year titled “Compliments of Grave Digger Mountain.” The album consists of 13 songs, featuring artists like Meechy Baby and DDAWG.  Having three platinum albums thus far, as well as releasing this album while under house arrest, YoungBoy drew a large amount of publicity for his latest project.

Throughout YoungBoy’s last few albums, including most recently “Decided 2,” he has received poor scores from many professional reviewers. Will Schube from HipHopDX gave the album a 3.1 out of 5. “The main issue with ‘Compliments of Grave Digger Mountain’ is that every time the Baton Rouge MC gains some momentum, strings together two sturdy songs, something inevitably gets in the way and distracts the mission,” Schube said. Compared to other albums reviewed by Will Schube, YoungBoy’s album is heavily below average.

The album follows how YoungBoy had to endure a lot of painful things before his success, but got through them with the help of his family. In the song “How We Get,” YoungBoy raps the lyric “I seen murders; I seen killings.” When listening to the rest of the song, we learn that YoungBoy is broken and he overcame his past with the help of his family. 

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The song “4s**t” opens up with YoungBoy rapping as if he were telling a story. After around 30 seconds to a minute, he immediately opens up to a relatively unknown rapper, BBG Baby Joe. While BBG has some nice bars, they are choppy and do not have as much of a story as YoungBoy’s, making them unrelated to the song.

Although the album does portray a deeper meaning, its beats are repetitive and are common throughout most of the albums that Never Broke Again produces. The songs “Bloody” and “Hurt” have the same electric beats, which are almost identical at the beginning. Most of his songs go at a medium tempo, including the song “My Bobo,” featuring Herm.

The album can improve in many ways. Firstly, it can focus on the story of YoungBoy, rather than focusing on features, such as in “4sh**t.” The album can also improve in terms of diversity. By incorporating slower beats in songs where YoungBoy’s story is more prominent, such as in “How We Get.” Additionally, the album can also display themes other than girls and money, such as displayed in “Hurt.” By fixing these problems, the album’s potential would definitely improve, defending YoungBoy’s status as a legendary rapper.

YoungBoy’s album is poorly made in terms of beats, although the lyrics are fine. The album does display a unique story: one that breaks generic rap norms, although it is a theme that has been repeated in his previous album. Taking these factors into consideration, the score of 62/100 is deserved, because the album has good lyrics, but also has a repetitive story and beats. Perhaps YoungBoy’s next album won’t “Hurt” his reputation as an incredible rapper.

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Arnav Mahajan
Arnav Mahajan, Staff Writer
Arnav Mahajan is a freshman and it's his first year on the newspaper staff. He joined the newspaper because he has a strong passion for writing, which he uses to express himself. His main style of writing is argument and opinion-based pieces. He's looking forward to getting good work done and meeting the rest of the staff. When he’s not writing, he enjoys playing sports and video games, especially puzzle-based ones. He’s so excited to be part of the staff this year.

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