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NBA YoungBoy Has Way More Platinum Albums Than You Think

Rapper NBA YoungBoy is one of the highest-certified artists in the U.S. with 26 mixtapes and six studio albums — but how many of them are actually platinum?


Dec. 13 2023, Published 3:48 p.m. ET

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Rapper NBA YoungBoy has achieved remarkable success in his music career, however, he has not received as much recognition from his industry peers, especially as someone with so many platinum alums.

With all of this said, it's important to note that his fan base continues to grow rapidly, making him a prominent artist to watch in the future.

So, just how many platinum albums does NBA YoungBoy have?

As it stands, he is one of the highest-certified artists in the United States, with 26 mixtapes, six of which are collaborative.

He also has six studio albums,102 singles, three EPs, and three compilation albums under his belt, according to RIAA. In 2022, YoungBoy broke the record as the youngest artist to ever receive a plaque from RIAA at 22.

He currently also holds the title of the youngest artist in history to chart 100 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

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NBA YoungBoy performs onstage during Lil Baby & Friends concert " at Coca-Cola Roxy on November 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia

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His studio albums have three platinums, the compilation albums have one platinum certification, and his mixtapes have three, of which one is a double platinum certification.

His list of singles has scored him about 11 platinum certifications and in addition to these, he has another 31 from his singles, and or featured singles.

YoungBoy is sitting pretty on about 49 Platinum certifications, most of which are double and triple platinum certifications, not forgetting the gold plaques he's also received — which also makes him an artist to be reckoned with.

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NBA YoungBoy released his first mixtape in 2015.

YoungBoy's (real name: Kentrell DeSean Gaulden), love for music dates back to his teens, when he started his music production journey with just a microphone he had bought at Walmart at the age of 14.

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He released his first mixtape titled "Life Before Fame" in 2015, and between 2015 and 2017, the rapper had already released a total of eight independent mixtapes.

The mixtapes created a loyal fanbase for YoungBoy, however, it is reported that much of his fame can also be attributed to his "song-for-song rap beef" with Scotty Cain, a fellow Baton Rouge rapper who went head-to-head with him exchanging diss songs that Included death threats.

NBA YoungBoy has a history of hip-hop beefs.

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NBA YoungBoy performs during Lil WeezyAna at Champions Square on August 25, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

YoungBoy has beefed with the likes of Lil Durk, and NLE Choppa, and there was also an assumed beef with J. Cole, however, Cole addressed the rumors on Drake's "First Person Shooter."

So despite all the other noise, it seems YoungBoy has very strong co-signs all across the board, and it's a bonus that the rapper doesn't lack the motivation to create music.

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YoungBoy's creativity is admired by some of the industry's notable rappers. In 2017, he released a music video for his song "41," which featured Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and more.

Later that year, YoungBoy was signed by Mike Caren under his record label, Artist Partner Group as well as by Atlantic Records. By August 2017, he had hit No. 24 on the Billboard 200, and this was just the beginning for the star.

At this rate, YoungBoy is well on his way to the Hall Of Fame, he is an absolute talent who knows no bounds, exactly what the music industry needs.

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