At age 17, YoungBoy Never Broke Again was one of the hottest young rappers in hip-hop until misfortune struck. The Baton Rouge native and multiple members of his crew were arrested before a concert in Austin, Texas on Nov. 28, 2016. He was extradited to his hometown of Baton Rouge and later charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. His bond was set at $200,000, and details of YoungBoy's case were later released by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Before YoungBoy, born Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, went to prison, he stopped by XXL to deliver an a cappella freestyle. The video is one of the last he shot before he went to jail. "Keep your head up and focus/That's what Monique told me," he raps. Peep the freestyle below.

After releasing his 38 Baby mixtape in October of 2016, YoungBoy gained national exposure. The 14-track project featured guest verses from Kevin Gates, Boosie BadAzz and standout songs like the title track, “I Ain’t Hiding” and “Hell and Back.” Major labels were chomping at the bit to sign the promising upstart, coining him as the next big star coming out of B.R.

Since dropping his debut mixtape, Life Before Fame, in 2015 and projects such as Mind of a Menace, Mind of a Menace 2 and 3 plus Before I Go Reloaded, YoungBoy Never Broke Again has built himself a cult following and is one of the most talented new artists right now.

XXL spoke to him while he was in jail about what he plans to do when he gets out and what he’s learned from his situation. Since he's been locked up, he's released the video for “Win or Lose” off the Mind of a Menace 2 mixtape plus “Too Much” and "Draco."

Peep the new freestyle below and spin NBA's Mind of a Menace 3 Reloaded mixtape as well featuring a couple new tracks.

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