The 21-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Kentrell Gaulden, earned 137,000 units to debut at number one with the biggest sales week of his career. Drake’s Certified Lover Boy fell to second with 135,000 units.
YoungBoy is the first hip hop artist to have a number-one album in each of the last three years: 2021, 2020 and 2019. His previous studio album, 2020’s Top, and his respective 2020 and 2019 mixtapes, 38 Baby 2 and Al YoungBoy 2, each reached the top of the Billboard 200.
Gaulden has kicked off the Sincerely, Kentrell freestyle competition by inviting fans to rap over album instrumental tracks on a special YouTube channel. The grand prize winner will receive a free recording session with his studio engineer, Jason “Cheese” Goldberg.
As Sincerely, Kentrell sits at number one, Gaulden has been awaiting trial at the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center in Louisiana since April, after being charged with selling drugs and possession of stolen firearms. He recorded the album over the phone while incarcerated.
Over 75,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking President Joe Biden to release Youngboy.
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