Suge Knight's Praise For NBA YoungBoy: "He Marches To His Own Beat"

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From one generation of street-heavy and confrontational hip-hop to another, this is an unsurprising co-sign to witness.

NBA YoungBoy remains a very polarizing figure in rap, with possibly its most ardent fanbase but with the most amount of haters, too. Moreover, he feels like even companies like YouTube often blackball him and undercut his success and outreach, and even with those crutches, he's made an undeniable impact with listeners and the industry alike. However, the Baton Rouge MC is not exactly an underdog story in the eyes of the media, as he seems more combative against the industry than eager to step in it. Still, he has a lot of people that really connect with him in that space, including one Suge Knight. During a recent episode of his new prison podcast, he gave the young Don't Try This At Home artist his flowers- or rather, his cigars.

"But you still got people still in the game doing well," the Death Row Records boss began. "And they deserve their cigars. you know? It's just like... NBA YoungBoy. Man, I like that lil' young motherf***er. He deserves his cigar. He talk s**t, he about that life. You know, he march to his own motherf***ing beat, you know?"

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Even if you're not a fan of YB's style, output, antics, or persona, you can't deny that Suge is pretty spot-on with his assessment. YoungBoy is an incredibly prolific and self-motivated artist whose discography represents a consistent grind and a hard-working mentality. Sure, he doesn't always draw from his own style, as he hopped on the rage wave recently. In addition, the 24-year-old has one more album left for this year (his fourth), so maybe that will change this conversation of influences. Regardless of what different worlds he might occupy with different material, it's clear that everything is of his own design.

Meanwhile, the "Now Who" spitter's aversion to industry figures and longstanding beefs also speak to this. He usually doesn't translate very well to to the old heads, so props to Suge for staying tapped in. Maybe this will change one day, but it's because YB's status is reaching true star levels within the game all on his own. For more news and the latest updates on NBA YoungBoy and Suge Knight, log back into HNHH.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.