Since his surprise breakout in the last few years with viral sensations “38 Baby” and “So Long,” Youngboy Never Broke Again or NBA Youngboy as he’d once been known, remains a figure of controversial reputation and impressive capabilities. In the rush to greatness, he’s offered a constant outpouring of music across several mixtapes and a debut album that has inspired many to place him at the top of his generation of street rappers. However, Youngboy is a rapper whose tunes feel like moody wallowings, leaving you to sift your way through a sea of tracks with morose content and details. Hits, when they happen, are obvious bangers that captivate and become anthems but in a lot of the murkier material there’s still some real gems.

Here at Hotnewhiphop, we’ve assembled 10 cuts that help give newer listeners a deeper picture, and longtime fans a reminder of the less often cited cuts, as to what made people so invested in this rapper. You have tracks with introspective soul-searching and plenty of menacing boasts, that can range from the bluesy and the soulful to real get buck and get beat-down bangers that simply weren’t in the spotlight when he had it. Take a look and a listen at some of the more raw selections in the career of Youngboy Never Broke Again.