YoungBoy Never Broke Again is putting his label on blast.
Fresh off the release of his new mixtape Colors, the rapper resurfaced to accuse Atlantic Records of blackballing him by removing the project from streaming services.
“Why black ball me I’m the good guy,” he wrote on his YouTube Community page. “I was going #1 two weeks straight with a mixtape so they took it down off the charts I don’t give a f**k you still can’t stop me.”
Colors was released on Jan. 21 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The 20-track deluxe edition is no longer available on Apple Music for unknown reasons, but it is currently streaming on Spotify.
YoungBoy, who is currently on house arrest in Utah, also told other artists not to sign with Atlantic. “Don’t sign to atlantic if you artist they not gone support you especially if you live a certain way,” he added.
NBA Youngboy Disses Atlantic Records and Speaks on Being Blackballed pic.twitter.com/JPpnxqWAxr
— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) February 1, 2022
His fans shared their support for him by launching a petition demanding that Atlantic release him from his contract and return his masters.
“His music is not promoted by the label, and he is not assisted in any way by that label (Atlantic Records),” wrote the petition organizer. “They simply sit and collect money. We need a change right now; WE are sick of labels exploiting their artists and refusing to let them out of their cheap contract that they signed when they were younger…”
— Zion Smith (@ZionSmi80019446) February 1, 2022
Just this week, YoungBoy reached a new milestone as 20 of his albums have charted on the Billboard 200 since 2017. The only act to chart more albums is the Grateful Dead with 35.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again has now charted 20 albums on the #Billboard200 in his career—all since 2017.
The only act to chart more albums on the ranking since then is @GratefulDead (35).
— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) January 31, 2022