NBA Youngboy has had enough of YouTubers swiping his content for their page.
According to HipHopDX, the Louisiana native took to his Instagram page to demand Atlantic Records — his label — ban the use of his music in reaction videos.
“Atlantic ban my music from all YouTubers – get a real job,” NBA YoungBoy wrote.
In my opinion, for what it’s worth, the Baton Rouge-based rapper has — quite literally — millions, if not billions, of reasons to feel the way he does about people using his music without writing him a check. As one of the most successful artists on the platform, he has a vested interest in keeping things copacetic.
With that said, let’s take a look at his YouTube numbers.
NBA YoungBoy: By the Numbers
According to Chart Data (via HipHopDX), NBA YoungBoy is the second-most streamed artist on YouTube as of 2022, after he fell just a hair behind Drake. Champagne Papi edged out the “Right Foot Creep” rapper from the top spot when he dropped “Certified Loverboy,” and ultimately took home the top streaming crown with a whopping 1.4 billion YouTube streams (NBA YoungBoy, meanwhile, had 1.3 billion streams on the popular video platform).
Most streamed artists this year so far in the US:
#1 @Drake 1.4B
#2 YoungBoy Never Broke Again 1.3B
#3 @taylorswift13 1.2B
#4 @theweeknd 1.1B
#5 Juice WRLD 1.1B
#6 @kanyewest 840M
#7 @Eminem 710M
#8 @KodakBlack1k 660M
#9 @rodwave 660M
#10 @MorganWallen 640M
— chart data (@chartdata) March 10, 2022
His Prior Success
Back in April 2020, AfroTech reported that NBA Youngboy was one of the most successful YouTube stars on the platform. At that time, it was revealed that he’d been YouTube’s top-streamed star since 2019, and he did it all without fancy marketing gimmicks or buying up followers.
The numbers, at the time, were also quite interesting: NBA YoungBoy was the top streamed artist in the United States with just over 48 million views on his most popular video, and he had nearly seven million subscribers.
Just three years later, NBA YoungBoy’s most popular video (“Drug Addiction”) has more than 30 million views, and he has more than 11 million subscribers on his YouTube page.
How Much Does NBA YoungBoy Make from YouTube Streams?
According to a tweet by DJ Akademics (so, take it for what it’s worth), NBA YoungBoy makes nearly $17 million per year just from his YouTube content. This number doesn’t take other streaming platforms — like Spotify — into account.
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