2021 has extra kind to YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Granted house arrest for gun possession charges, it seems as though the universe has been looking out for YoungBoy these past few months — giving back by releasing more new music.
On Nov. 24, YoungBoy dropped “safe then sorry (Interlude)” as a YouTube-only release. The track is a soft, melancholic ballad that spans just under two-and-a-half minutes long. While YB is typically known for his “black Air Force energy” bangers or melodic cuts, “safe then sorry” is one of his more reflective and somber cuts in a long time.
The song contains three separate verses and hooks that are all repeated — opening the track with the first one that is the most brief, where he emphasizes how he needs to protect his heart from possible damage.
Gotta be hella cautious
Better to be safe than sorry
Can’t be out here unprotected, thoughtless
Still been healin’ from my pain, I’m all in“safe then sorry” — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Next, he employs the portion of bars that he does not repeat until the outro, as he tries hard to be optimistic with all the tragedy that’s occurred in his life.
Used to be ready to die, but now I wanna live my n***a (Woah)
Still got some on side but all ain’t right ’cause half my n****s gone
Diamonds bought to shine, removin’ all the darkness in the sky“safe then sorry” — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Lastly, his long-winded chorus is passionately sung, which includes him realizing he won’t be able to forget the hardships in his life, and that needs to be ready for when the next setback comes.
No need to be scared, know we gotta all go
No need for me losin’ my head, ain’t no sorrow
Gotta be ready, ready for that call, though
I’m gon’ be ready, ready for to move on“safe then sorry” — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
“safe then sorry (Interlude)” is YoungBoy’s second release in the past week, as he and his label “Never Broke Again” dropped their compilation album on Nov. 19.
Never Broke Again: The Compilation, Vol. 1 is YB’s second project of the year, as his September album Sincerely, Kentrell reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. He also earned a Grammy nomination this week for his contribution to Tyler, The Creator‘s song “WUSYANAME.” Needless to say, 2021 has brought YoungBoy unprecedented success.
Since his release from prison in late October, YB has been previewing new music on Instagram Live from house arrest, so it doesn’t look like he plans to stop dropping anytime soon.
Check out “safe then sorry (Interlude)” by YoungBoy Never Broke Again below!