YBN Almighty Jay is shedding some light on what happened to cause his former crewmates Cordae and Nahmir to drop the YBN — and he’s blaming it all on an allegedly shady attorney. In a series of recent Instagram posts, Jay pointed the finger at lawyer James McMillian and claimed he trademarked the YBN name without their consent.
“This n-gga James McMillian is a fraud,” he wrote. “He sign n-ggas to janky deals and fucks em over. Nobody knows NOTHING about the shit we go through on the daily basis being signed to this n-gga cause we cover for this n-gga and I am done with this shit.”
He added, “If y’all really wanna know why YBN broke up … trademarking the YBN name behind n-ggas back. Assigned me a lawyer he used to be engaged to without telling me. SMH. Took advantage of some kids bro.”
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The YBN (Young Boss N-gga) crew was established in 2014 after founders YBN Nahmir, YBN Almighty Jay and YBN Cordae met online. YBN Carl, Dayday, Glizzy, Malik, Manny, NickyBaandz, Walker and Coop would later adopt the YBN name as well. News the collective had dissolved arrived in August 2020 after Nahmir claimed via Twitter the other members had abandoned the crew.
“They left this YBN shit in the gutter,” he wrote at the time. “Remember that. I’ll turn it up myself. #ybnNAHMIR.”
Cordae dropped the YBN just a few days later but later said there were no hard feelings during an interview with TIDAL’s Elliott Wilson.
“Namir and Jay, those always gonna be my brothers, in real life,” he said. “Like, I think the world of them cats. Sometimes as friends, you grow apart and you have different visions for what you wanna do and that’s OK, there’s no love lost. Like I said, I think the world of them n-ggas. I love my n-gga Jay to death and yeah, that’s just that really.”
Last month, Nahmir told HipHopDX Cordae actually spoke to him about his decision to drop the YBN before he actually did it.
“He hit me, he was like, ‘Bro, I just want to do my own shit,’” Nahmir said. “I was like, ‘All right, for sure.’ It was just whatever. Like it was already to the point to where we wasn’t talking. Nobody was really talking at that point because label shit, management, older, it’s so much stuff that a old n-gga could feed to kids and it’s to make everybody feel a certain type of way too. So you understand, like we was little at the time, we’d grown as fuck now and everybody got a different mindset.”