Whether sales are through the roof or below average,
one thing that remains constant at all times with G-Unit is drama. Minus the infamous awards show melee,
Young Buck usually plays it cool, staying below the
Now with recent allegations of members
of the crew assaulting a minor, unsanctioned truces
with enemies, and spicy hotel shootouts, the Cashville
wildcard sits a top the rap headlines right where his boss, 50 Cent
proudly held for so long. AllHipHops Streets is Talking interview
series gets the story behind the story, beginning with one of 2007s
AllHipHop.com: So lets bring it back to when you first got down with
G-Unit. What was your first impression of 50 when you met dude?
Young Buck: The same impression I got right now, [hes] a real n***a.
The s**t in life that you go through makes you who you are; hes been
through a lot of s**t and its reflected through his swagger. You know
[that] I have always respected 50 as an individual who came from what I
came from, and made it out. He put me in the position to win.
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album came out while Yayo was serving his bid. Did you ever feel like
they just let you slide in the crew for that album because Yayo got
booked? Did you ever feel it wasnt genuine?
Young Buck: Nah, I never felt like that. A lot of the world felt like
that. My career came right around Tony Yayos incarceration. So in
reality, I have been around 50 and Yayo way before Yayos incarceration
came. The world never knew that. When I was on stage, people had me
mixed up with Yayo. N***as would be like, Yayo! and I would be like
Nah, n***a, its Buck! I dealt with all that. At the end of the day,
my talent established Young Buck.
AllHipHop.com: What was it like when Yayo got home? Did he show any hate on you?
Young Buck: Nah, me and Yayo were good from the beginning, before he
had his incarceration. In fact, Yayo was one of the first muthaf**kers
telling 50, Yo, you better make that things happen for Buck. My s**t
got sped up because of Yayo.
AllHipHop.com: You were rocking 50s G-Unit spinner at the time, you
lent it to your boy D-Tay and he got stuck for the chain in Chicago.
There were some rumblings that 50 made you distance yourself from D-Tay
ever since then.
Young Buck: Nah, not at all. D-Tay signed to my label [Ca$hville
Records]; he’s on my tour bus right now. Thats been my homeboy before
rap. D-Tay is not a muthaf**ker that just came around me. Hes been put
in situations where my life was on the line and he showed up and
protected my life in real n***a situations. His situation was just one
incident, something that happened. I have never experienced anything
being taken from me. My chain got returned to me in a matter of a week.
So shout out to Chicago, they really respected Young Buck.
AllHipHop.com: Did that incident put you in an awkward situation with 50?
Young Buck: That didnt put me in no awkward position with 50, because
I never have had anything taken from me, but I felt f**ked up about
going to 50 and letting know about the situation that happened. The
chain got taken, but at the end of the day, material s**t dont really
matter to 50. The fact of why it went down and how it went down is what
means the most. And when the situation went down how it went down, I
put the weight of the problem on him [D-Tay]. You know theres certain
rules just being from the streets that you cant do. Like walking
around other n***as surroundings with a gang of ice like that and not
really knowing whos with you and s**t, dont make you in a good
position. I really weighed it out on both ends, but at the end of the
day, I had nothing taken from me. So I put forth a real street effort
on getting it back and whenever you’re a real n***a, you get real
results for anything you do, and my s**t came back.
AllHipHop.com: Okay around, this time Game joins G-Unit, what your first impression of dude?
Young Buck: Well honestly, I never met Game before I spoke on Game, so
thats a lesson I learned as handling myself with individuals for the
future. I mean Game was brought to my knowledge through 50 and he was
like Dre got an artist hes excited about, and wanted 50 to work on
his project. 50 was saying he was probably going to make him a part of
what we had going, which is G-Unit – like it would pop a little bit
quicker if 50 got behind it. So just on that strength, and all the
momentum we had, I showed some love without meeting Game. I threw out
that line, You aint a Crip like Snoop, you aint a Blood like Game. I never even met Game when I said that.
AllHipHop.com: So when you met Game face to face did you feel you spoke too soon?
Young Buck: I mean everything seemed real, like any other n***a. He
seemed cool, so you couldnt really get what you see right now. None of
that stuff Game portrays right now, there wasnt really none of that
when he first came to G-Unit. He never carried that swagger of being
this bad ass Blood or no s**t like that. He was just a n***a who
claimed his affiliation. You never really seen him throwing up any gang
signs and no s**t like that, but he kept his rag on. So out of my
respect for California, a lot of people cant just wear that red or
blue rag, so just off of that and just seeing him keep swanging it like
he was, that pretty much solidified to me that homeboy was a Blood. And
it wasnt a whole lot of respect from the streets, it was a lot of
questions, really. Like Why you say that about Game? This n***a aint
AllHipHop.com: So there werent people in Compton cosigning him?
Young Buck: Nah, there werent a lot of n***as cosigning him during time of me speaking on him.
AllHipHop.com: What really went down from your point of view when Game
was kicked out of the Unit? How did you feel about how everything went
Young Buck: Honestly, I dont know his full situation on what and how
it went down. I just know his situation was voiced from a media
standpoint. Whatever problems he had, he voiced them through radio and
just that alone right there, I think was the beginning of the problem.
Whatever problem dealing with 50 [he had], you could have had the
conversation that you had on radio with 50. So I think his plans were
already made before he got in the middle of that and pushing for his
own thing and moving towards Black Wallstreet.
But even that was stolen from JT The Bigga Figga. The whole name Black
Wall Street, thats been something of JTs for years. Im 26 years old,
Ive recorded records with JT back when I was 16, 17 and that was his
company’s name. I think that was some cold-hearted s**t. At the end of
the day, its a lot of different things that reflect Game that real
street n***as dont do. Not even to get the money, theres certain
moves you cant justify at the end. A street n***as going to make the
right moves to get his bread so hell leave cool in the streets, once
he gets to the money.
AllHipHop.com: Like blood money?
Young Buck: Straight up.
AllHipHop.com: Lets fast forward a little, you were attending the Vibe
Awards where they were honoring Dr. Dre. Allegedly, Suge Knight paid
someone to attack Dre causing a brawl where you poked someone up. Did
you ever fear retaliation from Suge after that incident?
Young Buck: Man, at this point, the thought of that doesnt really
matter. The thought is always in your mind that someone may approach
me, with that on his mind, just in general.
This is the first time I even heard it was one of Suges homies.
Theres a lot of different things coming from you that are just
different from what Ive heard. At the end of the day, Suge knows me
and how I get down, period. In a situation like that, Ill just sum it
up and tell you: put a n***a like me in anywhere where I feel like my
life or my loved ones are in danger, and Ill do whatever it takes to
AllHipHop.com: What were Dres feelings in regards to what you did to the dude?
Young Buck: Dre was pretty much focused on his money, he dont really
give a f**k about none of this s**t. At the end of the day, I dont
think he appreciated what went down. He was being presented an award
and his wife was there. So I think Dre been through realer things in
his life, so it was nothing that affected Dre. It was a brush off the
shoulder thing for him.
AllHipHop.com: Around that time everyone is questioning 50s street
credibility. A lot of people were calling him a snitch. Do you think
what he did with that song Ghetto Quaran was a form of dry snitching?
He was putting all these OGs from Queens business on wax without any
Young Buck: I dont classify it as dry-snitching, especially [when
these issues were] already known in the city. I just think its just
pretty much 50 bringing those situations to light, using a talent that
was God-given, which is rap. I mean, if it was situations that n***as
didnt know about it and a n***a talk on, then thats what you consider
dry-snitching, but the situations he spoke on are New York legendry
street s**t. So n***as getting this dry-snitching s**t all twisted up.
50s situation is already wrote, my n***a.
AllHipHop.com: So the second round of the G-Unit artist albums come
around. Mobb and Banks didnt sell as much as everyone expected. How
was the vibe then knowing you were coming up next?
Young Buck: Man, I never really thought about a record sale in my life,
so Im not going to start to now because thats how everyone in the
media looks at the game. Ive always been in this music for the classic
material thats going to live on for years. If you follow Young Buck,
my first album Straight Out Of Cashville was a classic, and this one, Buck The World is getting considered pretty much as another one.
If youre smart enough to budget your albums and stay under that one
word that all of these rappers forget about which is recoup, youll
be able to succeed through any type of record sales that you may have.
Im the type of n***a that recouped from the first project where I
didnt owe Interscope or G-Unit a dime. So going into this project, I
was fresh not owing nobody nothing. Its about the knowledge the artist
has to feel in order that I feel. Its about making classic material
period, the whole low record sales are due to n***as making un-classic
material. If you dont make an album thats worth someone buying your
CD for 15 dollars, then thats on you.
My first week was 140,000, somewhere around there. It was enough to
make me have the number one rap album in the country. I came out
amongst MIMS, and Lil Flip and all these other dudes. Speaking of
MIMS, he had 14,000 spins at radio and I had 1,400 and I was able to
come out and double his sales. From his sales to mine, I doubled up on
MIMS, I should say. So I know in this industry, it aint about how many
spins you got at radio or all that s**t; its about delivering classic
material. So holla at me six months later when Im at a million sold,