I'll do an interview with you every day if you want to! Everything is
fucking good with me, straight up. I'm beautiful, bro. I'm feeling good.
comfortable with how things are moving for your sophomore album Buck the
is moving right and it looks like my album is going to drop on the date
they say it's going to drop on, November 28. I'm just real comfortable
with this record. I got to get in my own zone, my own domain. I recorded
most of it in my studio. I recorded my first album on the Roc the Mic
tour so it was almost a rushing thing with that one. I was blessed to
establish platinum success on that and I got to let people know
where I'm from. This album, there's pretty much no limit. That's why it's
named Buck the World. They wouldn't let me name it Fuck the World. I learned
a lot on this record. I worked with Dr. Dre on three tracks. Eminem produced
something on there. I worked with Jazze Pha. I worked with Lil Jon, Hi-Tek,
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Akon and others. There are more features on this
record than any other G-Unit record. I have a TI, Young Jeezy and Pimp
C all on one record. I have another one with Bun-B, 8Ball and MJG. I have
a record with me, Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy together. I have another
song with the whole G-Unit. I put a lot of my features all on one record
to make room for my own solo record. I catered to the ladies a little
more on this record than I did on the first record. The only song I really
had for the females on the last record was "Shorty Wanna Ride."
I'm going to keep them panties wet on this record.
have a lot to prove on this record?
I feel like
I just have to do me. I just have to do me. That's how I feel about everything.
I feel like if a person feels they have something to prove, then in a
sense they're trying to outdo themselves. I let the game come to me. I
live every day like it's my last one but I don't feel like I have nothing
to prove, music-wise. I feel like I have a job to do to make the music
to the best of my abilities.
the most respected MC out of G-Unit?
I have to
give it to Banks. To me, Banks is one of the most lyrical cats I've ever
came across in my whole life. I'm more like, I don't give a fuck. Banks
is more laid-back. Look at the words he puts together. It's like, Where
the fuck did you get that from? I've always looked up to Banks on the
lyrical side. And his age, Banks is younger than all of us. I give that
to Banks. A lot of people say I'm the best and I thank them for that,
but I give that title to Banks.
you feel when fans who hate G-Unit like you?
Man, I deal
with that shit every day. To me, if you love me, you love G-Unit because
I am G-Unit. When I say I am G-Unit, I am a fucking full member of G-Unit.
It takes more than one to make G-Unit. G-Unit consists of me, 50 Cent,
Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks. As far as a label, there's also Spider Loc,
Mobb Deep, Olivia, MOP and Hot Rod. I just try to do me and I think my
personality wins people over because I let motherfuckers touch my hand.
You're not going to see me with a million security guards around me. I'm
not one of those motherfuckers who's going to be scared to kick it with
people. That's not what I'm about. That right there I think draws people
into me. As far as my hood and my city go, they appreciate me having success
and still being here. I'm in the projects right now with my homeboys.
They really appreciate that and I appreciate them loving me that way.
I can't see myself ever leaving no matter how much money I get.
first got joined G-Unit, did you not feel like a full member?
I feel like I'm an official member of the family and I feel like I'm carrying
a lot of weight. In the beginning I think a lot of people felt like I
was filling in for Yayo. It confused a lot of fans because they were used
to hearing Yayo on the mixtapes and here comes this cat named Young Buck.
I had to really work the game and show the hip-hop world what I could
do. I even had to prove myself to Interscope. I came out with Straight
Outta Cashville and maintained the best rap album in the country for two
weeks straight. I would have had the No. 1 album in the country if it
wasn't for Tim McGraw's country ass. I feel like I made them pay more
attention to me so I can accept a phone call from Jimmy Iovine and be
like, Whaddup, partner?
not nowhere near where I'm trying to be. I'm just now getting my feet
wet. I'm trying to bring other artists to the game. I got Cashville Records/G-Unit
South. My artists officially signed to the label go by the names of Lil
Murda, D-Tay and Hi-C. They formed the group 615. That's the area code
of my hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. I'm on the move. I have a lot of
different movie scripts I'm going over. I have a couple of clothing stores
we're building in my city as well as Cashville Chicken and Waffles. It's
moving and who knows what the world holds next? The future holds a lot
for me and I'm out here trying to figure out what it is.
of artists are you looking for?
I like talent.
I believe in checking report cards. What I mean by checking report cards
is that a lot of rappers basically lie about a lot of shit. I believe
in checking report cards, meaning that you are who you say you are, you're
from where you say you're from and you do what you say you do. I believe
in promoting reality no matter if it's R&B music or rap music. As
long as the artist is comfortable with the music they're putting out and
it matches up to their lives, then we have a deal. You don't have to be
the greatest MC or singer to be the most real. You can grow that shit.
It's having that real-life shit that attracts me.
Game's report card have been checked more thoroughly?
my end, it should have. I think 50 probably should have checked out who
he was dealing with. Game's deal came about through Dr. Dre. Success was
coming with Beg 4 Mercy and Dre had a lot of artists that he was backing
and it was only right to let Game be a part of our momentum because of
what was going on. Game became a part of G-Unit from Dr. Dre's word and
50's loyalty to Dre. I don't know too many people who would say no to
been continuously dissing G-Unit. Do you pay attention?
I never do.
I never even listen to them, I just hear about them. I heard there's one
where he's supposedly dissing me. I don't hear them because there's nothing
in them that he could actually say about me in his raps to make me really
go do something to him. Everything I've done has been real. My ghetto
report card is straight. It ain't hard to figure out how I get down. I
think when another motherfucker devotes their energy to responding to
someone else, it means their music was actually speaking on something.
There's nothing he can say about me.
once to Game and then Game never talked about you again. Is Game scared
Down South. I am born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I don't have
anyone out here except my mother or sister. My family is all out there
so in a sense, the best way for me to put this without getting indicted
is that I'm out there for real, where he's from. Shit could get real fucked
up for real. I ain't to be fucked with. I'm protecting my life. That's
the best way I can say it.
double platinum on Straight Outta Cashville. Can Buck the World do better?
I think it's
going to really, really exceed that double platinum mark. My first album
was bootlegged thirty fucking days before it dropped. I still went gold
in two weeks. If my album was delivered on time and wasn't bootlegged,
you'd be looking at 50 numbers. People have to pay attention to what the
fuck this dude is going to say on this album. Even if you get me on bootleg,
you still have to go out and get the album. That's how 2Pac and Biggie
were. You would get the bootleg just to hear it and then you'd go and
get the official. You had to have that. You instill that by making good
material every time. Hopefully this is an album that does that. By my
junior album, hopefully they understand that everything you get from me
is going to be good. I put my heart in everything.
hear from me on mixtapes is for the mixtapes. My album is going to be
totally brand-new material for you. I feel like when people spend money
on an album they're not spending that money to hear a song they already
heard on the mixtapes. I believe in making new material and I can make
mixtapes and do Gangsta Grillz and put my other music on there. I worked
with DJ Drama and I worked with Jamie Foxx and DJ Whoo Kid. I'm expecting
an invitation from the Mixtape Awards this year because I'm damn-sure
playing my part and I got the streets on lock. This is a real fucking
nigga and he's real serious about making this shit happen.
the heavy bootlegging, are you satisfied with how Straight Outta Cashville
than happy with that album. I think that's the best opening record I could
have done. I got my title from NWA. That was their first album and it
showed what they were about. That's what I'm trying to do. This is a country
music city and people didn't even know hip-hop lived here. I've been an
underdog for a lot of reasons, from my city to my crew already having
their notoriety. I've been an underdog all around and I still am. There
are no points to prove. Just follow me and I'm going to let the music
do the talking.
ever going to lose the underdog mentality?
at the end of the day, if you take the streets away from me, then you
lose Young Buck. As long as you have a project in the ghetto and the streets,
then I'm never going to lose that mentality. I come from nothing, bro,
and I made something. A lot of people say, I made it out of the hood.
I say, Damn, it feels good to have my bills paid. I'm still in the hood,
every day that I'm available to be. I keep one foot in and one foot out.
When you come up in the black community and you become successful, if
you take both feet out then you will not be able to come back without
having problems and having the people reject you. The people love me for
not leaving. I know where my love is at. The day I leave that I know my
love will stop. I can't go nowhere.
you think of how Mobb Deep's Blood Money did?
of shocked myself. That was a good album. That was one of the best Mobb
Deep albums I ever heard and I'm a true Mobb Deep fan. A lot of Southern
artists don't relate to East Coast artists, but if there is one crew I
related to it's them. It's an honor to be around them now. It's almost
a disappointment looking at the sales. 50 structured us where even if
the music doesn't sell, niggas are still paid and more than fucking happy.
We don't deal with the problems of the hunger pains other artists have.
When the stomach is grumbling, that's when the problems come. 50 keeps
us fucking fed. He keeps us overfed. Even if we're waiting for our album
to come out, we're still full. You can come up with your best material
and not have to worry about anything.
Deep's sales worry you about Buck the World's potential sales?
No, not at
all because at the end of the day, the momentum comes from the artists
themselves. At the end of the day, the music is going to do what God grants
it to do. I'm established with the Man upstairs, Jesus Christ himself.
Get established with Jesus Christ. I'm good with the Man upstairs so I'm
always going to be good. If it doesn't work, I'll work to get where I
need to be. I feel like I'm God's best friend and I haven't even read
the Bible yet.
done some work with Lil Scrappy and he is affiliated with G-Unit. What's
your relationship with him?
homeboy. The chemistry is really there. Scrap is around me a lot outside
of the hip-hop world. We hang as just homeboys. That plays a part when
we go in and make music together. "Money in the Bank" is doing
real good for him. His project consists of 50 Cent and Lil Jon collaborating.
It's a good look for him and I think he's got a lot of energy. At the
end of the day, his heart is in the music game so I really feel good about
how he's going to do.
worked with Hot Rod yet?
No, I haven't
actually sat down with him yet. I'm trying to figure out what track we're
going to collaborate on for his album. Right now it's all about Buck.
He's in the kitchen cooking up his shit making sure it's right.
was a picture of you wearing a shirt with a knife that said, Don't Make
Me Do It. What kind of feedback did you get from that?
It was pretty
much all good. Motherfuckers understand that whole situation. The only
reason God allowed me to walk away from it was because I wasn't going
in there to start nothing. I was there to check out the fine women and
win my award like any other star would be doing. It put me in a situation
where I had to act. I saw Dr. Dre tangled up and he shouldn't be tangled
up with nobody. He's got too much respect and too much money. That's how
I feel about that situation. Shit happens and you get what you get. I
got probation out of that shit and it cost me a lot of money. If your
bankroll ain't right, don't do it. If I could rewind it I probably wouldn't
do it. That cost me a lot of money to stay out here.
you showed you were loyal.
right, but I didn't go looking for that shit. I'm thankful it panned out
the way it did. I was just looking to fucking hold it down.
you think about the 50/Diddy beef?
Diddy's funny to me. I don't really have anything to say because I don't
know him to speak on him personally. He's just a funny cat to me. As far
as his situation goes, if you have an artist and you have contracts that
are holding up that artist and you have no use for the artist and the
artist doesn't want to be a part of what you're doing, then he should
be released. I don't know Diddy and 50 Cent's situation. I stay away from
the shit and I just come when that shit is about to bubble and run over
the top. I come to the shit before it blows up.
ever a time when you were going to hop in?
Nah. 50 had
an issue with Diddy and he voiced his opinion. Diddy didn't say anything
about Young Buck. From my understanding their situation got ironed out.
your focus going to be from now until Buck the World drops?
from now until Buck the World drops, my focus is on promoting this album
and letting everybody know it's one of the best albums to drop. I'm ready
for Hollywood and for some acting and movie roles. I want to use this
album to help get Cashville Records off the ground and get my artists
off the ground. I want to help make them successful. The only way to do
that is to do it myself.
Cashville's releases come out on Aftermath?
in going somewhere where it's the best actual situation for me as a label
and my artists. It's really not, at the end of the day, based only on
the money. It's about the best deal.
do you have for up-and-coming MC's?
P-U-S-H. Be focused on your material and be careful what you put your
name on. Mean what you say and try your best to revolve your music around
reality no matter how much motherfuckers may switch the game up. Base
your music around reality and you'll last longer. Dances get old and people
don't want to do dances no more, but people never get tired of hearing
"Brenda's Got a Baby." I got thirty Brenda's in my projects
that have a baby. Make your music around reality, push and be careful,
straight up. And don't stop at the stop signs and run all the red lights
and holler, Fuck the police when they pull up beside you.
the best advice 50 ever gave you?
the weed you can, Buck. (laughs) Nah, the best advice he gave me was that
the people who can play a big part in your life don't have to grow up
around you. Some of the people who play the biggest part of your life
may have never spent time where you're at. My trust factor with people
was real low after Cash Money.
you want to say to everybody?
pot, man made beer. Who do you trust?