One of the most controversial, loud rap groups in the game right now is G-Unit. It’d been a while since the entire Unit had put out a record, so it was time for someone to step up. Young Buck, the first in ’07 from the Unit to put out an album, is one of their most outspoken members. Buck has always been the total package – he truly lives the rap life. This whole thing is not an image to him; the whole persona is really him. He has a swagger about him that is undeniable, and it shows. With his new album Buck The World, you’ll find not only does he have that swagger, but he still has his pulse on the streets. Also, with people like T.I, Young Jeezy, Pimp C, The whole G-Unit family, Trick Daddy, Dr. Dre, Eminem and more on the album you can tell he’s more focused than ever to get above the grind.
Josh: Buck, What’s up? How are you? I have heard you’ve been busy, on the grind, the mixtape circuit, what has Buck been doin?
Buck: Yo man, I’ve been keeping myself out there, keeping myself relevant period. I’ve been doin’ mixtapes for real. I’ve done that whole circuit, then I was on the 2pac record, I did the Trick record. I was on the T.I. record, so I ain’t really went no where man. I have been keeping out there, keeping on the street, ya feel me? I don’t just disappear, I ain’t makin money, if I ain’t workin.
More of the Exclusice Interview With Young Buck After the Jump
Josh: With your record dropping in March, is the pressure on? I know Banks record didn’t exactly do the numbers the Unit expected.
Buck: I feel good about the music. It’s never about pressure. If it’s good music, it’s good music man. The music speaks for it’s self, and my fans know that. It’s always been my thang to stay real and stay to the streets. If 50 doesn’t sell 10 million, people say he fell off. If Banks doesn’t go 5 times platinum, people say he fell off. Most rappers might see platinum once, maybe. As the G-Unit, we go platinum everytime, so people expect shit from us. What people don’t realize is bootleggin is killin hip hop. Banks came out right before a lot of the record labels tried to control bootleggin. I ain’t makin no excuse for him, but I mean, this is all about the street. You hope those same bootleggers will go buy your shit, even if they bootlegged it.
Josh: Well does that weigh on you? Pressure to make your soundscan numbers out of this world?
Buck: My first record went 2 times platinum. Pressure and money have nothing to do with it. It’s all about the street for me. I invest my money back in the street, I do charity, I take care of my people. If I do that, people see I haven’t given up on the struggle. The only way to make music and numbers is if people feel it. You have to get real life, be real life.
Josh: So, if being real is what you have to do. What was the inspiration for “Buck The World”, and why did you have a lot of guest artists and big name producers on this one?
Buck: My inspiration is the grind. The day to day struggle I used to go through. It’s all about bein and feelin real. The reason I had so many guests on this one, and not on the first was budget. It’s real simple, bro. I brought unknown producers with me because of budget. I knew about this thing called “Re-Coop”, where the record company gives you money to make a CD, then they take that money back in the sales at the start. So my first record, I was tryin to save money, and I went double platinum. So I re-cooped quickly and was makin money almost instantly. Bigger producers ask for bigger money. With my second record, I can just blow it out and have fun. I can pay the bigger producers, and so I did. You’ll see the quality of this record is wild. So, this time I will take more to re-coop, but I know this record has more reservations, so the number are already higher.
Josh: Well since you are so focused on your album, how did you do mixtapes. It seems you did a lot of them, and had a lot of material there. Was it hard to write for one, then the other?
Buck: Nah man, I treat every song like it’s goin on my album. I don’t pre-write shit. I just go in the studio, feel the music and spit it. I don’t try to be what I’m not. I live in that moment, and it comes out hot. I want people to feel and get shit from what I do. I want them to take a song and go “Man, I feel just like that”. That makes them want to cop your shit and play it. Mixtapes come out for basically free, so it still gets me out there. I can’t half ass that shit, or people won’t come and buy your CD. Everything is important to me, why be cheap with my fans?
Josh: You aren’t only an artist, you run your own label Cashville Records. Artists like Hi-C, Lil’ Murder, D-Tay, and 2pac’s old group Outlawz are signed. You even have some of your artists on your CD. How does that float with your CD, and 50 Cent?
Buck: I always came to 50 straight. I came to him in the beginning and told him if I could put talent out there from the places I been, I would want to take that chance. He’s real cool with shit like that. He struggled too, and he loves when people come out that are hot. So, I always been honest with him, and he always helped me. Honestly though, I always wanted to help establish people. Once I showed 50 how I’d do it, he saw I was on point with what I wanted. He supported me with my shit, and I got it poppin.
Josh: So, since this record is hot. I’ve already heard it. You going on tour?
Buck: Hell yeah I am. I’m going to hit the streets the second I can. The bigger success the album is the more dates I’ll hit. The more success means a bigger tour. I gotta keep it moving that way, ya feel me? The streets are what made me, and I want to go perform for them. This is what I love to do, man.
Josh: You haven’t always been a G-Unit Soldier, you did UTP before this with Juvenile. How was that?
Buck: There is a different in time between the two. When I went to UTP, they were just trying to get established. G-Unit was already established and working. UTP was on the grind to start. I don’t regret it though. UTP was a good experience, it was more of a grind and we struggled a little more to get our music out. We toured a little harder, worked a little harder to get heard. Much respect to UTP though, I love those guys. They have a lot of talent and are established now, just when I got in. They weren’t totally out yet. G-Unit gave me a different opportunity cause they already had the work done.
Josh: So, I have to ask. I heard you and Game had a run in on All-Star weekend. Can you clear that up for everyone?
Buck: I’ve heard a lot of shit, about how I got on the stage and dissed him, or I went up there to break bread with him and make up. Neither are true man. Here, let me break it down for you. I was up in the club, chillin with my crew. Bein wild, you know how I do. Someone told me Game came up in the club, so I went to the stage. There has been 2 years of this bullshit. It is what it is, I haven’t really been in the beef. So I wanted to let him know I was up in there too. He could come down to the stage and we could let it be what it be. If he wanted to get wild, I’d get wild. If he wanted to break bread, and get money. I’ll be cool. I got no problem, with people who don’t have a problem with me. So, I wasn’t tryin to start a fight. Before anything could happen, the club flipped out and separated us. Ain’t nothing happen between us. Who knows what would have, but maybe beef ends there, and Game and I make money. But I ain’t had no problem with him.
Josh: Last question before I get you out of here. What do you say to people on the come up, tryin to get theirs?
Buck: Keep one foot in where you come from, and one hand on the pulse of where you’re from. Stay grounded, stay focused but don’t forget where you came from. They are going to be real to you, and honest to you. If you don’t stay real, and honest they know. If they know, everyone will know. So just keep your self grounded, and grind. It happens man.
Young Buck, was very candid and playful with how he spoke but he’s a determined man. Many times we were interrupted by people who knew him, or wanted to say hello to him. He took time from the interview to say hello to each person, and gave them a CD. He’s still humbled by the whole experience, and knows that it’s those people who you give time to, that really make you successful. It’s nothing and no-one else but those people. He would be willing to do anything for those fans. He works very deeply with G-Unity for charity to give back to the ghettos that are so poor that he came from. If you do like rap music, take the time to listen to his new record. His grimey southern flow is accentuated by the people he has produce, and the guest stars. Records like “4 Kings” with T.I., Young Jeezy, Pimp C and Himself, will be bangers for the year.