Young Buck Interview
|Label:||Real Talk Ent./Cashville Records|
|Next Project:||Buck the World|
|Twitter:||Young Buck on Twitter|
|Website:||Young Buck's Website|
After achieving platinum plus record sales on his debut album, Straight Outta Cashville, G-Unit rapper Young Buck is back with his sophomore LP. Entitled, Buck The World, the project drops on March 20th and includes guest features from Young Jeezy, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Trick Daddy and many more. DJBooth.net’s DJ “Z,” hooks up with Young Buck to discuss his new material, the start of his own record label, his legal battles while outside the studio and what lies ahead for the mixtape scene.
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DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on ya’ll, it’s your Boy Z doin’ it real big on DJ Booth.net and on the phone with me repin’ Cashville, Tennessee, with the G-G-G-G-Unit, Young Buck. What’s good man?
Young Buck: This is G-Unit from the South, Cashville, Tennessee. That’s me, 615 man, that’s what it’s about right now. I’m holdin’ it all the way down, to the streets. Buck The World is comin’ out on March 20. They wouldn’t let me name the album Fuck The World. It- is-what-it-is and that’s the way I got this. I’m the clean up man.
DJ Booth: Buck, what is difference between this album compared to that of your first G-Unit release, Straight Outta Cashville?
Young Buck: Aw man, the energy’s still there. You’re gonna get the same energy that you always have, but the concepts of the record have a lot more meaning. I’ve been goin’ through a lot of different things for survival—getting’ pulled over for some bullshit and beatin’ the Gun Case in New York. It gives me fuel. It’s like fuel to the fire. I always feel like the only way people can be a true fan of your music is through your real life experiences. There are issues they know, but there are other issues they don’t know about. For me everything is based on my real life—I always feel like people can pull somethin’ from the music, the verses—from their own situation. Say if they goin’ through it or they know someone goin’ through it—-or they just don’t want to go through it. I understand what’s really goin’ on and that’s the image behind my music. Lyrically I think I’ve expanded a lot. I opened up the dictionary… so you gonna catch a lot of bigger words. I can grow as an artist, but stay the same as a person. They love me for me. I’m stickin’ to the ropes, but I’m always doin’ somethin’ different with the music. It’s gonna show March 20, I guarantee that.
DJ Booth: I bet it will. You name dropped a few incidents that happened during your free time, that set up the inspiration for your new material. But looking ahead towards your third album, wouldn’t you rather prefer that none of this happened, and your inspiration comes from somewhere else?
Young Buck: No, honestly bro, I feel like the things that you go through in your life make you who your are—so I wouldn’t change nothin’ I’ve been through in my life period, because I feel like the person I am today, as Young Buck, is who I am now. Young Buck is the Motha’ Fucka’ that represents the struggle. I represent the po’ people in the projects. You know what I’m sayin’? I gotta way of getting through to the people who are lost, and don’t know about this. It’s the po’ people in the projects. I gotta keep them in mind. We gotta make them well off—so that’s my push—my direction regardless. Everything aint serious in life, so you get the real life part of Young Buck like what’s goin’ on with today’s’ time more or less. I’m not speakin’ on the past, not just lyin’. These motha’ fuckas gotta understand that when they get Young Buck they gettn’ the truth—and they gettin’ what’s goin’ on.
DJ Booth: Stayin’ current with what’s real… A lot of your industry friends jumped on this new album. ATL strongholds Young Jeezy and T.I. are just a few. Who do you feel helped overall to preserve your aggressive feel on this album?
Young Buck: Linkin’ Park!
DJ Booth: Linkin’ Park? Really?
Young Buck: Yeah, I like workin’ with fuckin’ Linkin Park. I like Chester Bennington. Man, everybody showed up for my album. Everybody that you see featured on this album are people I have relationships with outside of music. There’s no emailing the records and stuff. We came in the studio together. This is an album, that you very seldom see put together, because there are a lot of albums where the rap artists are used to emailin’ the record off, and things of that nature. That’s what made the album come about in the game, and there’s a lot of artists that I respect, and they respect Buck. They reached out to me, and I accepted everything, and what I did was combine a lot of my features, so that I still got room for my own work. So you gonna get a lot of features, like me with Snoop Dogg and Trick Daddy, me with 8-Ball and MJG and Bun B. But you’re still gonna get a lot of Young Buck, because I combine my features.
DJ Booth: So you are you are own A & R?
Young Buck: You got that right, and I’m gonna continue to be—
DJ Booth: That’s how you’ve gotta do it!
Young Buck: That’s what its about here in the streets, keepin’ it real and nobody behind no desk. I don’t give a fuck about who it is at this point and time, you tell me nothin’ about what’s goin’ on with my music, because I’m spendin my life out here in the I came from the hood and lived an illegal life but I would be a fool to so that’s how I stay grounded. But I’m from the ghetto life instead of being successful and runnin’ away [like a lot of artists] I choose to keep close to base. But seein’ these kids runnin’ around in they pampers, while they momma on crack—now that’s another thing to go through. I can roll with my family, to the park. I just buy all the kids ice cream and shit.
DJ Booth: I’m sure it’s a real humbling experience goin’ back to where you grew up, knowing that you have the capability, as a recording artist [which has put you in a good situation being business minded], to give back to your community. You started your own record label Buck, Cashville Records, and you just inked my man C-BO from the West Coast. Talk about it all.
Young Buck: Basically, my plan is to get it off the ground. I’m an independent hustlin’ rapper and I come from selling albums at 10 bucks a piece. You do the math. In this music business and in this major label business they greedy, they don’t cut you a lot a slack or points on your records or give you a lot of money off your record. I’m pretty much thinking’ I’m gonna take my label [first with C-Bo] though Koch Records, and then my other group 615 (which is a group that consists of myself, HC and DT) will be shopped to a major.
DJ Booth: Buck, don’t you think it’s kind of ironic that a lot of artists in the industry, 50 included, laugh at artists going to Koch, and they happened to churn out some of the most financially successful albums over the past year?
Young Buck: Yeah, I think a lot of artists are just now getting’ smart, where I have always been smart. At the end of the day I think a lot of artists are trying to get their own companies off the ground. Either you’re financially successful or your not—I had a million sold [on this last album] and I wanna do 1 million independent… because people don’t think it can be done. I’m always up for a challenge, It’s never been heard of independently, and they about to hear it.
DJ Booth: The best of luck to you in that venture over the course of the next year musically. Now this coming year…Will G-Unit be resurrected this coming year? What do you project [in terms of sales on this album,] for it to be deemed successful?
Young Buck: Aw man, I don’t put no number on it. I know in my heart I will be successful. A lot of people don’t respect the streets. The streets are the judge right now. I was even bootlegged 30 days before the release of my last album, and still came out the number one Rap Album. If it wasn’t for country ass Tim McGraw And R. Kelly I would have been number one overall.
DJ Booth: In the wake of DJ Drama and Don Cannon being arrested and indicted for racketeering… How is this going to affect the rap scene, and the mix tape scene?
Young Buck: I really think there’s no stoppin’ DJ Drama, there’s no stoppin’ DJ Drama at all. I think the people are supportin’ DJ Drama, in all this, and everything else, because I think they understand that there is really no wrong-doing in the situation. It’s just that he’s been successful in doin’ what he’s doin’. I think at this point, its all about this Hip-Hop Police Task Force—-whose investigating’ anything and everything, in Hip-Hop. They tryin’ to find any issue, and make it a big deal. I think it’s gonna be all right as long as we continue to support DJ Drama and everything in the Hip-Hop world. And I think they understand the situation. Even the record labels gotta get behind DJ Drama, let the government know that’s some bullshit. I wish all the best for Drama. I stand behind him 200%. I’m one of those fuck-the-feds-type-of-dudes.
DJ Booth: I can believe that… after all, he’s the one doing all the promotional leg work. All these major artists are crying: “This is why my album is not selling.” And Drama is doing all of the leg work, as well as the other mixtape DJs. You mentioned the Hip Hop Task Force; do you feel like you’ve been a target? Do you feel like you’ve had a red bull’s eye on your back, based on what you’ve experienced the last couple of years?
Young Buck: Well, I know basically just being successful they pay attention. But on my end, I keep myself clean. That’s my game, without havin’ no bullshit on me or around. I give them no reason, no reason, to fuck with me. At the end of the day they just wastin’ there time and mine. I just stay right, I don’t have the time. I’ve got a little girl to raise now. I definitely have no time for the Hip-Hop Police.
DJ Booth: I agree with you completely, and you’ve got bigger things, because on March 20th you have an album drop. Any last thoughts? Any thing you want to say to everybody?
Young Buck: Just pay attention man. I’m God’s best friend. I’ll open the gates for you, if you’re good to Buck. I got my album coming out on March 20th—I also represent the po’ people in the projects. I also represent the powerful people. I’m a gangsta to the graveyard. All of you might see me in your neighborhood.
DJ Booth: See, I already new about your relationship with God, that’s why I got you on the phone today. I figure, I’d be good with you, and then with the man upstairs.
Young Buck: Z, you got to be good now!
DJ Booth: Exactly—Why don’t you go on ahead and give your web address, or Myspace, so people can log on, find out more about you, and this upcoming release.
Young Buck: Aw man, you can find me at Myspace/Young Buck. You can download my new single “Get Buck.” It is the biggest record I have done, in my entire career. They comparing me to 50 Cent, “In the club,” so follow me man, it’s for real. It’s the biggest album.
DJ Booth: The best of luck to you in this endeavor.