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Young Buck: Moving Past The Past

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Over two years have now passed since

Cashville’s finest Young Buck released his studio album Buck

The World. When speaking to him it becomes immediately clear that

he has matured during this time, perhaps unsurprisingly after having

to overcome a number of career obstacles throughout this turbulent period.

Following the constant stream of rumors circulated by a number of media

outlets, Buck wants to move past any negative preconceptions but not

before setting the record straight regarding several matters with AllHipHop.com,

as he acknowledges that to avoid certain subjects would be to ignore

the proverbial elephant in the room.

Having clearly learned a lot from his

experience in the industry so far, Buck explains how his separation

from Hip-Hop supergroup G-Unit has encouraged him to become “more

focused” as a businessman, “paying more attention to the moves that

[he] makes as an artist and as a CEO.” Following the aftermath of

the situation, he now realizes that when you are in the public eye,

you have to be a little more careful with the course of action you take.

He notes that throughout the entire sensationalized saga, “there was

a lot misconstrued and a lot of s**t tossed in the media.” Still a

self-proclaimed “street n***a,”he claims to have “become more

wise” over the past two years. “I won’t say that I’m perfect

or that I’ve done everything right out of this situation but I’ve

done more right than wrong,” Buck says proudly. “I’m man enough

to admit my wrongs and correct [them].” On that note, he is quick

to add that as an artist, he really just wants “to move beyond the

whole thing.” “It was a phase in my life that came and

went and it was good while it lasted but right now it’s about Buck.”

Never one to place a veneer over his

genuine feelings on a situation, Buck admits that the last few years

have been far from easy. Not particularly content with the sales of

his last release, Buck explains, “The second album is what they call

the sophomore jinx; it’s traditional that most artists’ second record’s

numbers are lower than their first’s numbers.” Still, drawing on

his ever-positive outlook he jokes, “Mine happened to drop but luckily

they didn’t drop as low as some of these cats out here!” After all,

as he correctly points out, “I’m still considered a platinum

artist. My first album went beyond platinum, second one gold.” Buck is hoping that labels will recognize his worth, though he states

that he is ultimately “just looking to be successful with Cashville

Records period, whether it’s independently or from a major label standpoint.”

In fact, he is moving swiftly forward toward that goal, investing all

of his energy and hard work into ‘making sure that Young Buck and

Cashville Records is the biggest movement for the years to come.’

Through his trials and tribulations

in the music business, he has certainly learned to empathize with the

unsigned or inexperienced artist. He maintains, “Instead of showing

the individual what he would need to be shown,” many so-called industry

professionals would rather “take from that individual.” As someone

who has been through all types of difficulties in this rather corrupt music industry, Buck can say with authority that “90% of this game

is made up of those type of individuals that [are] not going to show

you what you don’t know, they’re only going to take from what you

don’t know.” Still he encourages any artist that has faced the same

obstacles in this business to stay positive and persevere, as “you

have what you call karma and things of that nature tend to roll around.”

Be it due to karma or his unstoppable

grind, success is beginning to roll around again for Young Buck, as

his mixtapes are really beginning to cause a stir and gain the attention

of some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop. He proudly describes his next

album as potentially being ‘the biggest record of [his] career’

when it finally comes into fruition. Excitedly he announces, “I think

all the labels know because to be honest with you I’m getting a lot

of different phone calls that I never expected in my life.” Perhaps

not so subtlety he then adds, “Shout out to Jay-Z!” Until then,

Buck intends to flood the streets with a steady flow of quality music. “At this point I wouldn’t consider myself number one in the mixtape

game but I would consider myself definitely in the top three,” he

claims. “I’m really keeping my presence out here and I would consider

my mixtapes as almost albums. They’re actually better than half of

these rappers’ albums.”

Buck states with pride that he aims

to make each of his mixtapes “feel like a classic.” He explains, “I want people to actually anticipate my mixtapes as well as you would

an album and the only way to do that is by delivering a mixtape in that

format.” His well-received Back On My Buck S**t mixtape certainly

achieved that goal, although he feels that his latest effort Only

God Can Judge Me, hosted by Freeway Ricky Ross (the infamous 80’s drug kingpin) and DJ Bigga Rankin,

has raised the bar yet again. The tape provides a reflection of exactly

where Buck stands as both an artist and a person, mapping his growth

and development during recent times. He clearly understands the importance

of progressing as a musician, stating ‘as an artist that’s what

you’re always looking to do; you always want your next thing to be

better than your last thing.”

Through working on his mixtapes he

has also had the opportunity to learn about his own place within the

game.  “It’s just about staying consistent and staying relevant,

because a lot of mutherf**kers are just not relevant right now,” he

explains. “The blessing about being a real individual, is that all

I got to do is just make music, the reality music…[about] the real

s**t that’s going on and that’s keeping me relevant.” Exploring

this “reality music” is also allowing Buck to gain a better insight

into his own work. “I’ve found my ‘swag’ I should say,” he jokes.

The projects have allowed him to do a fair bit of lyrical conditioning

too, which is proving to be very beneficial to his career, which is

beginning to blossom once more. “To be honest right now I’m in Detroit,

about 2 miles away from Eminem’s studio, so you know my lyrical game

is getting good,’ he says excitedly. ‘”Shout out to my D12 mob n***as!”

Passion courses from the heart of his

two latest projects and when speaking to Buck, his genuine love for

Hip-Hop can’t help but shine through any preconceptions. In fact,

as he jokes, his passion for the music is not always beneficial in today’s

cut-throat industry. He exclaims, “I’m a cat that loves the music

so much that I put the music before the business and in this game it’s

90% business and 10% talent!” He explains, however, that his love

affair with the genre has its positive sides too.  “People are really

hearing more of the passion in the music, because I do my music

and speak from the heart with everything,” he continues. “You can

kind of hear my state of mind and see where I’m at by just listening

to me.” This industrious, genuine and typically-Buck approach radiates

from a number of noteworthy Only God Can Judge Me tracks, particularly “Nuthin’s Gonna Stop Me” and “That Work.”

“I won’t sit here lying, saying

I don’t have hard times. I got hard times, going through hard times,

been going through hard times but I don’t know an individual who don’t

go through it.’ Laced with real stories yet oozing his witty, charismatic

personality, Buck’s unique brand of “reality music” is creating

a dialog with his listeners, exploring the experiences that we all

face in life. “Life is not all diamonds, cars and f**king jewelry; life consists of bills having to be paid, baby mama drama,

people getting killed, babies having babies and everything else,” Buck says.

Tapes like Back On My Buck S**t

and Only God Can Judge Me are injecting the rap scene with an

overdue dose of authenticity. He explains truthfully, “I’m one of

the artists that’s pouring his heart into the music, not the next

man’s heart or the next man’s life.”

Nowadays, Buck just seeks to move past his past. The media seems largely unwilling to move away from it though, he laments. As for

his label scenario, he jokes that a “street n***a got to go the political

way about this.” He remains positive though, stating “It’ll work

itself out one way or the other you know, you’ll get an album any

minute from Young Buck. Up until then, I’m

going to be giving you a mixtape every f**king month.” He really is

trying to make his “Next move [his] best move,” Regardless of which

route he decides to travel next. Addressing previous negative media

preconceptions, he asserts, “There’s two sides to every story

and you always remember that.” Just when you thought you had this

seemingly complex web of contradictions named Young Buck figured out,

he simply drops one final enigmatic bombshell.

“My story is yet to be told.”

For more information about Buck and

his latest music and projects, go to http://iamyoungbuck.com or for bookings and inquiries please email cashvillerecords1@gmail.com.

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