Young Buck Talks 18-Month Prison Sentence and 50 Cent’s Tough Love
Obviously the Federal raid was a day you’ll probably never forget. Can you describe it for me?
The way that they actually done the raid is what really—my thing is if you guys are looking to actually come and take things that—my valuable things within the home, then I don’t see a need for you coming with all kinds of guns drawn, guns all on my kids. I had to literally grab the shotgun from one of these little agents and push him and let him know ‘If you don’t put that gun away from my child man, you gon’ have to use it on me!’ So you know, my thing was the approach was wrong and I kinda felt from the beginning this was more than just them actually coming for an IRS raid. For me, they really came on a drug raid, I’ma be honest with you. IRS seizure. It was guns drawn the minute that I opened the door, ‘Get down!’ That whole process of that. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, we’re with the IRS coming to seize your things, nah, it wasn’t like that.’ Actually they had the people to take the stuff, they were parked a mile away while they conducted the raid themselves, the agents. So you know like I say, it was shocking for me and once I realized actually what they were there for in my mind I thought it had already been handled. I was devastated, to be honest. And from there, I had actually got on the phone while they were walking around my home, taking things, I was on the phone with this attorney that ended up running off with the money. I can’t even say it was the attorney that ran off with the money, but it was the guy that worked for the attorney that ended up running off with the money, and all respect to that attorney ‘cause he just passed away and he done the utmost that he could do. It really wasn’t on him on what happened, it was dude. He didn’t get a chance to do a damn thing, but it wasn’t him. He just passed away recently, so I don’t wanna come off, you know.
During this raid, though, they find an old broken gun on your shelf, correct?
Yeah. My fingerprints was never on this weapon. When we get to this, when we speak of the gun, they found a gun that was on the shelf. First and foremost, I never had knowledge that the gun was even on the shelf. From my understanding, once I saw the gun after they brought it out, I had knowledge of it from my tour manager. My tour manager was licensed to carry the weapon at the time. When I seen it, those was my exact words, “hey, that’s my manager’s gun”, and that’s what I knew it for. Outside of that, my baby mother who came to live with me at the time, she also—and til she day she possesses a gun license, she possessed a gun license at the time of the raid. My fingerprints was never lifted from the weapon. Like I said, I had no knowledge of even—I didn’t set the weapon in there or none of that. So my fingerprints wasn’t on the weapon, the gun didn’t work from my understanding. They found bullets that were to other weapons that didn’t match bullets to other weapons that were aside that weapon. My fingerprints wasn’t on none of that! My fingerprints wasn’t on nothing. And outside of that, the gun was found inside the home. I’ve always, even ‘til this day, even with me going to the penitentiary here in a minute, I’m just confused always on the possession part. How am I possession of firearms? I understand that it’s in my home, but it wasn’t in my possession. In all honesty, it wasn’t even in my control, but I’ma wear it ‘cause I had no idea that the gun was even in my home, to be real. If we just gon’ be all the way 100 about the situation. That’s why my fingerprints not on it, that’s why my fingerprints not on nothing. Because I had a studio home at the time, and I got security guards that run around me that’s licensed guys and able to carry these weapons. So even there’s a lot of traffic when you’re running a studio, so in that situation, meaning that what I’m saying is I had literally nothing to do with the gun or the bullets. The gun wasn’t stolen. It was registered to somebody else, I thought the gun was registered to my tour manager, but it wasn’t.
The way the IRS raid happened, did it feel like it was a drug raid? Like that’s what they were really after?
I know it was. I think they thought I was something that I ain’t for whatever reasons. For whatever reasons, they thought –the music man. The things that I speak on, the lyrics, my music, the individual that I am from actually coming from those environments, the things that I speak on are actually happening on a day to day basis, and actually being able to be loved and be able to still communicate and give good direction, to be a person that even has potential to bringing somebody on— So the reason that I think it really wasn’t about the gun situation—these guys decided to indict me 8 months after they actually found the gun in the home. So 8 months after they found the gun in the home, eight months, we almost talking about a year later, out of nowhere—they indicted me 9 months later. When they done the indictment and came out to serve the warrant for the indictment, they sent the DEA, the Drug Enforcement Agent to execute the warrant. Once the guys had came—they actually pulled me over on the interstate in unmarked vehicles.
[Buck's phone cuts out.]
You were saying you got pulled over.
They had pulled me over on the intersection on the interstate, they sent the D.E.A to actually execute the warrant, and they were kind of talking to me ’cause I’m like…this is a gun charge, what is the Drug Enforcement Agency pulling me over for? That was the first…you know, that was the first thing was like…you know, first words to me , ‘Hey, we’re with the Federal D.E Agency, turn your car off.’ And I was like, ‘The D.E.A? Well, you know, what’s the problem?’ and they was like, ‘Well look.’ These were the exact words from the officers, He said, ‘You’re going with us regardless, we have a field indictment for a gun charge…. A weapon and ammunition charge.’ He said, ‘But, these next questions that I ask you, they determine the rest of your life [pause]…In prison.’ I said, ‘What you saying?’ He said, ‘The next questions I ask you, is going to determine whether you go to prison or not.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ and he named a few individuals. And I said, ‘I don’t know nothing about those individuals.’ I said, ‘I’m a celebrity, of course, you know, I may know who people are, but I don’t know what those individuals may do, or what comes along with them.’ And, you know, from there, he’s like, ‘Well, you sure this is your statement?’ and I said, ‘Look man, this is all I can give you…It’s the truth. What do you want me to do, sit her and lie on somebody else, or lie to you about something?’ I said, ‘Man look, whatever you do at this point, it looks like I’m headed to jail anyway, so go ahead.’ So from the very beginning, I realized, what my situation is—Once I realized and know, that this is not about these guns. They used the guns to basically bridge that to basically be able to you know, try to use me at the…at the things that I had no idea about, and other people that I had no idea what these people do or, you know none of that, so, my thing is that, you know, I felt as if I was considered a weak link, and maybe if they pressured me I could give them some kind of information and I have no information to give them. I’m, you know, so far away from anything that’s considered illegal, that it almost seems to me as if, you know, you guys are stupid. Look at who I am, I would be a fool, you know, to even go down the route the you guys are even thinking of. So for me, I realized, that it was going to be a real serious situation, because the agent told me out of his own mouth, the arresting agency…the arresting agent, he said, “Man, ima make sure that you go to the penitentiary.” And I tell you one thing, one of the most craziest things that I experienced in my life was sitting behind that bench a few days ago and watching the agent look at me in my eyes and gave me a smirk and a nod like, ‘I told you.’ And I know in my heart that I’m not supposed to be in prison, I think everybody even involved, fucking to the agent, the arresting agent, knows that I wasn’t supposed to be in prison. But, the fact that they weren’t able to walk away with what they thought they were able to—Well yeah, they could of given me for more…It made them really really drilled, the fact into getting a conviction out of it, a gun charge, which is absolutely ridiculous. But at the end of the day, I been put in a position…Honestly, I felt, I know I’m dealing with the situation, so for me, I felt… I felt as if, you know, Ima fight this situation, and therefor come clean, we’re gonna go and go as far as we possibly can because the truth of it is, you know, I’m not involved.
Check back with XXLMag.com for Part II of XXL’s exclusive interview with Young Buck, as he talks about being the victim of a drive-by shooting in his hometown of Tennessee, his current relationship with 50 Cent and G-Unit, being a free agent, possibly signing to Cash Money or Rick Ross’s MMG and his new music.