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Young Buck, Live Loyal Die Rich

Poking his head out of G-Unit album purgatory, Young Buck made a return to the mixtape circuit this week. Ever since 50 Cent became hellbent on debilitating his former foot soldier’s livelihood, Buck hasn’t been able to mimic the success from his first two LPs. After a confusing number of supposed titles and release dates for a mixtape, Buck finally dropped the curiously titled Live Loyal Die Rich (Oh, the irony).

Cringe-worthy titles aside, the Cashville rapper seems self aware of his own fall from grace, rapping, “I made a lot of money, I blew my whole advance, people stole from me, but now I understand,” on the appropriately titled opener “2nd Chance. The Clean Up Man’s southern growl is still in prime form, and he lets it loose on the shit talking, “Think They Know,” a bouncy cut via Tennessee producer Drumma Boy. The crown jewel of the mixtape is “Drug Related,” a harsh and vivid depiction of Nashville trap life with nightly news headlines woven in throughout.

The mixtape isn’t without it’s regrettable moments. The electro-tinged dance record “Car Clowdy” has no place backing Buck’s gruff bark. Accompanied by Evanesence-esque vocals and a guest spot from the Outlawz, it’s an awkward affair throughout. Additionally, the production on here is a far cry from what Buck was rhyming over during G-unit’s heyday, helping bolster the platinum selling Straight Outta Cashville and Buck the World. Buck doesn’t have the same quality of musical resources at his disposal anymore, and it’s evident. Ultimately, while Live Loyal Die Rich is not a perfect return, it’s still refreshing to hear from Young Buck again, and see that he’s back on his buck shit. —Neil Martinez–Belkin (@Neil_MB)

  • TUNAPHISH

    There are so many spelling mistakes in this review. Come on XXL, step your game up.

  • 4twenty3sixty5

    this mixtape title is so contradictive.. young bitch isn’t loyal and sure as hell ain’t dieing rich ahahaha

  • Edmonton AB, Canada

    This mixtape is a XL at least, Buck went in hard and only with his Cashville friends for beats and features.

    Beats 3/5
    Lyrics 5/5
    Originality 4/5

    Also 50 Cent, n*gga 2 n*gga right now.. your a real b*tch for what you did with Buck and that whole contract issue. Its funny now how Interscope doing the same to you, you sucka ass n*gga aha.

    • $yk

      If you truly knew anything about the industry and contracts….you would know that Universal had the chance to buy Buck’s contract from 50 and they didn’t….anyone remember when Universal swapped Fab & Jada so Jada could sign to Def Jam?

      anyone remember when Cam’Ron sold Juelz’ contract back to Def Jam? Juelz hasn’t done anything in the same timespan as Buck AND he has his freedom to do so…they knew once the IRS & 50 got paid from Buck they would wait forever for the return on their investment…the publishing percentages (Buck’s royalties off those old “hits”) don’t add up for company…

      now David (Young Buck name is for sale) could pull a “Tity Boi”…Cashville Dave don’t sound bad at all…make more “Drug Related” songs and get back on…but YOUNG BUCK IS DEAD…

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  • Not a hater just a fan with a honest critique

    ya i’ve been waiten on a new buck mixtape but this review is right on the only good songs are 2nd chance and drug related

  • http://Xxlmag.Com Da Big D

    Im just Glad Y.B. Back In Diz B!tch!!!. H8 It/Luv it:BUCK DA WORLD

  • GP

    Car Clowdy is great imo. It offers something different. I don’t think Buck is out of place on it.

  • IROC

    ITS XL/ BUCK HAD THE MOST TALENT IN G UNIT AND 50 FEAR ONCE BUCK COME OUT THAT BULLSHIT CONTRACT ITS OVER FOR 50 LAME AZZ

  • Dazz

    ya this mixtapes is deff a XL

  • Joe

    If Buck is and was so weak then why did 50 feel he had to hold him back with the contract and hate on him???? He just sued Buck in 2011 for $10,000,000!!!

    Wasn’t Buck the one who stabbed dudes for the click??? And he gets treated like that because this “David” Ruffin Azz N!gga!!!” starts acting sidewayz and Buck said something about it??? I would have too and you would have as well.

    YOU CAN TELL WHEN YOUR BOSS IS SIDEWAYZ OR STRAIGHT UP WITH YOU AT YOUR JOB!!!! 50 was on that 8th grade Sh!t.

  • BooRae

    @ TUNAPHISH … maybe it’s just YOU who can’t spell. I see very few to no spelling mistakes in this article. It may not be well written, but few spelling errors. And NOTHING like those so-called writers of SOHH.com.

  • jr88

    does everyone forget what buck did to 50, everybody hears the shot but they never hear the smack…buck was mad disrespectful… 50 was even wearing your clothing line trying to promote it( hold on music video) and he made you pres of gunit south…50 cant hold this mans hand all his life…he blew his money and said fuck g unit…..when shit hits the fan you get to know who your true friends are and 50 learned that quick…. and when gunit was falling buck wanted to be “cool” and join the gunit hate so he said fuck gunit and trashing them….smh

  • Pacer

    This was underwhelming to say the least.

  • Hannya

    This site stays sucking 50 Cent’s dick so why wouldn’t they shit on this review?? No credibility.

  • Peedi

    Buck showed love to the city on this mixtape Cashville stand up plenty of talent in the city Buck just brought it to yall attention so open your ears people

  • BIGBRAD

    Definitely XL

  • MoDeals

    I agree…the magazine reviews hold very little credibility now-a-days. This magazine has demonstrated time and time again that it is incredibly bias and readers can definitely pick that up when reading that brief review. All personal matters aside…the mixtape was a decent effort and there were quite a few jewels on it…looking forward to the Maybach Music/Young Buck effort.