Young Buck
Look At Me

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It’s a cold, rainy February night in New York, and David “Young Buck” Brown is seeking attention. Outside the NYC hotspot Club Stereo, leaving a listening session that was more like a party, Buck leans his entire torso out the window of a jet-black Suburban as it skates off on the slick concrete. Apparently, he has something important to get off his chest.

“Buy my album! March 27!” He shouts. “And always remember: Fuck the police!”

Buck’s in a good mood. Boasting bombastic tracks like “Say It to My Face” and “Buss Yo’ Head” and the tuba-driven thwomp of first single “Get Buck,” his sophomore G-Unit album, Buck the World, just had a club full of industry heads, DJs, bloggers and leggy models roaring approval. A common response to Buck these days—and one that has the 26-year-old Nashville, Tenn., native amped about his chances selling records.

There’s a lot riding on it. Buck’s known as the “Clean-Up Man” around the G-Unit camp, and there’s something of a mess for him at the moment. The once mighty crew hasn’t cracked the platinum plateau since 2005. Last year’s releases from Mobb Deep and Lloyd Banks caught bricks (267,000 and 322,000 units sold, respectively), and even the 512,000 Tony Yayo sold two years ago was seen as a stumble. Following up on the cool million Buck’s debut, 2004’s Straight Outta Cashville, sold, this album looks like a test: Does anyone at the label, other than founder 50 Cent himself, have legitimate commercial staying power?

You know there are many men hoping not. The exiled G-Unit soldier The Game, with whom Buck shared a tense, chaotic encounter in Las Vegas amid the NBA All-Star Game festivities. Dipset chief Cam’ron, whose beef with 50 recently spilled into a video for Buck’s song “Hold On.” Jimmy James Johnson, who Buck famously stabbed with a dinner knife during a fracas at the 2004 Vibe Awards in Los Angeles. (James had punched Dr. Dre, who was instrumental in bringing G-Unit into the Interscope Records family. Buck pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to three years’ probation in December ’05.)

But Buck’s trying to get past all the “bullshit,” as he calls it, and concern himself solely with “real life.” This summer, actually, you’ll be able to watch that life on MTV2, as he’s slated to do a reality show called, like his album, Buck the World. He’s expanding into the business world, too, having started a label, Cashville Records, and signed his Tennessee homies the rap trio 615 and West Coast vet C-BO to recording contracts.

An hour after the listening party, the man who’s calling himself the “CEO of G-Unit right now” settles into his chair in a room at the Dream Hotel in Midtown Manhattan and tells us what’s on his mind. Watch him do his thing.

Can you speak on what happened at All-star Weekend when you ran into The Game?
Any day, bruh. You know, if any real nigga—any individual, period—has a problem with anybody and they have a chance to see that individual they have a problem with, instead of leaving that place without any kind of moment of, you know, words or any kind of confrontation or anything, then I think you’re not really representing yourself, or not representing your situation. So for me, that was the first time me and Game had ever been in the same domain, in the same building, in the same eyesight of each other, since all of this bullshit that you getting from G-Unit and from them with the bullshit beef. So for me, it was pretty much like, we doing all this eye-contact shit across the club, let me go ’head and see if it’s a problem. And what I did was, I went to the stage, and I told the DJ to play one of Game’s records. And what I did, I didn’t diss Game or jump on the mic and start rappin’ and sayin’, “Fuck you, Game,” or disrespect Game in no kind of way.

I just pretty much told Game and everybody in the building, “Look, if there’s a problem for anybody with me or my crew, then right now is the time to handle that. You know, straight up. If not, let’s get to the money. But if it’s a problem, let’s get it on…” After two, three minutes, Game started making his way down the stairs with his entourage, and the security at the club interfered and kinda like pushed him out the club and shit. So I don’t know if he was coming to get it on or give love. All I’m saying is I made room for whatever it was going to be. Being the fact that we in the same building and it’s been a lot of tension with this bullshit. So you know, if there ain’t a problem, we gon’ show it ain’t a problem in front of these people. If it is a problem, we gon’ show it’s a problem in front of these people, too…

I just want the fans to understand what’s real and what’s not… And you know, I can’t act like I’ve always been in the mode that I’m in. In the beginning of this shit, you know, you get your diss records. You done got some of your strongest diss records that I done said about some of these niggas, you know. I played the game with that, but I played the game with me not knowing the situations, if they real or not. So I’ve been able to get hands-on with these niggas, being the street nigga that I am, to see if it’s real or not. And when, if I see it ain’t real, I’m not fuckin’ wit’ it. Jadakiss, we just smoked a blunt together, bruh, and did it big at the All-Star Game in Vegas together.

youngbuck2.jpgYou were on the radio, on Ed Lover’s morning show, a few weeks later saying that you were willing to squash the beef with The Game.
Yeah, I’m willing to. If it ain’t a problem, we don’t have to act like it’s a problem, period. So if you gon’ call that squashing the beef or whatever, I’m with whatever way you put it. We don’t have to shake hands or none of that. If you want to shake hands, let’s do it. All I’m saying is, there’s room for whatever… Whatever it is, let’s just do it and get to it and get it over with, ’cause I ain’t with the bullshit.

Personally, do you wish that the situation between The Game and 50 did not happen?
Yeah, I honestly wish it didn’t happen, because what that did was make Dr. Dre and Eminem, muthafuckas I look up to, have to analyze a situation and choose sides… That’s bullshit. You know, niggas have differences. But if you ain’t no bitch nigga, then you shouldn’t feel lesser than a man for stretching out about your problems you had with somebody else and trying to get to them. That’s only a manly thing. You not less a man for trying to handle your business in a way to get to the end of a problem. You more of a man, in my eyes, straight up and down. I think you less of a man by carrying out shit that you know ain’t real. Then, you know that you’re fighting and doing something you know in your heart ain’t right. So you’re not being yourself, man.

——- Read the rest of our Young Buck feature in XXL’s May 2007 issue (#91)
  • k2kwick

    the realest nigga in it. g-unit. get em buck.

  • Holla

    Buck The World – album of the year!

  • http://http:MySpace.com/LarryBrite Larry Brite

    I hope Thats real . . . .

  • Hokus

    Real talk man. Don’t ever let the bullshit getcha cause in the end that’s all it is. Ride high Buck!
    do ya thang!

  • http://myspace.com/surgeandsalz Fetti Ent

    lol i see Buck leaving G-Unit real soon, sounds like he starting to see the bitch in 50 Cent and is starting 2 go against him

  • Qwerty Mak

    Recognize Real Mayne. For A rapper At his status come through my Block, “The HOOD” just to show Love and network Buck is good wit me mayne. Fuck Tha World MAyne we Love FuRL YEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  • Sam I Am

    Buck is a real dude who does real things. Either way he tryin to get this money not beef, make sales, not waste time. I aint mad at it.

  • Guy eight

    Buck the World is the best album so far this year. Its still early tho, but its sraight fire. Buncha tight tracks. I personally like Puff Puff Pass the best. Straighest smokin song ive heard in a while. -I got a question for ya who the tightest up in here?-

  • CALI BOY

    BUCK ALBUM IS ALRIGT IT AINT NO FUKIN CLASSIC THOE,MY FAVORITE TRACKS R BUS YO HEAD,HOLD ON JUST CAUSE DR DRE KILLED THE BEATI,AND PUFF PUFF PASS

  • Don Juan

    This nigga is a straight up faggot. Thinkin’ he hard for smackin’ up 14-year-olds… LMAO!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dargino doe boy

    Buck The worlddd. #1 Album. Real Shit, Fuck THe Haters

  • http://www.myspace.com/arkaplan - OZ – www.myspace.com/arkaplan

    F*CK EVERYBODY ! BUCK THA WORLD !

    BUCK IS MA FAVORIITE RAPPER…

    I THINK HE WILL B A LEGEND…

    BUT IM DISAPPOINTED BOUT HIS ALBUM…

    I EXPECTED A BETTER ONE…

    SPECIALLY BEATS I MEAN…BUT STILL THEY R NOT BAD…

    ITS A GOOD ALBUM…

    N I GOT IT FROM INTERNET ON 10/03/2007!!!!!

    10/03/2007!!!

    ITS A BIG FAULT OF G-UNIT CREW…

    ANYWAY…BUCK IS A REAL NIGGA..I SAW THA GAMES PICTURES WHEN HE WAS ESCAPIN :D

    U MUST LISTEN TO

    -Say it to ma face
    -Money good
    -Buss yo head
    -Puff puff pass
    -Clean up man
    -Pocket full of paper
    -Lose ma mınd

  • Jay Slay

    Young Buck is a real O.G. he ain’t here to fuck around he just want’s to make that music and do what he do when he doin what he do. haha. Let’s smoke a blunt sometime Buck let’s get into touch boy. J Slay Out Bithces!

  • 305 ballin

    Game should still be in G-Unit and then it would be G-Unit = rap. period.
    Buck is fire on every song he touches.
    GET EM BUCK

  • 305 ballin

    Game should still be in G-Unit and then it would be G-Unit = rap. period.
    Buck is fire on every song he touches.
    GET EM BUCK

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=8401 Q12AFC

    Don’t have much to say about Buck as a person, cuz I don’t know him. The album is fire tho. GET BUCK NIGGAZ!!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com rocamoe

    Album of the year?

    papoose, wayne, chamillionaire, and dre are comin out wit albums this year…u high dawg…

  • John Cochran

    Buck has the most character in the camp, besides fifty himself. although Loyd has his lyrical moments, he lacks style. It’s no need to even mention the rest of them. I’d like to see rappers start coming out without squads. Just do your thing for dolo, cause thats how you get alot of these pety beefs. All in all music wise, he’s only hot on a hot beat.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    I just copped that buck the world

    all i gotta say is buck marley made a real solid album … that shit is dope

    buck the world is fiyaaaaa

  • Jonnie Cage

    slowly, but surely im startin to respect Buck more and more. Realest shit I have read EVER in XXL.

  • http://myspace.com/jrsoundzent jorgeARuiz

    buck the world worth ur money

  • Texas

    yo buck mad respect. if u aint fucking with buck u fucking with elton faggots

  • arif

    Buck the world is what hip hop need!!!!!!!
    Best album 2007?? i think so or 50 , g-unit album goin bigger…

    much LOVE FROM AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS

  • Shawty J

    I copped the magazine and read the interview. Out of all the members of G-Unit, Buck is the realest and most original and was glad to see him prominently featured. But I think he was high or something when he made that comment about him outselling 50.

  • http://myspace.com/rossersmart Jaysson

    See 50 could learn from this nigga. STOP all that baby beef. Fifth be on a type tip “if I got a problem with a nigga, then ALL my peoples gotta ryde against that nigga. Are you a business man or a gangsta. If he wanted to stay a TRUE gangsta, then he should have stayed in Queens and stayed on the streets. Look at Jay Z! He is from the same background jus a different hood in NY and now he is a business man. You can remember where you came from without acting a fool. Be a business man, keep the gangsta bang bang shoot’em up for the records NOT reality. I like 50′s music, but as a person he sucks. He needs to grow up. He got rid of a HOT artist (Game) over some bull crap. ANd what has happen to the Unit since? They have staggered and fell! They next albums better be FIRE!

  • fuckg-unit

    Man i dont really like g-unit but buck is fire, im starting to like the unit again.. G-UNIT!!!!!

  • northphilly badlandz canon

    young buck is killing shit real rap, everything he put out it’s heatrock it’s time people just give him his respect and realize he the best in G-Unit after 50. Buck the world is the best album of 07 so far. we fucks with buck out here in philly early!

  • mike hanson

    Can someone translate what he’s saying? Sounds like he’s getting @50.

  • http://WWW.XXLMAG.COM PUCHMAN

    YOUNG BUCK STAND UP, (FUCK THEM NIGGAZ) IF THEY DONT UNDERSTAND A REAL NIGGAZ TRAIN OF THOUGHTS,REAL NIGGAZ DO REAL THINGS AND BITCH NIGGAZ DO WHAT THEY CAN G-UNIT SOUTH STAND DA FUCK UP……

  • http://WWW.XXLMAG.COM PUCHMAN

    OH YEAH AND LAST BUT NOT LEASE BUCK THE WORLD MUTHA FUCKAZZZZZZZZZ G-UNIT STAND UP FUCK DIPSET THEM NIGGAZ IZ PUSSY HOLLA ONE LUV…

  • MI-YAYO

    MORE MONEY, POWER, & RESPECT…..THAT WHAT BUCK BOUT…FUCK THE WORLD…NO NO BUCK THE WORLD.

  • LLLIM

    im thnk buck is a beast at the moment and always thgt he was lyrically the best outa g-unit obviously 50 has the xtra star quality but i thnk buck can do big thngs and the difference in style maturity outa his 3 albums is amzing he jus keeps getn better n better,u cant deny he isnt liked in the industry aswell,he wrks with every1 n gets strong prominent figures on his album,ill defo b buyin bucks album…not download or copy but personallly buyin it like snoop, dre, 50 ,game, eminem,dizze rascal ,outkast,jay-z,clipse.n.e.r.d or ne other respected artists album.well done buck,yipped ky ayy mother fuckers…

  • womanwitmoney

    buck cd tight i BOUGHT it from the store yall should do the same. Best songs from tha album is get buck, buck the world, slow ya roll, haters, u aint goin nowhere, and lose my mind. Them were the songs that was meaningful.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com BOSS

    buck a real dude..he showing thw world he willing to squash the beef with game..and he talking about real shit in this interview.buck gon go plat.buck is tryin to move units like they use to do..personaly i wish the beef with game and g-unit didnt happen but thats the way it is..and if buck is willing to squash it then i dont see why the of them dont..G-UNIT SOUTH!!!!!!!!!

  • http://msn redrum

    buck the world go hard from push em back which is my shit right now to the last joint, its pretty solid

  • spyda hill

    Buck sound like pussy nigga 2 me he don wanna squab wit Game – fine but don go actin like you real street nigga when u cant handle ur beef, nigga. DIPSET BITTTCHHHH

  • I rep tha Unit

    Man Young buck aint getting at 50 he just saying that the beef is fucked up. Man fifty lost him the unit world have not flopped no cd’s with game but it is what it is. Man 50 killed cam on buck’s cd. Listen to that shit. If buck doesnt sell 1 mill its cuz of downloading or copying shit because that shit is hottest shit i have heard 4 awhile. GGGGGGGGG g-unit is going to run 07…

  • Jamal

    Ive met buck before and he is a really cool, down to earth nigga!! i respect that nigga for taking out of his time to kick it with a regular nigga like myself!! nigga even complimented a nigga on the caddy and my grillz. big up buck

  • Cincity Shark

    Buck gangsta, and I agree wit Jaysson, 50 too old to be on that bullshit. And he kicked Game out of G-Unit for sayin he aint have a problem with Fat Joe and Jada, and that he respected them. Buck smokes a blunt with Jada and it’s cool with 50??? 50 is a hypocrite straight up and down, and he gave Buck the go-ahead to talk to Game to call a truce. Fuck G-Unit..but Buck the World. Go cop Doctor’s Advocate….Drought 3 in a Hood Near You Right Now…Ya Diggggg.

  • dsffd

    show my comments muthafucka

  • JO JO

    I AINT NO G UNIT FAN ITS D BLOCK WITH ME BUT YOUNG BUCK A REAL NIGGA WORD UP

    1

  • http://www.msn.com King Ben U Beezy !

    BUCK BRICKED! 140 THOU DAMN HOMIE! IN 04 YOU WAS THE MAN HOMIE!

  • Makaveli

    i dont why niggas keep sayin he the realest in g-unit. g-unit doesnt consist off buck, 50, banks, and yayo. r yall crazy. damn i wish it would have sold a lil bit more. i cant believe buck, i just wanna kno why go squash and try to make up wit sumbody dats not “real” and everybody kno game is not “real”. dude is actin like game was. wanna squash beef wit niggas dats not doin anything. why do u want to smoke a blunt wit jada and them. like banks said he dont kno them niggas, so why would it matter if we not cool. and game is not doin anything either. the only reason he sold 800,000 records cuz alot of people was wanting to see how game perform b/c 50 cent said he cant do it without him. and it came true. whether it was disses or support, he still kept 50 cent name in his mouth. without, means u shut-up. the biggest thing to see is

    1. can buck even go gold, if he cant all this squash shit, wasnt worth it

    2. will game next record (if he make one) can sell without 50 cent. lets see if he keep 50 name outta his mouth next time, if he cant then he is provin he need 50

  • John

    g-unit best in order Top 5

    1. Buck
    2. Banks
    3. Fifty
    this is hard!!!
    4. Scrappy
    5. spider loc or yayo???

    anyways
    BUCK IS THE SHIT!!!!!!
    FUCK HATERS

    best on album

    1. Lose Ur Mind
    2. Get Buck
    3. pocket full a paper
    4. clean up man
    5. 4 kings
    6. i no u want me
    7. aint fuckin witchu
    8. push em back
    9. puff puff pass
    10. fmusic (if u count)

    in no order except 4 get buck & lose my mind

    and cam FUCk u just got kicked outta dipset

    holla jimmy d-ridaz!!

  • Clawcheezles

    Nothing needs to be said about Young Buck! He is the best/hardest member of G-Unit. Lloyd Banks is the worst of the three. I own Buck’s cd and its raw. Nothing needs to be said about Young Buck. That man has alot of talent thats he’s putting out to the streets. Enough said.