Young Buck has spent much of the last decade in a place unfamiliar to the one-time star: out of the spotlight. From his breakout success as part of G-Unit's initial commercial run (and on their debut album, Beg For Mercy) to his solo debut Straight Outta Ca$hville and its handful of hits, the Tennessee rapper enjoyed spoils most of his contemporaries could only dream of. His new mixtape, the DJ Whoo Kid-hosted 10 Bullets, is another undertaking altogether. Having survived a litany of legal and financial troubles--to say nothing of his being excommunicated from G-Unit by 50 Cent--the 2015 version of Buck is wiser, cagier, more poised than ever. 10 Bullets is a naked experience, devoid of features or big-name stunt-casting on the production side. Instead, songs like "Not This Time" reflect the resolute approach the rapper has taken to his music and to his life, vowing to correct the course of things gone wrong.

Prior to this mixtape, Buck was in the news as part of G-Unit's measured comeback. The latest EP from the crew, The Beast Is G-Unit, reunited Buck with 50, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd, the latter a new edition to the roster. Buck was featured prominently on the group's biggest single from the project, "Bring My Bottles.'

Listen to 10 Bullets below: