Young Buck (G-Unit) conducted by Hugo Lunny  

Young Buck: Straight Forward

October 2006

G-Unit is known of the world over, and as soon as Yayo got locked up, the world then heard of Young Buck. G-Unit's southern frontman has made waves since "Straight Out Of Cashville" came out, late 2003. Being allegedly affiliated with stabbing someone at an award show, and upholding the image he talks about secured Young Buck quite the steady following. Many who criticize G-Unit still seem to respect him.

In November, Buck is set to follow up "Straight Out Of Cashville" with "Buck The World," followed by launching his own label, Cashville Records. We spoke whilst he was caught in traffic.

MVRemix: How's it goin'?

Young Buck: I'm well bro, I'm on the way to these projects tryin' to make it through this fuckin' traffic.

MVRemix: How do you view yourself?

Young Buck: Ah man, I definitely see myself still growin'. I also see myself as fallin' more into a business aspect too with the game, more than just in the same mode where I'm at. Hold on one second.

[unknown voice] What's up boy boi?

[Buck begins shouting at a friend] I'm good man, tryin' to get through this traffic right quick. You aight? [Buck shouts out his phone number]

My bad bro, go ahead, repeat yourself... Young Buck interview

MVRemix: What would you say is the biggest misconception people have of you?

Young Buck: Man, the biggest misconception I think people have of me is pretty much that... There is so much violence and things of that other nature in G-Unit that they feel like I'm on that, sometimes people be scared to ask for an autograph. You know, I think that the perception of so much of my life as far as the Vibe awards and shit like that, certain people have that perspective of you know what, Buck is just that gorilla nigga and whoopdy whoop. True enough, at the end of the day I am about handling my business but I'm still a human being. I ain't got no problems with nobody that ain't got no problems with me. 80% of it, you get just a cool laidback dude. The other 20%, it gets fucked up at times. But most of Buck is just a laidback, cool cat until you fuck with him on the wrong way and then he turns into the animal.

MVRemix: Sort of going on from that, were you cautious at all about wearing the "Don't make me do it" t-shirt with the knife? How did you feel about that before wearing it?

Young Buck: Nah, that was definitely like a... It wasn't a way of me trying to speak or benefit or nothin' from the Vibe awards. The law enforcement had made me go through so much before actually coming in that building from what had stimulated from the Vibe awards and just bein' so fuckin' scared of me. I just felt like, "You know what? Let me rub it in in these people faces real quick." Because I went through things of the nature of where they sit me at, they sit police all round me. You know what I'm sayin'? "Shit like that. I'm at a fuckin' awards show tryin' to enjoy myself, but every move I make, there's a officer there. And even before I had entered the building, they had sent up messages and paperworks that they wanted me to comply by, before even going. So I was like, let me rub it in on these motherfuckers a little bit. It was my way of saying "Fuck the police. Fuck y'all." Straight up.

MVRemix: Sort of going back to your words about being more business minded, can you tell me a little bit about Cashville Records and what's going on with it?

Young Buck: Yeah, Cashville Records is pretty much... G-Unit South, as you may hear me yell through a lot of things and you may see the shirts moving, is like the movement of what I'm doing; Cashville Records. G-Unit South is the name I really wanted to name my label, G-Unit South Records, but Interscope owns the name as G-Unit as a brand. So for me to take my label and say go get a deal with Def Jam/ Atlantic/Universal, something like that, it would've caused conflict. So I didn't wanna go through that, and I wanted to bring somethin' new to the game and that's where we came up with Cashville Records. Actually bro, I got a group that goes by the name 615. That's me, a cat that goes by the name Lil' Murda, another cat that goes by the name D-Tay, and a cat by the name Hi-C, and myself. We formed the group 615 which is the area code of my city, Cashville, so it's like that's the first project that you can look to drop off of Cashville Records.

I'm in negotiations with a few credible artists that we all know, I just choose not to say they names until it's all the way official. I'm in the middle of a negotiation war I would say, with these other labels. With them knowing that I can take my thing outside of Interscope, a lot of different labels is coming and saying what they can do. I'm pretty much lookin' for a label to have that same family feelin', if I can't do my thing with Interscope, 'cause I deal with people from the heart, not the hand.

It ain't about the money with me, I just look for someone that's in control, that has an urban market already set up within their label outside of Interscope. If that's the case, if somebody that ain't that much away from the artist that they do business with, where he can't be hands on with 'em, like if he have a problem - to pick up the phone and call the boss boss. You see what I'm sayin'? So I definitely wanna be on point with another label. I've never thought of takin' nothin' outside of Interscope, but the ropes with Interscope with the G-Unit alone is ridiculous, so where I'm goin', I probably have to go somewhere else.

MVRemix: So there's been no tension there, it's just a strictly business thing?

Young Buck: Nah man, strictly business. I'm not 'bout no bullshit, right. Even the beef situations that you've been gettin' through, as far as the Unit with the Game, the bullshit with the Game and Fat Joe, and Jadakiss... You won't get none of that shit out of this new record, "Buck The World," droppin' November 28th! But you just gonna get straight, feel good hood music.

I just feel like there's been enough thrown out from they end, from my end, where the people could do they own judgement on who's real and who's fake and what's real and what's fake, and shit like that. I choose to almost fall back and in a sense, if them dudes keep on continuing to push they beef lines and whatever. It'll be ways and... Shit'll be handled. It just won't be handled through the rap thing no more, 'cause I'ma tell you a little somethin', it's like if you know I've got a problem with these so-called dudes, and I know I got a problem with 'em, who else knows I got a problem with 'em?

MVRemix: Obviously yeah.

Young Buck: The police. I'm in a situation where my life's so real life and there's been so much real shit to come along with me and it's like that, that when shit happens bro, I get them visions from them homicide detectives and shit of that nature. So I gotta keep my shit on the end of a nigga who's out in the fuckin' streets, for real. You see what I'm sayin'?

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