To most, rapper Young Buck was a fresh face when he became a member of 50 Cent's crew G-Unit, but he spent a long time waiting on the bench before that. The Nashville, TN, native started rapping at 12 and was in a recording studio by 14, the same age he was when he began peddling narcotics. Cash Money's main man, Brian "Baby" Williams, caught a 16-year-old Young Buck at a rap battle and soon the rapper was out of high school and in New Orleans, crowded into a small apartment with the rest of the Cash Money crew. Dedicated heart and soul to the crew, Buck "secured" the expensive cars for Juvenile's 1999 "Ha" video and spent the next four years working behind the scenes. It was too long for him not to get his own shot at stardom, so Buck left Cash Money and headed home. Back peddling and pushing, Buck paid the price when his door was kicked in by one man, guns blazing. He made it out the back with two gunshot wounds. Around this time, Buck partnered with rapper D-Tay and the duo released the Thuggin' Til the End album on Next Level in 2000. The album didn't make much of an impact, but Cash Money was back on the phone, asking Buck to return to the label. He did, but after two weeks of just sitting around the office, Buck felt he was stuck once again. He ran into Juvenile -- who was ready to split with Cash Money at the time -- and hit the road with the rapper. When the tour hit New York City Buck met 50 Cent and was soon asked to join his G-Unit crew. He did -- with Juvenile's blessing -- and co-wrote and appeared on the 50 Cent track "Bloodhound." G-Unit's full-length debut, Beg for Mercy, brought Buck to everyone's attention in 2003. It had gone double platinum by the time Buck's first G-Unit associated record, Straight Outta Cashville, appeared on Interscope in 2004.
Young Buck hosts rowdy party in Nashville
Young Buck hosted a rowdy party at a Nashville nightclub early Wednesday, police said.
Shotgun-carrying security guards at The Trap nightclub called Nashville police when 700 people gathered outside tried to rush the building, police spokesman Don Aaron said. About 30 officers responded.
Three people were arrested on minor charges. There were no reports of injuries.
Young Buck, who turned 24 on Tuesday, had rented the club for his birthday party and to perform. He wasn't charged in the incident.
Police Lt. Calvin Hullett said he tried to get the rapper, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, to help restore order, but he refused. Instead, some people in the crowd used a microphone to urge people to enter the club and "trash it" as it was being closed, Hullett said.
Fights broke out among partygoers inside the club as well, police said.
The Nashville native has pleaded innocent to an assault charge for allegedly stabbing a man during a melee at the Vibe Awards in Los Angeles in November.
Young Buck is real true artist
Everybody wanna know who 50 done signed/ And who he is, what he 'bout, where he from, can he rhyme/ Is he real, is he fake, is he true, is he lyin'/Did this Young Buck really get shot two times?
That you've only been hearing about 23-year-old David "Young Buck" Brown for a little over a year has its roots in many different grounds, but lack of determination is not one of them. "I been doing music my whole life," says the Nashville, Tennessee native. "I started rapping when I was about 12 or 13, just playing around with it. Around the age of 14, 15, I was in the studio, serious about it."
But Young Buck also had two feet in the streets, peddling street narcotics in his early teens. "I was the youngest n---- in the field," he recalls. "There's really no age limit when you out there in those streets. I was out there doing grown man sh--." The older hustlers-—more specifically one now-incarcerated OG named Priest who was especially close with Buck—would chide him due to his youth. "Sit your young a-- down," they'd say. "Pay attention, you young buck motherf---er." It wasn't long before "Young Buck" became a term of endearment as well as name.
When Buck was 16, he got word that New Orleans' Cash Money rap troupe was recording in his town and scored a chance to perform for the label's CEO, Brian "Baby" Williams, who had him prove his worth by engaging in verbal combat against Cash Money's baby gangsters, including future Hot Boy Lil' Wayne. Buck's performance was so impressive that Williams offered him the chance to become part of the Cash Money stable. Buck accepted, dropping out of high school and relocating to New Orleans for the next four years.
The year was 1997 and the Cash Money Millionaires were a few diamonds away from being the bling kings they are today. "We all lived in a little bitty apartment," recalls Buck. "Everybody was in struggle, in the grind trying to make it. I was young and felt like it was opportunity 'cause they were moving units back then on the underground scene. You could see the potential of them becoming something. I felt like if I wasn't around, maybe my shot would be gone."
Buck dedicated himself to the development of the crew, going as far as to secure props for the label's breakthrough moment, the 1999 video for Juvenile's "Ha," which was shot in the young rhymer's hometown. "The people I used to have around me from Nashville was showing love to the Cash Money clique on the strength of Buck trying to make it; making sure Buck gets to where he gots to go. We provided the cars you see in that video: the yellow Ferrari, the blue Jaguar. Things wasn't all the way right for Cash Money around that time and we respected that. We were blessed to have a little something so we added to their finesse in the beginning."
But after about 4 years of waiting on the Cash Money bench, Buck decided to return home. "I came back to the hood and got in those streets and started doing whatever it took for me to provide," he confesses. "I had lost so much time. Financially, I was brand new. I was on some other sh-- out there trying to get that bread. But you reap what you sow. At the same time I was out there doing my thing, there was another motherf---er who felt like he could come and do his thing to me. That's exactly how it happened. Motherf---er come kick in my door, 4, 5 in the morning. I was laying in the middle of the floor. He came standing on top of me with AK or a Mac something. I ain’t had no gun so I got my a-- off the floor and ran towards the kitchen. It just so happen one of my homeboys, he was awake, he pushed the guy back up out the door. I got shot twice. One of them damned near blew my arm off and another caught me in my upper leg, in my thigh. I had so much illegal sh-- in the house at the time I rode around for 45 minutes to an hour before I even went to the hospital. I damned near lost my life from bleeding so much."
But Buck had also been pushing hard in the studio and, along with childhood friend D-Tay, released an independent LP, Thuggin' Til The End. Though the record didn't sell many units, Buck gained invaluable experience—especially when he tried to get out of his one-sided contract. "I was young and so eager to make some money as well as get exposed and show my talent," admits Buck. "When I started looking for other opportunities, I realized this dude had paperwork on me that was holding me. I felt like, 'Let me get up offa this here.' He kinda didn't want to make it happen at the time, but we wound up working it out."
Buck's next opportunity came when Baby Williams called him, inviting him back into the Cash Money fold as part of a new group he was putting together. When Buck arrived at the offices, he saw that the label's fortunes had vastly improved. But after about a week of sitting around the office and not running into any of the recording roster, he felt that he was just sitting on a more comfortable bench. "I was ready to get out of there when Juvenile stopped by the office," says Buck. Juvenile, who at the time was having contractual issues with Cash Money’s principals, offered Buck a chance to join up in his new venture, UTP Records. "Juvenile was like, 'I can't promise you nothing, but at least you'll be out on something that'll be heard.' I made my decision from there. I had Juvey take me to grab my luggage and I struck out on the road with him and started recording songs. In the first 3 days I did about 11 songs."
Buck was living and recording music out of Juvenile's tour bus when UTP met up with 50 Cent and his G Unit crew in New York City. A freestyle session led to some group collaborations, most notably the street hit, "A Little Bit of Everything." "It was like an honor thing for me to meet 50 cause I respected his whole story. I was a fan of the n---- before I even became an artist under his Unit. We started vibing from the beginning. We left on a note of, 'Yo, if this rap situation happens for me or it happens for you, we're both gonna holla at each other.' And through the grace of God, it started taking off for 50. And he came back, like, 'I told you.' Juvenile had always told me, 'If an opportunity comes, take it. I'm doing what I can do, but if it's something that's gonna help you better, do it.'"
Young Buck's first G Unit appearance came when 50 Cent took "Bloodhound," a Buck solo effort he enjoyed from their first meeting, turned it into a duet and placed it on 50's record breaking debut, Get Rich Or Die Tryin.' Last year, the G Unit released Beg For Mercy, which has sold well over 2 million copies to date. Next up for Young Buck is his solo debut, Straight Outta Cashville.
"I got the name from N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton," says Buck. "Straight Outta Cashville speaks for itself. It tells you my way of living up on to this day. I want the world to get a feel of me, showing them the way I am and the way I get down."
Straight Outta Cashville features production from Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Lil' Jon with appearances by G Unit's 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks as well as Southern hip-hop heavyweights T.I., Lil' Flip and David Banner. "With me being form the South, I wanted to make this album like a G Unit South'," says Young Buck. "It's all the way street. You won't really get a lot of the mainstream, lovey-dovey side because that wasn’t a part of my life in the beginning. Straight Outta Cashville is just a lot of headbusters."
Young Buck's Song of the South
G-Unit's Young Buck has the hopes of a whole city riding on his back. If he's going to prove that his hometown of Nashville is more than the capital of country and gospel music and is, in fact, a hip-hop hotbed, his debut album, Straight Outta Cashville, has to pop.
"I feel like we was shielded to a certain extent, until now," Buck (real name: David Brown) explained. "I think when you say Nashville, Tennessee, to anybody, the first thing that comes to mind is country music. And then, when you get there, you realize the hip-hop scene overshadows all that. My whole big problem was, there were times I would tell people I'm from Nashville and they would immediately block their ears off."
A few key people listened, though. The first was Juvenile, who took Buck under his wing a few years ago, and later, Baby from Cash Money. However, things never worked out with the New Orleans-based music family, and obviously Buck has blossomed under the guidance of 50 Cent: Many are saying that Buck might even overshadow his musical family with Straight Outta Cashville's dirty dexterity. While visiting MTV's offices recently, Buck talked about 50's Nostradamus-like business sense, his faith in God, and those rumors about him and Monica.
MTV: There are a bunch of G-Unit dis records out there right now. Joe Budden has one, of course Bang 'Em Smurf and Domination have one, but the song most talked about is Shyne's "For the Record," where he goes at 50 Cent.
Young Buck: Yeah, I just heard that song recently. I think that's kinda crazy, with the dude's situation. I don't really know about a lot of these different beef situations. I don't know the individuals for me to even speak on them. I don't really know [Shyne].
MTV: I noticed that a lot of the records that take shots at the G-Unit don't really mention your name. They'll call out 50, Game, even Lloyd Banks, but not too much of Young Buck.
Buck: I feel like whenever you're saying "G-Unit," you're involving me, period. So it's only right for me to have to come into the situation. 50 and them are my brothers, so it's kind of hard for you to speak on them without speaking on me. I really would rather for you to say my name, 'cause we travel as one. Even if you think you gonna get at 50 or you're gonna get at Banks or you're gonna get at [Tony] Yayo and just be cool with Buck, it's crazy for me. It's like "Hey, homie, that's me too."
MTV: Earlier this year, people were saying that you and Monica were a couple. When you popped up in her "U Should've Known Better" video as her man, that added fuel to fire. What's good with that?
Buck: No, I am not with Monica. I'm not ready for it. she was cool with it. I'm cool with it.
MTV: Obviously, 50 Cent has shown you mucho love. He's behind your solo LP and I hear you're going to get a chance to run your own label. There's word of a G-Unit South coming soon.
Buck: Yeah. I'm gonna be the CEO with 50 Cent. 50, he's pretty much gonna leave most of it in my hands, but my direction right now comes from 50, so I feel like any direction that I will give towards another artist or even towards this label, I kind of need 50 right there. I came out right through his direction and I wouldn't want to send nobody else out wrong. I'd rather stick with the same circle. So with G-Unit South, it's like another branch for the South to have other artists in the atmosphere come up and represent this G-Unit thing too.
MTV: Every time we talk to one of you guys, like yourself or Banks or Yayo, you always talk about how 50 lays out a plan and it comes to fruition. Tell us a little bit about 50's business acumen.
Buck: 50's a special dude, man. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of power he's working. Everything 50 done told me has always been right. I look at 50 kind of like, "You're the boss and CEO of my record, but there's something a little special working with you too, homie, 'cause you predict these things and they happen." Even if I started to do my own label, 50's there. If I'm doing my own rims, 50's there. That's kind of the whole lead thing we use, 'cause it's the chain of command. When people start getting outside of that, that's when you have the breakups of the groups. Everyone's entitled to expand. Some may expand a little bit more than the other one, but if you all have the same respect for each other as men, it ain't never gonna end.
MTV: There are people that want to see everything end for you, though. On one of the records from your album, "Prices on My Head," you talk about jealousy towards you and even rap: "N---as hate you when you rich, but love you when you broke/ I never knew I had so many enemies before."
Buck: Yeah, I never knew I had so many enemies before. When I didn't have nothing, some of the same people that I see right now that hate me, loved me. They really don't have a reason to hate me now. It can't be nothing, because I'm advancing within my life. I'm like, "Yo, before there was any of this, there was love. I ain't had any conversation with you to [make you] dislike me now." That's where that whole line comes in. The simple fact is that I base my music behind reality.
MTV: A reality you're not afraid to express is your faith in the Lord. You've made songs like "Footprints," where you say God carries you through tough times. And on your Welcome 2 Da Hood mixtape (with DJ Whoo Kid), you even talked about a higher power watching over you while you sold drugs.
Buck: Yeah. Heaven makes you, man. I know that's the mind-frame of the average hustler. A lot of people don't believe that a person who's deeply into selling drugs can be into God like that. I got a really religious side to me; I got a political side to me. The whole nine is right here. I like to tell people, "Just push. Pray until something happen," 'cause that's what I did.
MTV: A few weeks ago, we published a feature story called "Finding My Religion," where we went in-depth about certain artists feeling more comfortable putting out songs with underlying or overt religious themes. How do you feel about some of those records that have come out lately, like "Jesus Walks"?
Buck: I really like Kanye West's song because he was the one who brought it to the table and really wasn't scared to speak on it. A lot of artists are scared to speak [about] and show that side of them. I'm just a person who's comfortable with mine. I know God is the maker of my situation. I know God was the one who helped me when them cats came in to rob me and shot me up. I know God was there with me when I was traveling with that stuff in my car making it from point A to point B. I know God was with me there through everything. I know God is with me right now, so just on that note, that's where you get the references to Jesus Christ or the higher power. Somebody gotta do it.
Young Buck Pleads Not Guilty In Vibe Awards Stabbing
Rapper says little except, 'Go buy my album.'
G-Unit rapper Young Buck pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a stabbing at November's Vibe Awards.
Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, did not speak during the brief hearing except to
tell the judge that he understood he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days. He did not speak to reporters, although he did say to those in attendance, "Young Buck, go buy my album." He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on February 18.
The rapper, who came to court wearing black jeans, a black shirt and baseball cap, is alleged to have stabbed 26-year-old Los Angeles native Jimmy James Johnson in the aftermath of a fight at the show. Witnesses said that Johnson punched Dr. Dre in the face after the rapper refused to sign an autograph (see "Dr. Dre Attacked, Man Stabbed During Melee At Vibe Awards"). The punch sparked a brawl that was broken up a few minutes later by police using pepper spray. The Vibe Awards continued and aired later in the week, although the incident was edited out.
Johnson pleaded not guilty on Monday to attacking Dre and is due back in court January 26, when a date for a preliminary hearing on assault charges will be set.
Buck, who briefly went into hiding after the incident, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. He remains free on $500,000 bail. His attorney, Scott Leemon, said, "We entered a plea of not guilty today and we're looking forward to our day in court."
The hearing was held at the Felony Arraignment Division in the Airport Courthouse of Los Angeles Superior Court.
Santa Monica Police are still attempting to identify at two other men seen brandishing knives in video tape of the incident.
Young Buck Charged Over Vibe Stabbing
G Unit rapper Young Buck was charged with assault with a deadly weapon today (Dec. 20) for allegedly stabbing a man at the second annual VIBE Awards taping in a Santa Monica Airport hangar Nov. 15.
Buck’s arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles, according to court officials.
Buck, 23, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, is accused of stabbing Los Angeles parolee Jimmy James Johnson after Johnson allegedly punched Dr. Dre, who was preparing to go on stage to receive VIBE’s lifetime achievement award.
Johnson allegedly requested an autograph from Dre prior to striking the rapper/producer.
Johnson was also charged with assault today for his involvement in the melee, according to the District Attorney's Office. Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 10.
Investigators said they identified Buck on videotape attacking Johnson with a knife. Johnson suffered a collapsed lung and was taken to the hospital following the altercation.
Dre was not critically injured in the attack and accepted his award on stage after the fight disrupted the show.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Buck in the days following the awards show incident.
The Nashville native surrendered on Nov. 19 to Santa Monica police and was released on $500,000 bail.
Young Buck Charged with assault
Rapper YOUNG BUCK has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the US.
The charge dates back to the Vibe Hip-Hop Awards in California in November, when the 22-year-old artist, real name David Darnell Brown, allegedly stabbed a man who had allegedly punched fellow rapper Dr Dre.
The victim, Jimmy James Johnson, suffered a collapsed lung. He has been charged with assault relating to the incident, reports the BBC.
Brown, a member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew, faces up to eight years in prison if convicted. He is free on $500,000 bail until a hearing on January 14.
Bad Vibe's Awards
G-UNIT’s YOUNG BUCK has had a warrant issued for his arrest in connection with a stabbing at the VIBE AWARDS on Monday (November 15).
The Santa Monica Police Department’s investigators reviewed a videotape of the fight and believe that Young Buck - real name David Darnell Brown - stabbed 26-year-old Jimmy James Johnson.
The alleged incident occurred at the Vibe awards. Johnson is said to have assaulted Dr Dre at the ceremony, which took place at the Santa Monica Airport hangar.
According to local police, Buck was one of three men seen on the videotape with knives. The other two have not been identified.
Buck will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
A statement by Santa Monica Police Department, said: "At approximately 7:25pm, an individual approached Mr Andre Young, an entertainer known as Dr Dre, and appeared to be asking for an autograph. This individual, later identified as Jimmy James Johnson, 26, of LA, assaulted and punched Mr Young several times. Johnson was quickly subdued by several private security persons. As they were attempting to control suspect Johnson, several unidentified males were making attempts to assault him."
The statement continues: "A video of the incident revealed that three males were in the immediate area of this melee and were seen to be holding knives. One of these individuals was identified as rap entertainer David Darnell Brown, aka Young Buck. Brown is seen with a knife in hand and attempting to reach Johnson. At one point, Brown is seen lunging over another male and swinging the knife at Johnson’s upper body while Johnson is looking away from him."
The report then claims Young Buck can be seen holding the knife after the assault and was one of those involved who were pepper sprayed by officers.
Johnson was reportedly assaulted further and was later found to have a serious stab wound to his upper body. He suffered a collapsed lung but is now in a stable condition.
Buck fled the scene and police chief James Butts said at a press conference, "We are asking Mr David Darnell Brown to surrender himself to police."
The incident happened shortly before Snoop Dogg and Vibe founder Quincy Jones were about to give Dre a lifetime achievement award.
Young Buck to do a rare hometown show
Nashville rapper Young Buck is coming home to do a show for what's being billed as the ''grand opening celebrity weekend'' at the Gateway Entertainment Complex, formerly known as The Castle on Second Avenue South.
Young Buck recently was charged with assault after police accused him of stabbing a man who punched Young Buck's mentor Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards. Young Buck's arraignment is Dec. 20.
Young Buck's next Nashville appearance is 9 p.m. Sunday at the Gateway Entertainment Complex. It's $20 at the door.
And if you're worried about security, the folks at that establishment included this at the end of a press release:
''Note: THE GATEWAY has installed airport style walk through metal detector for our patrons' safety. They will also provide extensive security personnel for all national performances.''