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Straight Outta Ca$hville

After appearing in concerts, videos and television shows, the then third member of G-Unit – Tony Yayo - was arrested on New Year’s Eve of 2002 from an outstanding warrant. Enter Young Buck. Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Buck had put in years of grinding with the Cash Money crew before joining 50 Cent. Although 50 denied that Buck was a replacement, his timing told another story. Now on his solo debut, Straight Outta Ca$hville, Young Buck looks to prove himself.

“I’m a Soldier” sets the tone for Straight Outta Ca$hville and takes listeners straight through hoods of Nashville:

“I come from a small town where organized crime is the rule
You kill n*ggas without permission n*ggas gone kill you
We bang the rags too, red and blue
That shit ain’t only out there on the west-side fool.”

The lead single, “Let Me In,” follows and lightens the mood for only a second until Buck presents his version of 50’s “Many Men” with his old partner D-Tay and Lloyd Banks on “Prices on My Head.” “Black Gloves” finds Buck switching up his flow to give a vivid description of what happens to those who cross his path: “Put a couple holes in a ‘ho/ Let a n*gga know he ‘bout to go/ Put the pump right to his throat/ Bet he won’t talk no mo’.” Other standouts include the controversial “Stomp” featuring The Game and Ludacris, who comes painfully close to stealing the song. Apparently, T.I., who was originally on the song, had his verse removed from the track when Luda refused to change his lyrics aimed at the rapper: “Nobody’s thinkin’ ‘bout you plus your beef ain’t legit/ So please stay off the T-I-P of my dick.” Finally “Bang Bang,” featuring a sped up sample from Nancy Sinatra, gives listeners an eerie description of murder.

Although this CD delivers a good number of solid cuts, most have a least one slip and this album is no different. In all honesty the slip is not one of Buck but his guests - Lil Flip and David Banner. On “Welcome to the South,” these two provided little to no value. No surprise there.

Anyway…Let’s be honest. People didn’t really expect a stellar album from Buck. Even I had a skeptical attitude. Partly because I just wasn’t exposed to the brother. Plus, he seemed more like Yayo’s temporary replacement then an authentic member of G-Unit. There were no bells and whistles when he joined the group. Homeboy just showed up one day. Everyone wondered who the hell he was. But I must admit when I’m wrong. And my initial judgment was gravely wrong. This album is far more than solid. It’s down right good.

Not to confuse you. It’s not full of radio-friendly songs. It’s dark and violent, but his ability to provide imagery to his words along with his authoritative delivery is what draws you in. He also avoids the over use of silly metaphors – a true sign of amateur rappers. Yes, what I have described is reminiscent of Get Rich or Die Tryin’, but his southern swagger and origin gives it a fresh sound.

My only gripe with this album is the content. Song after song, tells the tale of grief, despair and violence. After several cuts, it’s safe to say I get the picture. Listeners are never really exposed to David Brown (a.k.a. Young Buck). I should only hope that his current life experiences will breed a new perspective on life and thus provide more diverse content.

Don’t sleep HATERS! Cop this one.



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