| 10-16-2006, 07:23 PM||
Young Buck - Buck The World
Interview By: Melanie J Cornish
Within the confines of Hip-Hop there are innumerable factions, all who think they are better than the rest. Egos are a dime a dozen and braggadocios personalities populate. After all Hip-Hop is the most narcissistic genre of music.
Young Buck and his band of brothers require no introduction. They have been loved, detested, adored and loathed during their reign. But regardless of public opinions and media speculation, the G-Unit army isnít breaking down, Young Buck isnít looking to jump ship and they are still as close as ever in all their endeavors.
With sophomore project 'Buck the World' slated for a late Novemeber release date, one thing he and co-hort Lloyd Banks had on their sides while working on their these albums was time. Plus home recording studios certainly helped the G-Uniteers in crafting and concocting this go around.
Here Buck talks about Africa, the real ghetto, the interest in Soundscan and just what lessons he has learned from watching some of Hip-Hops major players at work.
Nobodysmiling.com : When is the album dropping?
Young Buck : November 28th, it is everything you have been waiting for and itís worth the wait and worth your money.
Nobodysmiling.com : Did you enjoy making this album?
Young Buck : Yeah I had a lot of fun as I had more time with this album as my first album I recorded when I was on tour with Roc da Mic, so this one here; itís been pretty much on me. I had my own studio built and I write the best in my own settings and most of it is recorded in my studio, so I really enjoyed it. I smoked a lot of weed while making it.
Nobodysmiling.com : After going two times platinum on your first album, are you conscious of sales on this project?
Young Buck : I just try to keep that out of my mind. I make music based on reality and what I have gone through in my life. To me thatís the way people get to understand my music. You know if someone can pull something out of one of those verses that I write and say ĎDamn I am going through that tooí thatís good, its life. You know if you concentrate on selling records and making an album and making music based off trying to see a record it becomes limited. You know you limit yourself instead of going in there and doing it for the love of the music.
Nobodysmiling.com : Do you find Soundscan has become an obsession?
Young Buck : Yeah, for a long time and even now I donít pay Soundscan too much attention. I see Soundscan when I am at the G Unit office; you know I donít really focus on it. I think a lot of artists, at the end of the day are in it to see music and be able to become financially safe. I think the only way of making good music is to be focused on the project itself. You have to love the music, before you can make a dollar from it. Even trying to come up in the game and making the music happen for you and being an indie artist or something, you have to grow to love your stuff before you can get anyone else to love your stuff.
Nobodysmiling.com : Are there any differences with this album compared to the first?
Young Buck : I had a little more time to work on it and I worked with a lot of different producers on this album than I did with my first. My first album I didnít have no big name producers, as I wanted to keep the budget down so I could make some money. But on this one I...(continued below)
got Dr. Dre who produces three of them, Eminem, Lil Jon, Akon, Jazze Pha, he produced a couple of them, Just Blaze, Hi-Tek. So there is a variety of production on there. Then feature wise I have more features on this than you will find on any other G-Unit album.
Nobodysmiling.com : Is there any particular reason as to why you went with so many features?
Young Buck : At the end of the day, I got a lot of friends and all the features are from people I am a.ssociated with outside of just being involved in this music. You know I got a record with T.I, Young Jeezy, myself and Pimp C. You know they are my homeboys so we would be hanging out one day and thatís how that came about. I got a record with Trick Daddy, one with MJG, 8Ball and Bun B. But what did was put all my features on one records, you know you may get me with two or three other major artists, so then I could make enough room for my own solo records. Whatever standard you expect to get, there is a lot of different people on this album so it is guaranteed to be a classic album, I can promise you that.
Nobodysmiling.com : Werenít you supposed to go on tour to Africa with Missy and 50, some sort of Violator Tour, what happened with that?
Young Buck : I think there was some problem with the plane; something happened but I know they are supposed to be re-scheduling the show. I have been to Africa before.
Nobodysmiling.com : Yeah I was just about to ask if that would have been your first time to visit Africa.
Young Buck : No, my first time was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life despite the little problem we had which caused us to come back a little quicker than we scheduled. We love Africa and I cant wait to go again.
Nobodysmiling.com : Where were you?
Young Buck : Johannesburg and Nigeria. It was nice over there. There is a lot of real poverty over there. You know what we call the ghetto is not the ghetto; we got it good. I donít care how hard your projects is, you still got running water and things of that nature because there were people over there that I actually spoke to that really, really, really donít have nothing and seeing that many black people without nothing is kind of crazy. You know you go so far and you see the blacks just a little worse than the people in the ghetto but for the most part there is a lot of poverty. For me it was like a way of coming home and being thankful for what I got now.
Nobodysmiling.com : But you put a lot of money back into Tennessee and Nashville with the G-Unity Foundation. The organizations that you opted to go with, why do you choose those ones exactly?
who is buck to say anything about weezy. im not his biggest fan but buck is a nutsack away from jockin 50