Young Buck, Buck the World (G-Unit/Interscope, 2007)
Young Buck's 2004 debut Straight Outta Ca$hville did reasonably well as far as G-Unit side projects are concerned, but that's been going on three years ago and G-Unit has been in a bit of a slump lately. Can Young Buck buck the trend? No pun intended.
PUSH EM BACK
If there's a difference between this and Ludacris' "Move Bitch," it's that at least the Ludacris song had a humorous element to it.
SAY IT TO MY FACE
About how people hate Young Buck because he's got so much money and he's such a bad-ass. Southern rap legends (read older groups) 8 Ball & MJG and Bun B lend guest verses.
BUSS YO' HEAD
Produced by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, not to be confused with the Justus League. It just goes to show: mediocre minds also think alike.
I AIN'T FUCKING WITH U!
The requisite Snoop guest appearance. The beat is a little soft compared to those first three tracks. I did get a kick out of ol' man Trick Daddy's verse.
I hope he didn't pay Polow Da Don too much for this half-assed version of "London Bridge."
BUCK THE WORLD
The requisite radio friendly unit shifter. I wonder if Lyfe Jennings is really this guy's government name. If so, I guess it's a good thing he made it in show business.
SLOW YA ROLL
And yet another track with singing on it, this one with homeboy from Linkin Park of all people. Honestly, I'd make this one the single over the title track.
The one with Fiddy, which I do enjoy quite a bit. It's too bad they got rid of the part at the end where he talks about Cam'ron having AIDS.
POCKET FULL OF PAPER
This track with Young Jeezy has that Manny Fresh sound, but it was actually produced by DJ Toomp, the guy who did that T.I. record.
George Clinton impersonator and long-time Snoop bag handler Kokane attempts to channel Al Green on the chorus to this. He probably shouldn't have.
U AIN'T GOING NOWHERE
I thought this was a really good Polow Da Don track, but it turns out it's by Dr. Dre. I suppose it's not altogether different from "Lost Ones," but I find this much less grating.
For a Young Buck-Lil' Jon collaboration, this isn't nearly as crunk as you'd think.
PUFF PUFF PASS
The Marley brother who guests on this ode to weed smoking is the same one who did that cover of "Electric Avenue" with Pras.
CLEAN UP MAN
Even for an album as half-assed as this, this comes off as filler.
The much touted collabo with T.I., Jeezy, and Pimp C. Didn't they attempt something like this on that Slim Thug album?
I KNOW YOU WANT ME
I think they released this Jazze Pha production as a single, but no one gave a shit. I think even people who kinda liked Jazze Pha a few years ago are beginning to grow tired of his bullshit.
LOSE MY MIND
Young Buck scream-rapping over one of those god-awful Eminem beats.
If you notice, all dis records directed at Dipset seem to take the form of, "Fuck you, bitch! I'll kill you!"
COMMENTS: You can tell a lot of time and effort went into securing high profile guest appearances and producers for Buck the World, but hardly any of this really did anything for me. The two best tracks on this by far are the ones Dr. Dre (supposedly) did. A lot of the rest of this is boring as hell in the way that so many of these G-Unit projects have been, and the southern rap collaborations with the likes of Jazze Pha, T.I. and Lil' Jon were especially disappointing.
BEST TRACKS: "Hold On" "U Ain't Going Nowhere"
BONUS VIDEO: "Get Buck"