Young Buck

Young Buck

Rapper David "Young Buck" Brown had one of two reputations: One was as a break-out member of 50 Cent's G-Unit group who had become a solo artist with multi-platinum records. The other reputation was of being a media spectacle who was especially weak for crying. Brown himself complicated his public standing by becoming embroiled in numerous conflicts, which led to understandably distorted, public perceptions.  

The Texas-born Brown first entered rap as a teenager as an affiliate of Cash Money Records. After leaving the label, he came to the attention of 50 Cent and was featured on the star rapper's breakout album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. He joined G-Unit and participated in the group's successful Beg For Mercy album in 2003. He parlayed that success into a promising solo record called Straight Outta Cashville in 2004. The album went platinum, in spite of the album's poor promotion due to Brown's involvement in a stabbing at the VIBE Awards Show. His follow-up, Buck The World, was released in 2007. The album went gold.

Aside from his recording career, Brown appeared in headlines increasingly for his participation in various beefs with other hip-hop artists, including the Game, Lil' Wayne and DJ Khaled. These public outbursts combined with his legal and alleged financial troubles led to tensions with G-Unit and an eventual falling-out. Diss songs and harsh comments were traded between the two camps. However, 50 Cent released an audio recording of a phone conversation allegedly between him and Brown. In the recording, the alleged Brown spoke frankly about financial problems and became emotional. Brown questioned the authenticity of the tape, but shortly after he and 50 Cent toned down their rhetoric.

Brown's third album was scheduled to be released in 2010. ~Dan Nishimoto

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