During the early and mid-2000s, Young Buck was considered one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers in the game. As a member of the hip-hop group G-Unit, Young Buck’s southern roots allowed him to bring a unique sound. Although his time with G-Unit ended up being fairly short-lived, he has continued to release music over the years. His talent and hard work have helped him earn the respect of fans and fellow rappers. While some people may only be familiar with the singles he released early in his career, Young Buck has quite an impressive catalog. If you’re not familiar with his songs, now is the perfect time to get aquanted. Here are the 10 best Young Buck Songs of all time (in no particular order).
1. Shorty Wanna Ride
“Shorty Wanna Ride” is arguably Young Buck’s most well-known song. The mid-tempo track was released in 2009 as one of the singles on his debut album, Straight Outta Cashville. When the song first came out, a lot of people felt that Young Buck was on his way to establishing a strong career. The song did a good job of putting Buck’s lyricism on display while also allowing him to be relatable to a commercial audience. Despite being more than a decade old, the song has also aged surprisingly well.
2. Get Buck
Like many of the southern rappers who came before him, Young Buck has a knack for spitting grimy bars over intense beats, and “Get Buck” did a great job of highlighting that. Produced by Polow Da Don, the song was released in 2007 and earned Buck an Ozone Award nomination for Best Video. The song was part of Young Buck’s 2007 sophomore album, Buck the World, which would also be his final solo release with G-Unit.
“Boom” is one of those songs that doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. In fact, unless you’re a big Young Buck fan you may not even be familiar with the song in the first place. After hearing it, however, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to check out more of Buck’s music. “Boom” is catchy without being corny and the beat is snappy without ever being annoying.
4. Let Me In
Featuring 50 Cent, “Let Me In” was one of Young Buck’s first singles and it served as the perfect song to get people excited. After all, who doesn’t love a song that makes you feel like you can say and do anything you want. “Let Me In” features a chorus that’s fun to sing along with, while also being balanced out with verses that feature Young Buck rapping about life in his hometown (Nashville).
5. Rider Pt. 2
“Rider Pt. 2” isn’t technically a Young Buck song, but we thought it deserved to be on the list anywhere. At their height, G-Unit was considered one of the best rap groups in the game, and Young Buck was a big reason for that. “Rider Pt. 2” features an aggressive verse from Buck where he gets the chance to flex his competitive side as he goes bar for bar with his group mates.
Released on his 2010 mixtape, 10 Bucks, “Timeout” is the kind of song that allows Young Buck to shine. He balances rapping about the emotions of losing a relationship while also making it clear that he won’t stay down for long. Although Buck has been a very private person throughout his career, songs like this may provide a glimpse into his guarded personal life.
7. Go Loco
Young Buck may not be the most commercially successful artist, but that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t put out a lot of quality music. “Go Loco” is yet another example of why he deserves more respect than he often gets. The song is short, but it does a good job of putting Buck’s talent on display and shows that he is capable of rapping with a different flow than people are used to hearing from him.
8. Can’t Slow My Role
There’s nothing wrong with a little bragging, and that’s something that hip-hop is well-known for. In his song “Can’t Slow My Role”, Young Buck doesn’t hesitate to brag about what he has and who he knows. He raps about being rich and owning boats and bikes, and he sounds good while doing it. While it’s true that most people can’t relate to owning expensive vehicles and having lots of rich friends, there’s something about this song that will make you feel like you can.
9. Gone In The Morning
“Gone in the Morning” is a leftover track from Young Buck’s debut album and it’s a shame that it wasn’t included on the project. The song hasn’t aged as well as some of his older stuff, but everyone who was around during the early 2000s knows that a feature from Trey Songz was as good as gold. At that time, featuring an R&B artist was also a great way for rappers to have commercial appeal.
10. Can’t Keep Livin’
Young Buck has been through a lot of things in his life. He opened up about some of them in this song. At the beginning of the song, Buck raps, “Life ain’t ‘posed to be like this, robbery and poverty/24 hour shifts to keep this cocaine off of me/Y’all ain’t livin how I’m livin, one mo’ week I’m seein prison” Despite dealing with a lot of tough moments, Buck has never let anything keep him down and this song is a true testament to that.