If you were a hip-hop fan during the early and mid-2000s, you probably have lots of memories of Young Buck and the rest of G-Unit. As the only southern rapper in the bunch, Young Buck brought a unique sound and energy to the clique. Unfortunately, however, for him and the rest of G-Unit, good things always come to an end. As his relationship with the group’s founder, 50 Cent, started to deteriorate, Young Buck eventually found himself on the outside looking in. Even though things with G-Unit didn’t work out the way he hoped, Young Buck refused to let anything stand in the way of him doing what he loves. Keep reading to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Young Buck.
1. He Started Rapping As A Teenager
Young Buck was just 14-years-old when he started rapping, but music was an important part of his life even before that. During an interview with Who Mag, Young Buck said, “I’ve always had the love for the music. It wasn’t necessarily for the money, because I’ve always found myself getting into the money before I actually saw any money because of the music. It was just the love of the music and the love of the art. I like to see people enjoying themselves to something that they’re hearing. It developed from that.”
2. He Was Once Affiliated With Cash Money
G-Unit is the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of Young Buck. What many don’t realize, however, is that he was also part of another famous hip-hop crew. Prior to signing with G-Unit, Young Buck was working with Brian ‘Baby’ Williams of Cash Money, and he planned on releasing an album with the label.
3. He’s Done Some Acting
Music is definitely Young Buck’s thing, but over the year he’s also tried his hand at other areas in the entertainment industry. Buck has done a little bit of acting over the years. In 2006, he played a character named Smoke in the movie Loyalty & Respect. As far as we can tell, he doesn’t have plans to do more acting.
4. He’s A Father
Although we know that Young Buck is a father, we aren’t sure exactly how many children he has. Some sources reported that he has one child while others report that he has three. Either way, he hasn’t said much about his children in the media so it’s difficult to find any information. In 2020, he was arrested for child abandonment.
5. He Claims To Have Written Songs For 50 Cent
In hip-hop, there’s always added respect for rappers who pen their own lyrics. So when Young Buck claimed that he’s written entire songs for 50 Cent, lots of people were caught off guard. According to Revolt, Young Buck said, “I wrote 50 music bro, I done wrote full songs where you n**gas is listening to 50 rap my words — word for word. A n**ga might change one [word] here or a line here, but if you listen to the ‘Too Rich’ song, that’s just off my head. One I inked from top to bottom.”
6. He’s Struggled With Financial Issues
While it may seem like people who work in the music industry are making endless amounts of money, that usually isn’t the case. Like many artists before him, Young Buck found himself trapped in a bad deal that left him with less money than he thought. In 2010, he ended up filing for bankruptcy and he ultimately had to sell several valuable items.
7. He’s A Private Person
Despite having spent more than 15 years in the music industry, Young Buck has never been one to get caught up with telling all of his business to the world. He has always been a very private person. There aren’t many details about his private life floating around on the internet and he probably plans to keep it that way.
8. He Started His Own Record Label
Young Buck is the founder of a record label called Cashville which originally started as an imprint of G-Unit. The label currently has nearly two dozen artists on its roster including Young Buck. However, no albums have been released under the label since 2015.
9. He Was Almost Killed In a Shooting
Even outside of the drama he’s been involved with thanks to 50 Cent, Young Buck has also dealt with some other serious problems. In 2000, Young Buck was nearly killed after suffering multiple gunshots during a home invasion. Luckily, his life was saved with the help of a blood transfusion.
10. He Found Out He Was Kicked Out Of G Unit By Listening To The Radio
Usually, when people get fired from a job, there’s a formal process that must be followed. That isn’t usually the case in the music industry, though. While talking to Revolt, Young Buck revealed that he learned he was kicked out of G-Unit after hearing it on the radio.