The glory days.
Short for Guerilla Unit, is a highly successful American hip hop group. Its original members were 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. After releasing an earful of mixtapes in the early 2000s, the group released their debut album Beg for Mercy in 2003, which sold a healthy 4,000,000 copies in the US, before moving on to achieve certified Quadruple Platinum status, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The album, which owed most of it's commercial success to 50 Cent's major-label debut Get Rich or Die Tryin', in my opinion, paved the way for Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo to release their respective, also sucessful solo debut albums.
Buck Meets 50
Young Buck is no stranger to the music industry, controversy or inconsistent relationships with record labels. His music career started when he performed for Brian "Baby" Williams. The co-founder of Cash Money. After several years on and off of Cash Money, Young Buck along with fellow label mate
Juvenile, decided to leave Cash Money for good in 2000 and go to UTP, where Buck stayed until 2003. His deal along with his relationship with UTP, later on in his career, led to a meeting with New York rapper 50 Cent, who later signed him to G-Unit Records, under Interscope.
Buck had a pretty successful run under the G-Unit faction.
Especially when compared to his previous experience with cash money, whom he had no official releases, or major album features. After being with G-Unit for a little over a year, Buck released his debut album, Straight Outta Cashville, which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, with over 2 million sales in the U.S. and 3.3 million Worldwide.
The Action Reaction Effect
The waiting game
Young Buck was eventually dismissed from G Unit Records for multiple reasons. In 2010, the IRS initated a raid on Buck's Nashville home, where the authorities found a .40 caliber Glock 22, as well as ammunition. It was later revealed that the rapper also had an outstanding $300,000 tax debt.
The bankruptcy lawyer of Young Buck exposed plans to sue Curtis Jackson and other parties over a record contract dispute, which eventually ended with his legal counsel re-filing a revised bankruptcy petition that no longer referenced a $5 million legal claim against 50 Cent and other parties associated with G Unit.
Currently Young Buck is back with G-Unit but doesnt seem like a very happy camper. He has signaled numerous times to be freed from his G Unit contract, but when it comes to a business mogul like 50 cent, you have to pay. Why not focus on selling a few records and go out with a bang. The track record shows that the earning potential exist.