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Young Buck: Straight Outta Ca$hville

Young Buck: Straight Outta Ca$hville

Release Date:2004
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By Tom Breihan | Posted 10/6/2004

When the G-Unit group album Beg for Mercy appeared late last year, Young Buck sounded like the group’s weak link, the token Southerner, there only to offset 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks’ magnetic monotones. But since its release, 50 and Banks have become increasingly arrogant and uninspired; they barely even bother to stay on beat. Buck has only become fiercer and hungrier. His voice is a heavy, booming growl, and on his solo debut, Straight Outta Ca$hville, he comes with a rough, focused intensity that few would have expected from him less than a year ago.

Ca$hville is almost a concept album about how great, thick Southern accents sound on slick, cinematic New York clubstomper tracks. Even when the beats come from bona fide Southern producers such as Lil Jon or DJ Paul and Juicy J, they retain the stark, wind-swept style of New York producers like Havoc and Red Spyda; only the occasional snare flurry or bass explosion gives away Buck’s Southern roots. Buck and Southern guests—including Ludacris and Stat Quo—flow ridiculously over these tracks. On “Welcome to the South,” Buck, David Banner, and Lil Flip find the pocket of the creeping, ominous track and slam down syllables with pinpoint accuracy. And on “Bang Bang,” producer Needlz gives the chipmunk-soul treatment to Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” while Buck purrs menace.

Buck doesn’t reveal too much of his character, but the album is more about the sound of his voice than what that voice might be saying. There are a few missteps—the G-Unit can’t seem to do a good song about girls—but Ca$hville remains a strikingly strong and effective debut.

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