Young Buck Talks IRS Raid, Eminem & Dr. Dre And Moving Forward: 'I Need The People On My Side'
Around the same time the recession began crunching the U.S. economy—David “Young Buck” Brown’s own financial woes were made public. Since, being ousted from the G-Unit crew in 2007, Buck has been unsuccessful in relieving himself from his gridlocked record deal with 50 Cent. Without the power or backing to release any new material or sign a new contract, Buck was left dolo to face off with the IRS, who claimed he owed upwards of three-hundred thousand in back taxes.
For the last three years, Buck as kept himself afloat and his loyal fanbase satisfied by releasing free material via mixtapes; last year’s well-received Back On Buck Shit Vol.1 was reminiscent of a Young Buck prior to the riches that came when he linked with The Unit. However, last Tuesday (Aug. 3) IRS agents stormed his Tennessee home to seize and confiscate all assets owned by the multi-platinum rapper. VIBE got in contact with Cashville’s most wanted to get the details of his recent tax problems, moving forward with his career, Buck’s “Campaign” and reaching out to Dr. Dre and Eminem. —Mikey Fresh
VIBE: What exactly were you doing before IRS agents ran in your house for the raid?
Young Buck: I was sleep, man. It was like 6:30 am. They were probably thinking I was still living how I was back in the day, because they came with their guns out and everything. My past has already been out there, so maybe they thought I was up to no-good. If you coming just to serve some tax papers and take assets, then you wouldn’t have M-16s, 12 gauges, and glocks all out. They making it seem like it’s a drug raid.
Did they actually kick in your door?
I opened the door and they rushed straight in, man. I didn’t even know what it was about. But I accept all responsibility. They put a nigga against the wall, yelling “who’s in here!?”, and pulled my kids to the front room, all that.
The media has been reporting that you still owe $300,000 in back taxes…
I don’t owe no $300,000, they was telling me I only owe them $164,000. And they saying they were trying to create some communication with me for three years. But my accountant was 50 Cent’s accountant, my lawyer was hired through his lawyer, my manager was 50 cent’s best friend. So once I was actually pushed away from that crew—I had to reconstruct my circle of people that was handling my business, and I ended up catching the backlash of that with this whole tax situation. I’m not trying to blame anyone though, I accept full responsibility, but one plus one equals two.
Just hours after the IRS raided your house, Drumma Boy sent you a batch of beats with no explanation, were you surprised?
Drumma is like my brother, so I wasn’t totally surprised. Once I heard the “My Campaign” beat, I started writing in minutes. The song is basically a free-Buck type of record. I’ve never went anywhere and keep myself relevant over the last three years without being able to put a nationwide album out
Is Drumma still producing your next mixtape?
Yup, Back On My Buckshit Vol. 2, the whole mixtape was produced by Drumma Boy. He was the first individual to tell me that "we just going to rock out on the music no matter what you going through." At this point, we probably have 30 records together. I just make the music and then we’ll pick which ones will make the tape.
Have any other artists reached out to you?
I’ve spoken to Jeezy, as always. Baby. These dudes have always been there since day one. The real ones know, Tip knows. I came up with Lil Wayne, that’s what people don’t know. I came up with a lot of successful individuals.
You recorded "My Campaign" just hours after the raid. Was it hard for you to go in and record right away after going through such an ordeal?
Not at all. That’s basically how I record all my great records. It was easier because I drew out what just went down hours before. I think it was something that happened to me to realize, “enough is enough.” I also got another recorded in the same session —I’m dropping that one after Labor Day. It's full of energy, so all y'all just be ready to sweat and get buck again. There’s a certain kind of vibe and energy that I bring to the game that’s missing.
Without releasing an album in over three years, what is your main focus with this mixtape?
People can gauge my situation. “My Campaign” represents the new movement of Buck. The people needed this record. Wyclef should play it at his inauguration—he should wake up in the morning everyday and play “My Campaign.” Straight up, like he’s trying to create his campaign to become president of Haiti, I’m running to get my career back in position. I’m looking for votes, I need the people on my side.