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.

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Homecoming: The 5 Best Moments Of Beyoncé’s Documentary

Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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