In an interview with the Nashville Scene, Buck broke down the motivation behind Fifty’s murky dealings. “His reaction, being so harsh, is to basically stall me out to a position where I lose everything, to where my numbers drop…[He wants] to pretty much destroy my life from a silent-sided way of doing things. That’s his angle, and my contracts allow him to be able to do that.”
Much to his chagrin, Buck explained this same contractual stalemate is likewise preventing him from working with other major label artists such as T.I. and Lil Wayne. “The problem is, I go to be a feature on their hit record, and then they have to go to 50 Cent to clear me on the record, and he says, ‘No.’ And they’re looking like, ‘Well, damn’ — cause if it wasn’t for that I would probably be on every record that’s out right now, cause everybody and their mama reaches out and gives me support.”
He continued, “To this day 50 Cent has not been man enough to give me a conversation face-to-face or over the phone. I did everything a man could possibly do to try to grow some type of understanding. I come from the ghetto, from the streets. So taking a legal approach about things is not my way of doing business in the beginning. If we can do business without going that route I’m always down for it.”
Until then, the Nashville rapper confessed he will still continue to grind through mixtape releases and regional shows. When the opportunity arises though, Buck says his collaborations will not be limited to the Hip Hop arena as he plans to start working with country artists. “There is no reason for me to be born and raised where country music has such a popularity, for me not to be somewhere in that loop.”
Buck added, “There’s something that country music can introduce to this Hip Hop world, and there is something that this Hip Hop world can introduce to country music. For a long time I was biased to a lot of things of that nature because I didn’t listen to it. I’m basically growing up and turning into a better artist and I’m trying to expand my music.”
You can read the entire feature piece here. The release date of Young Buck’s third album The Rehab is still uncertain.