Originally created 09/09/04

Rapper's roots were firmly set while child in Nashville streets



There's more to Nashville, Tenn., than country music, according to 23-year-old rapper Young Buck.

After appearing on rapper 50 Cent's 2003 debut, Get Rich or Die Trying, and touring Europe with 50 Cent's G-Unit, the Nashville native took a break to promote his debut, Straight Outta Cashville, released on G Unit/Interscope Records on Aug. 23.

Inspired by one of his first CDs, N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, his release shows a different side of Nashville.

It vividly describing a gangster's paradise, with tales of robberies, drug deals and street life that Young Buck (real name, David Brown) deemed necessary for survival growing up with a single parent in his impoverished area of town. This lifestyle led to Young Buck's being shot twice.

"When you are involved in the streets, things like that happen. I'm just blessed to say I walked away from the situation," he said from a speakerphone in New York while getting his hair braided the day before his CD's release.

Determined to be a rapper since his preteens, he quit school at 16 and moved to New Orleans. His career took off with a chance meeting with 50 Cent, then an underground rapper. 50 Cent told Young Buck that if he made it big, he'd come back for him. The rapper kept his word.

"I don't even think he was looking for someone from the South. I was just at the right place at the right time. When God's plan is at work, you can't stop it," he said.

His music has allowed him to get his mother out of the projects and into a new home and to take care of his daughter, Jayla, 2. With plans to start a line of car rims, a cartoon and more, he has just begun his hustle.

"I can turn a penny into $20 and a 'hooptie' into a Bentley; all you got to do is give me a chance," he said.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.