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In 2004 the then-G-Unit signee Young Buck released his debut solo album away from his group (which included Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, The Game and 50 Cent), and it finds the southern artist (as opposed to the majority of New Yorkers he was partners with) showing what he has to offer whilst taking things back to Nashville, Tennessee.
1. "I'm A Solider"
Starting this one up you hear that Buck performs with 50 in order to show who he is representing on this album from the very beginning of it, and with this he chooses to flow about what life is like in the south in a very descriptive manner in order to give you a strong understanding of how it all operates.
2. "Do It Like Me"
Getting a chance to do things, he is able to show what he personal has to offer without the aid of any others to help him, and here you see what the kind of work he wishes to come with for this record as it is straight Gangsta Rap done in a style very much in the way which was popular for the time (but notably in a style more representative of the East Coast style, rather than the southern way).
3. "Let Me In"
This was the artists debut solo single and a banger of a track at that as it finds him on some of the most appealing beats you could get from the time as Needlz comes with something which you would immediately associate with G-Unit to back him up as he does a hyped streets track designed as an anthem for the outlaws such as himself who just want things to be done their way.
4. "Look At Me Now"
You hear that for this one the style of the beats change towards something which takes things a bit further away from the typical G-Unit style of production as you here Mr. Porter (D12's Kon Artis) backing him up n this one for another of the singles, and I saw it as a fly one, but I found tha tit took some time to really get into.
5. "Welcome To The South"
Finally on this one we have something which truly represents what the Dirty South is about, and I felt that this was able to happen because of David Banner's role init as the producer and guest rapper, and with this you here that Buck is able to really talk on something which he knows about by getting down with the Buck work of this area of the US for this track. You also get Houston's Lil' Flip here, and so with this Texas-Mississippi-Texas thing, you see the unity of the southern states in Hip Hop.
6. "Prices On My Head"
Fellow G-Unit solider Lloyd Banks joins him for this one as they do another one which appears to have a hardcore southern feel to it with many of the sounds which you would immediately associate with the nineties style of Southern Rap here, and I felt that it backed up the one prior to it well and helped to continue the flow of the album.
7. "Bonafide Hustler"
You here things taken back towards New York here as Yayo and 50 come to work with him. Of course the biggest issue is Tony Yayo (who simply cannot rap) and so he just brings the quality down just for having his name associated with the music, but the other two contribute to a fly and chilled one which manages to provide listeners with something which sounds to depict the south again.
8. "Shorty Wanna Ride"
With Lil' Jon behind the production you have one which allows Buck to take it to the clubs and really deliver as he does so as he is able to show more of the southern influences he has with this Crunk track which is done just for headbanging in the clubs. It really suits his style of rapping and you can't fault it.
9. "Bang Bang"
Here you have him performing a rather dark one which has him attempting to portray something which you don't often get much of as this one has him getting into the whole Gangsta rap work, but from an alternative angle as he talks of how he knows how likely it will be that at some point someone takes him out and so he likes in a manner to prevent this from being erased from the game.
10. "Thou Shall"
The content of the music seems to stay on the same level for this one, and as the one prior to it wasn't really doing all that for me, I wasn't too keen on having it maintain a standard which wasn't really coming up with anything all that memorable. It held it back, and I felt that having it placed where it was, it made it sound worse.
11. "Black Gloves"
In the final track where the artist works completely on his own, you have him here coming with one which has him working on beats which uncover some his diversity and how he can cop with things which you wouldn't really expect him to work on, but he still brings out something effective form it. The content was a little predictable and the rhyming style here reflects this, so s i didn't really lift it all that much.
Here you find one of the most popular tracks off the album and it has him working with the then-G-Unit West Coast name, The Game, in addition to Atlanta's Ludacris, you come to perform another Crunk track to take it to the south in a hardcore Gangsta Rap track designed just to get you hyped with this fight music.
13. "Taking Hits"
The beats in this one are heavy and act as a perfect way to back up what was found on the track prior to it, and it sees that with it you get him doing more of the same sort of thing as what was found just before with him just rapping it all apart with rough backing complete with lots of associated sound effect to really get you into the atmosphere.
14. "Walk With Me"
Ending the album you have him dipping into the G-Unit roster and pulling out another southern name as Stat Quo is seen to work with him here and it sees that he is rally able to get the most out the material in these closing moments with something which really represents the overall sound of the record with this.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this album, as I expected 50 to take control and force him to do many tracks in his style, but in fact you see that the music is much more varied than this as after he has done a few of these, he gets the chance to do something which compliments his way of rapping much more as he is backed by southern producers and artists.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I'm A Soldier
2 Do It Like Me
3 Let Me In
4 Look At Me Now
5 Welcome To The South
6 Prices On My Head
7 Bonafide Hustler
8 Shorty Wanna Ride
9 Bang Bang
10 Thou Shall
11 Black Gloves
13 Taking Hits
14 Walk With Me
16 Young Buck: Life In A Day (Video)