Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 23, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Buck the World

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Young Buck
Producers
G-Unit
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

This Nashville native — the lone Southern soldier in 50 Cent’s G-Unit camp — does his hometown proud on his second solo album, Buck the World. Producers including Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, and Jazze Pha supply a top-notch set of stomping, symphonic beats; those backdrops might overwhelm a lesser vocalist, but Young Buck’s booming tone never falters. Balancing belligerent boasts with flashes of vulnerable honesty, he out-raps some formidable guests (T.I., Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg) and delivers G-Unit’s strongest LP in recent memory. B+

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