Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘Straight Outta Ca$hville’ Edition

buckcahsville3. Young Buck-Straight Outta Ca$hville

"In the street, the consensus is that Buck's album is better than Banks's," said 50 Cent, in a 2005 interview with VIBE, about Young Buck and Lloyd Banks' debut albums. Yup, even the G-Unit general knew Young Buck had somehow usurped the Punchline King as the second best in the crew. Few knew what to make of Buck when he first started rolling with G-Unit. He made an appearance on "Blood Hound" off 50 Cent's Get Rich but it wasn't enough to establish him. He did that on the Unit's Beg For Mercy where he was able to step in and play as

Banks and 50 were slick with their words, two cool customers who'd sooner mumble their verses than raise their voice. But Buck was blatant and brutal. "Committed to the block, fuck these niggas, fuck the cops/Fuck these bitches, fuck ya chain, fuck ya car, fuck ya watch," he spewed on "Prices On My Head." Straight Outta Cashville was still a slick record with all the G-Unit polish of big beats; Lil Jon finding the perfect junction of twang and crunk on "Shorty Wanna Ride," Needlz's timely sample of Nancy Sinatra's "Bang, Bang" right after Quentin Tarantino used it in Kill Bill, and DJ Paul and Juicy J's pulsating "Stomp." And the raps were all still the typical G-Unit gun talk, drug dealing, and a body count to match the Iraq war, where every action left you wondering, "What's worse? Waking up in the pen, or sleeping up under the dirt?" But what made it special was Buck's exuberance that proved that even as G-Unit took over the world, it still had a home in the Dirty South. —Insanul Ahmed

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