How do you come back from an almost career ending defeat? You get your hustle on and push forward. This is exactly what former G-Unit solider Young Buck does with his latest offering The Rehab. After a 3 year drought, the Nashville native finally let’s go of his third album which is released via Real Talk Ent./Fontana. It has been publicly known and documented that Buck is still having issues with former boss Curtis Jackson. The question is, does the “Street Album” do enough to hold over the fans and restore some prestige to a nearly dying career? Does The Rehab show that Buck is worthy of a buyout, or will his career forever be known as a contractual hold up. Let’s take a closer look…
Lyrics – 7
Lyrically the album is good, the only knock I have with the whole album is that I have not seen growth in Buck as a lyricist. Buck has been through so much and will continue to be challenged, with that being said; I would have liked to have gotten just a bit more evolved David Brown then what was presented. I know Buck was never a ridiculous line spitter, but the combination of a great rapping voice and countless struggles set up this amazing platform for Buck to deliver on, but I can’t help but think he came up just a few feet short. I can defiantly respect the lack of features and the need to show fans that he can do it on his own, but I kept waiting for something different. I guess what I’m saying is that his lyrics didn’t have much replay value; you can take that as such.
Production – 7
Production on the album is dark and consistent to Buck’s southern roots. The party or up dance records are absent, but what you do find is heavy bass and snare drums that stay consistent to the type of records the Nashville native is known for. The beats don’t stand out as much as they should, they all seem similar, which is good, but I just wasn’t feeling them that much. If you’re the type looking to drive down the street and have a hard knocking aggressive beat in the background this is right up your ally. I would have like a few more slow mellow beats that helped give his lyrics a bit more shine, but there is not real complaint with the selection. I do think buck did a good job of selecting beats that fit his style; some rappers try too hard to “step outside the box” or try something different that doesn’t often work for them, but he did not do that with Rehab.
The songs on the album have two overall feels; there is the “strugglers” feel and the “overcoming” feel. It’s easy to see that Buck puts all his emotions and life tribulations in every song. He describes the hard times he has gone through these last few years on songs like Hood Documentary and Keep It Moving. He also elaborates more on the struggles of living in the hood and hustle. However, the interesting thing about this album is that he gives insight to the way his mind works positively. Songs like When the Rain Stops and Not Killing Me give off a great sense of what type of man Young Buck has become since his almost career ending breakup. He lacks any type of “commercial” or friendly single but that by no way means that the music isn’t good. The vibe from song to song is different from what I’m used to from the former G-Unit solider. It is very refreshing to see that making a good complete song is still high on his priority list.
Conclusion – 7.2
I don’t really know what more to say …then I’m kinda disappointed. I wanted so much for much to win and win big as a rapper. I always like this music and still do, I feel that when you are put in tough situations you have to find ways to overcome all the adversities. Granted, Young Buck may be grinding and doing what he needs too; to be a relevant name in the industry again but there’s something he hasn’t fully conquered. He isn’t giving us all he has; and until he does so, until he shows us that he has matured and fully grown from what he has been through, all we will continue to see from Buck are street albums.