I wonder if Chris Rock says anything about Joe Budden
For one exciting moment earlier this year, Young Buck seemed to be on his way out of G-Unit. In one interview, he chastised Tony Yayo for allegedly slapping Game’s manager’s kid and talked about bonding with Jadakiss during All-Star weekend. And he removed 50 Cent’s anti-Cam’ron rant from the end of his song “Hold On.” 50 Cent didn’t take too kindly to this sudden burst of independence; in one interview soon after, he said that he’d be willing to kick out any G-Unit member whose name wasn’t Tony Yayo and that Buck in particular shouldn’t get too comfortable. Up until that point, Buck had served as the crew’s most loyal and reliable enforcer, the guy who’d unthinkingly back 50 Cent up on whatever ridiculous feud he was starting that week. It was a weird role for Buck, the best rapper in the crew and the only one with an audience that extends even a little bit outside G-Unit’s base. I was hoping either he or 50 would pull the trigger and Buck would take his rightful place in the Southern rap constellation as something other than a G-Unit backup guy. He sounds better on churning Southern beats like “Get Buck” than he does on assembly-line G-Unit club-rap, he has better chemistry with Young Jeezy and Trick Daddy than he does with any of the G-Unit guys, and his short-fuse persona is a whole lot better suited to lone-wolf ferocity than it is to overdog gloating. But now it’s six months later and everything is more or less back to normal. On Rap City the week before 50 released Curtis, Buck hung in the background, playing pool and throwing warnings at all of 50’s newest foes and dumping all his money on the floor when 50 told him to. When 50 made an offhand bullshit comment about how Lil Wayne is a good rapper who doesn’t know how to make good songs, Buck started ranting that he’d expose Wayne and end Wayne’s career. And now the new G-Unit Radio mixtape is out, and Buck has a track dissing Lil Wayne. This guy won’t give up on G-Unit until G-Unit gives up on him.
Buck’s Wayne dis is called “Class Is In Session,” and it’s a relatively unremarkable piece of mixtape-boilerplate menace, with rattling drizzly beat and Buck doing his baby-Scarface snarl. Buck also tosses a few warnings at new G-Unit target DJ Khaled, but that’s nowhere near as important as Buck’s new campaign against Wayne. Last month, 50 included a few cursory lines about Wayne on an unbelievably halfassed love-song called “Part Time Lover,” but they were mostly just grumbling digressions about Wayne kissing Birdman. But Buck’s song represents G-Unit’s first real attack on the guy, though it’s just as unlikely to do Wayne any real damage as “Part Time Lover” was. G-Unit’s big issue with Wayne is apparently Wayne’s decision to do a song with old G-Unit arch-nemesis Ja Rule, the unexpectedly great single “Uh-Ohhh!” That’s the same problem that 50 Cent had with Fat Joe and Jadakiss a couple of years ago. Apparently, it’s just not OK for anyone to do a song with Ja Rule for any reason. Here’s Buck: “Uh-oh, here we go, he standing by Ja Rule / Forgetting that me and Baby used to drop him off at school.” Buck was on Cash Money for a little while before he joined G-Unit, so he has some history with Wayne, and that’s what he was talking about when he said he’d expose Wayne. On the track, Buck talks about how Wayne had at one point gotten frustrating with Baby’s accounting practices and considered leaving Cash Money. Of course, that’s not really a shock to anyone who’s been paying attention to Cash Money over the last few years. For one thing, Baby seems to be the worst rap boss this side of Suge Knight; the other three members of the Hot Boys have been unanimous in their disgust with him. For another, it’s common knowledge that Wayne thought about departing Cash Money for Def Jam until Baby offered to make him the label’s president; Wayne talked about that himself on the first Dedication mixtape. And if Buck really wanted to hurt Wayne, he would’ve had to do it with a track a whole lot better than “Class Is in Session.”
Thus far, Wayne has pointedly ignored all the mockery coming from G-Unit, just as he did with Gillie Da Kid. And that’s a smart move on Wayne’s part; his style isn’t really suited for battle-rap, and long, distracting, acrimonious beefs with G-Unit haven’t really helped out anyone other than Game. And Wayne has bigger things to attend to; he’s been exchanging subtle subliminal darts with Jay-Z for the better part of a year now, which means G-Unit backup guys are beneath him. 50 Cent might’ve sold a whole lot of copies of Curtis, but his sales-battle loss to Kanye West was proof-positive that G-Unit aren’t dominating rap the way they once did. So they can’t really hope to be taken seriously if they keep acting like malevolent warlords. Earlier this year, Buck released Buck the World, a pretty good album that still registered as a disappointment after his great debut. Something tells me he’d be capable of doing something a whole lot better from outside of the G-Unit factory, but we probably won’t find out for a long time. Or maybe he’ll piss 50 off yet. The only real surprise on “Class Is in Session” is this line: “Put me next to Kanye and he won’t outsell me.” I have to wonder how 50 reacted when he heard that.