News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Juvenile On Young Buck & UTP Reunion, "I'm Never Gonna Shy Away From Trying To Do Business" [Video]
Thursday, Oct 1, 2009 12:00PM
With the emergence of Young Buck on a number of mixtapes as of late, Juvenile recently kicked back with SOHH to discuss the possibility of a UTP reunion with the former G-Unit member.
In addition to speaking on the chances of coming back together, Juvie also discussed how appreciative he was toward 50 Cent for allowing Buck to join the Unit around 2003.
"Yeah, I'm cool, I'm a business man," Juvenile said about a possible UTP reunion. "First of all, I want people to understand that and I am the owner of UTP. I want people to understand that I'm never gonna shy away from trying to do business. I was really the big push for Buck going to 50 because me and 50 was real cool and I looked at it like, 'Man, you could help me out by helping my dude because I can't really do nothin' for him right now. I was having a paper work crisis in that era when 50 came out and I did everything for 50 and I'm glad to see you on top, you know what I'm saying, and he said something good about me in his book, I appreciate that. It's all love with me, bruh. I like to see cats come up, I'm not on that kick, trying to bring a cat down, I get mad when somebody try to bring me down. That's the only problem we'll get out of it. I've seen Buck, I've done shows with Buck. We done got our puff on, it was cool, no problems." (SOHH)
Buck officially made his move to 50's camp roughly six years ago.
Buck ran into Juvenile who was ready to split with Cash Money at the time and hit the road with the rapper. When the tour hit New York City Buck met 50 Cent and was soon asked to join his G-Unit crew. He did, with Juvenile's blessing, and co-wrote and appeared on the 50 Cent track "Bloodhound." G-Unit's full-length debut, Beg for Mercy, brought Buck to everyone's attention in 2003. It had gone double platinum by the time Buck's first G-Unit associated record, Straight Outta Cashville, appeared on Interscope in 2004. Three years later he returned with the hard hitting Buck the World. (All Music)
However, Buck's dismissal from G-Unit was later made public when 50 announced the decision last year on Hot 97's now-defunct "Miss Jones in the Morning" program.
"You can look at it and see that's Game all the way," Fif said in the interview. "I was giving him a chance, giving him the benefit of the doubt. You can take this as an official notice right here, pretty much you can say, Young Buck is no longer in the group G-Unit, but signed to G-Unit [Records] as a solo artist." (The Miss Jones Morning Show)
UTP was constructed around the early 2000's and consisted of mostly Louisiana-based emcees.
The Uptown Project Playas, named for New Orleans' Uptown district, were initially conceived as a posse, with fluid boundaries between key members of the group and guest stars like Young Buck. True to its title, the group's 2002 debut, The Compilation, has the eclectic, anything-goes feel of a good mixtape, thanks to the revolving-door studio policy that includes spots by Skip, Wacko, Soulja Slim, Lower Level, Corey Cee and Lil Tee. The follow-up, 2003's Juvenile Presents: Street Stories, has fewer solo tracks by the various rappers and a more collaborative, freestyling feel, although the stable of guest stars features almost all of the same names. Following Young Buck's move to 50 Cent's G-Unit crew and the murder of Soulja Slim (James Tapp) on November 26, 2003, the UTP Playas downsized dramatically, curtailing the guest star spots and turning into a self-contained crew featuring Juvenile, Wacko, and Skip. Issued in 2004, Nolia Clap was the first release with the new slimmed-down lineup. (Billboard)
Check out a portion of Juvenile's SOHH interview below: