Young Buck & Mannie Fresh, 1998 ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL (NEW ORLEANS, LA) PHOTO BY KING YELLA
When Young Buck said “you probably seen me with Cash Money from back in the days,” on G-Unit’s “Stunt 101,” you had every reason to be confused. Buck never dropped any guest verses on their albums and he didn’t drop any albums with them. But for a brief moment, Buck was indeed a Cash Money Millionaire. Let this picture and his brief cameos in the “Big Ballin’” and “Ha” videos serve as evidence. Buck joined Juvenile when he left CMR in 2002 and then signed to Juvi’s UTP Records. The brief business relationship lead to Buck appearing on “Blood Hound” from 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ album. He eventually signed with 50’s label. Of course everyone remembers Mannie Fresh. Sadly, everyone remembers his bitter divorce from the label as well, taking his trademark sound with him. That’s probably what makes this picture more special than whatever day it was taken: the fact that the two men posing in front of the label’s airbrushed logo backdrop are no longer affiliated with the camp.
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