Straight Outta Cashville

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Young Buck makes war, not love

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Positive Messages

Scary yet cliched--which is what is REALLY scary.


It's the whole point.


Some explicitness, but that's not really the point.


Very strong, meant to shock. Edited version is pointless, it's so badly edited.


Nothing compared to the violence.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It's the other whole point.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Young Buck is a fine storyteller, but the story itself sounds dated and clichéd, not to mention incredibly druggy and violent. When he has a minute to think about it, he's also sexist. This is an album not worth the potentially awkward discussion it could provoke with your kids.

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What's the story?

STRAIGHT OUTTA CASHVILLE opens with realistic-sounding gunshots, which are omitted from the edited version. But both edited and unedited begin with the unmistakable sound of someone smoking something to get high. The edits are sloppy and obvious, and you wonder why anyone even bothered to create a clean version of this very violent album. It may be hard for some listeners to reconcile this CD's nonstop nastiness with printed acknowledgments that thank a daughter, Jesus, and Mom -- all three might have a bit of a problem with the CD's message. High points are surprising and cleverly incorporated references to old songs such as \"Mama's Gonna Buy You A Mockingbird\" and \"Bang Bang.\" Still not enough to make this sound like more than warmed-over gangsta posturing.

Is it any good?

If there are any saving graces to the CD, they are the Ludacris cameo, the first-class production values, and Young Buck's skill as a visceral and effective storyteller. The overall sound, however, is tired and clichéd. There's no new point of view, no track creative or astonishing enough to elevate the CD to classic status; in other words, it's not even worth the potentially awkward discussions it could elicit with your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Young Buck think the nastiness and violence of this album will sell. Where is the artistry in this music -- is there some to be found?

Music details

  • Artist: Young Buck
  • Release date: August 16, 2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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