Former 50 Cent protégé Young Buck pleaded not guilty to federal felony gun possession charges in a Nashville court on Monday, which could land him in prison for up to 10 years.
The one-time G-Unit rapper’s home was raided in August 2010 by Internal Revenue Service agents seeking $300,000 in unpaid back taxes. During the raid, officials alleged they discovered a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition belonging to the musician (real name: David Brown).
While the indictment in the cast has been sealed until next Monday, the judge allowed him to post an additional $100,000 bond by Friday to get his passport back, so he could play a show in Canada.
Back in 2004, Buck became a convicted felon after a judge found him guilty of stabbing a man at the Vibe Awards in California. As a result, he is not allowed to possess any firearm, and could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Young Buck has had a rough road since unceremoniously parting ways with 50 Cent and Interscope Records. He attempted to sue both parties, claiming they shortchanged him out of earnings and royalties.
50, however, has long insisted that he not only was fair in paying Buck, but also helped the lyricist with additional funds to pay off his previous debts.
At the time of the raid, Buck was emphatic that he had been cheated out of funds.
"I have a new team in place, but I am also paying full attention now," he said in a statement. "Nothing like this will ever happen again. This is a huge wake-up call for all entertainers to stay on top of your own trusted employees and team members, and replace anyone that was put in place by your record label if the situation you have goes sour. This IRS situation came about because I trusted accountants, lawyers and managers to handle my business for me while I focused on making music. From now on, I am going to stay on top of my own business."