Young Buck can move a crowd. One of the four horsemen of the infamous rap group G-Unit, Young Buck commandeered the stage at Seattle's Chop...

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Young Buck can move a crowd.

One of the four horsemen of the infamous rap group G-Unit, Young Buck commandeered the stage at Seattle’s Chop Suey Monday night.

The Nashville native opened with the track, “Money in the Bank,” off his new album, “Case Dismissed,” to energize and mesmerize the crowd. He accomplished both tasks.

As the night grew, so did the crowd. By 11:30 when Young Buck took the stage, the once half-full venue soon became nearly packed to capacity. Throughout his act, he rarely finished a song in its entirety. Instead, he performed snippets of songs with intermittent pauses, so he could converse with the crowd.

“Where are my 206 people at?” he asked, constantly making references to local neighborhoods, establishments and area codes to create a sense of community with the fans.

Heads never stopped bobbing and hands were in the air at all times.

Even I had to raise my two fingers in the air when he asked the crowd to show love for the late hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. The Outlawz, Shakur’s old crew, guested with Buck on a short rendition of Pac’s track “Hail Mary.” Buck respectfully fell into the backdrop and allowed the Outlawz to take the lead.


Monday night, Chop Suey, Seattle

Songs like the adrenaline-pumping “Get Buck” that celebrate illegitimate street acts like carrying a package of cocaine — “Eightball in my corner pocket, it’s on and poppin/ Got the whole club leanin wit’ it, and body rockin” — tend to stereotype him into the violent-rapper genre.

But in contrast, he also delivered the calmer vibe of “Slow Your Roll,” which pleads with listeners to avoid the pitfalls of a fast lifestyle — “Live life … quit tryin to be grown/You gon’ miss momma when she dead and gone.”

These mixed messages could make Young Buck seem hypocritical, but that judgment limits his ability to portray contradictions in a world that is inherently complex. Sure, his lyrics aren’t the most socially conscious, but at least he holds the charismatic ability to make people forget about the world’s problems for a few hours and just enjoy the music. Opening acts DJ Top Spin, Gameboy and Block Teamsters Union (Du 4 Self, I-Game, Parker Bruthas and Black Senate) received mixed responses of cheers and jeers from the divided crowd. Local rappers Black Senate received considerable boos. It wasn’t until Young Buck took the stage that the crowd finally moved together in unison.