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Buck 65 Happy Being A Rural Canadian Rapper

Of the Oakland Press

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Geography carries considerable weight in rap music. So being from Nova Scotia -- [i]and[/i] being white -- has created some challenges for MC and turntablist Buck 65 over the years.

"Something that is of great concern in the hip-hop world...is this idea of street credibility," says Buck, who was born Richard Terfry. "If you're not an urban person, in a lot of cases, your credibility can be called into question right away.

"So the fact that I'm a rural guy has been problematic at times."

That said, Buck -- who released his latest album, "Situation," in October and is planning another, the electronic-oriented "More Heart Than Brains," for 2008 -- has never been less than truthful about where he comes from.

"Even when I was young, I had the sense to know if I tried to cover that up and create a whole other kind of fake persona for myself...as some kind of street-savvy inner city hustler, eventually the truth would be revealed and the game would be over for me," notes Buck, 35.

"So I knew the only chance for me would be to just enter this world as honestly as I possible could and say, 'Look, this is who I am...' And if after all that I get criticized, at least I can still sleep at night where if I'd been lying and was caught, oh my gosh that would be terrible. I think it's worked out."

Buck 65 and Bernard Doland perform Tuesday (Nov. 20) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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