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Buck 65

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Richard Terfry, who records under the name Buck 65, is a Canadian hip hop rap artist and turntablist. New Music Canada says that he raps "about real stories, rhymes with real emotion and makes beats that declare the artistic validity of the sampling process." He often uses elements of Americana in his rapping, such as baseball and small-town childhood. He is a member of the 1200 Hobos, a loosely-knit hip-hop collective founded by Cincinnati DJ Mr. Dibbs.

Buck is from Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, near Halifax, Nova Scotia. He had a regular radio show on Halifax Dalhousie community radio station CKDU, called "The Bassment", later renamed "The Treatment". After Terfry stopped hosting the show, Halifax DJ Skratch Bastid (Paul Murphy) picked up the reins. The show has since been discontinued.

Many of his early projects attracted attention after they were re-released, first on the independent Metaforensics label and subsequently by Warner Music. A notable early release, Sebutonedef (originally released in 1996 by Funtrip Records), was a collaboration with fellow Halifax artist Sixtoo. Other releases by the duo, known as the Sebutones, are Psoriasis and 50/50 Where It Counts. Man Overboard, originally released on the Anticon label, was a significant turning point in his career. His most recent record is Talkin' Honky Blues.

He lists his influences as being MC Shan, David Lynch, J.V.C. FORCE, John Galliano, and Kool Keith.

Buck goes by a number of aliases including Stinkin' Rich, Johnny Rockwell, DJ Critical, Jesus Murphy, Haslam, and Uncle Climax.

In August of 2004, Buck sparked some controversy in the underground hip-hop world over comments he made to an interviewer in Kerrang! magazine. Buck was quoted as saying that he had "grown to hate" hip hop as he had educated himself about music, and charging that "people behind hip hop donít know anything about music theory." In response, fellow rapper and former Anticon label-mate Sage Francis (in a post on his website) stated that "Buck has had his head up his arse for many years now." Buck later apologized, saying he had gone overboard after being provoked by the interviewer and that he didn't really believe what he had said.


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