Rapper Young Buck is preparing to sue his former boss 50 Cent for $5 million (£3.3 million) after the hip-hop mogul reportedly refused to release the ex-G-Unit member from his record label.
Buck, real name David Darnell Brown, was booted out of the In Da Club hitmaker's G-Unit group in 2008 amid allegations of disloyalty, but he remained on the G-Unit Records client roster despite attempts to quit his contract.
He was recently forced to file for bankruptcy after being slapped with a $300,000 (£200,000) tax bill from America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but the embattled star denied he was facing financial ruin, insisting it was a calculated move to allow him to terminate his current recording and publishing contracts with 50 Cent's abel.
Now Buck - who previously accused 50, real name Curtis Jackson, of attempting to destroy his career - is taking his ex-pal and his former manager Sha Money XL to court over the matter.
His attorney Lynda Brown says, "Mr. Brown intends to reorganize his debts and pay off the IRS in a timely manner... He will also be filing a lawsuit in the next 30-60 days against his former manager, G-Unit label and Mr. Curtis Jackson."