Who is Buck 22? You May Be More Familiar With His Music Than You Think
The internet spat out an awesomely bad song and music video collaboration that included Billy Ray Cyrus and some rapper named “Buck 22″. While you might not know the name, it turns out you might be familiar with his music.
In the ‘Achy Breaky 2′ video, Buck 22 offers the verse “I be next to BRC / Up on TMZ / Got everyone wonderin’ who I am” – and I have to admit, I was one of those people wondering who he was. As I was watching the Achy Breaky 2 video, it struck me as odd that some no-name rapper landed Billy Ray Cyrus, Larry King, and a video production team that seems to know what they are doing. After digging around, I discovered a link to this video for a song by Josh Strickland and Holly Madison, in which Mr. Buck 22 was doing his best Timbaland impression – except he was calling himself Damon Elliott, not Buck 22.
As it turns out, Elliott (A.K.A. Buck 22, the rapper behind ‘Achy Breaky 2′) is actually a notable name in the music industry. Known primarily as a producer, Damon Elliott has worked with some big names in the music industry, including P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Kelis, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and many others. His most notable work was on ‘Lady Marmalade’ from the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge
Damon Elliott, who refers to himself on Twitter as Hip Hop, Country, and Rock, is the son of singer and actress Dionne Warwick and musician/actor Bill Elliott. He owns his own record label called Confidential Records, and also does a little acting and performing along with his producing.
Along with having credits on albums like Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ Album and P!nk’s M!ssundaztood, he has written and produced songs for several soundtracks like The Lincoln Lawyer, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Fame, and Fat Albert.
According to Elliott, he approached Billy Ray Cyrus about remaking ‘Achy Breaky Heart’. Rolling Stone Magazine reports that before Elliott even approached Cyrus, he had been working on an idea to remake the song. Billy Ray reportedly responded by saying ‘lots of people have tried already, but go for it.’ Billy apparently liked it enough that he made an appearance on the song and in the video.