Since Bun B came in the game two decades ago with the late Pimp C as part of the duo UGK (Underground Kingz), he has consistently become more popular and well-known nationally and internationally by fans of all races, no doubt aided by an appearance on Jay-Z’s smash, “Big Pimpin’,” and collaborating with fellow southern hip-hoppers, Three 6 Mafia, on “Sippin’ On Some Sizzurp.” But his insane ability to stay relevant has had just as much, if not more to do with his impervious artistic integrity and openness to collaborating with new school artists. At an age where many rappers are clinging on to careers, the 38-year-old Bun has settled in comfortably in his role as a rap OG, even taking on the responsibility of teaching a hip-hop and religion course at Rice University. In this no-holds-barred interview, Bun B takes us back to his Texas roots to recall how he used to get pulled over on his way to do shows, why UGK wouldn’t talk about Sizzurp in interviews, what racial slur Jive wouldn’t allow him to use as a nickname on wax, and tackles an ugly issue that still lurks in the wake of hip-hop’s globalization—the usage of the “N” word.
I also had an interview feature published on Complex Magazine’s site last week with producer Emile, who has worked with legendary artists like Eminem, Ghostface Killah, and Kanye West (he co-produced “Runaway”). He had some very interesting stories to share about the making of the songs in his catalog. Definitely an interesting read, and a dude to watch out for in the years to come. Check the feature out below….
One of the artists Emile is currently working with is Lana Del Rey, a new singer on the scene from Lake Placid, New York. She’s really dope, and is getting a lot of attention on the blogs and in the press. Check out her videos for “Video Games” and the Emile produced “Blue Jeans” below and see what the buzz is all about…
She’s dope, right? Catch ya later…