Bun B Discusses Pimp C's New Song, Rally Races And "The Sheik"
Bun B at Free Press Summer Fest, June 4, 2011
Yesterday, we linked to "Grippin' On the Wood," a churchy squish that unfurls into a snapshot of one of Southern rap's most engrossing talking points: Wooden steering wheels. Beyond simply being an enjoyable song, it's extra interesting because it's a Pimp C single that features Bun B and Big K.R.I.T. - so it's really a UGK single that features Big K.R.I.T.
K.R.I.T., by the way, has officially become the default answer to the "Which New Rapper Has The Best Twang?" discussion. If you've not yet downloaded his latest tape, Return of 4Eva, you should.
At any rate, we bothered Bun B for a few minutes to discuss the new song. Things mostly stayed on course this time. Four pieces of insight from the conversation follow. You know what it is.
When we spoke with him, Bun was actually in the middle of another one of those car rallies he's grown fond of lately. Most famously, he participates in the hot-to-trot Gumball 3000, a 3,000 mile trek that covers what sounds to be like the interesting parts of the globe; last year he hurt himself, but not too bad.
Wednesday, Bun was taking a break during the race to talk. He's not participating in this new race entirely, because he has shows scheduled in the coming days. In the background, a man approached and asked to take a picture with him.
Bun agreed, naturally, which meant that at that very moment in time, he was posing for a picture while conducting an interview while participating in a cross-country car rally on his off day between performing some concerts on his off days between being a university professor.
It's like the guy runs on that same type of super battery that powered Iron Man. Bun B is a superhero and nobody will ever be able to successfully argue otherwise.
The two most obvious questions that arose while listening to the new song were a) Who controls Pimp C's unheard music?; and b) How much more is left?
His answers: a) Pimp's family does, even though everyone assumes that Bun does, and both of those things are exactly as they should be; and b) He does not know, but likely a lot, because Pimp C was a fervent creator and recorder of music.
We asked him about whether or not when younger rappers ask him for advice and to be on songs and whatnot his brain automatically processes that he is a legend and he should treat the situation as such, or if he sees himself as more their contemporary. He gave the advice you'd expect him to give - yes to the legend thing if the situation necessitates that kind of response, and the same thing for the contemporary thing. He gave it without hesitation and we couldn't but wonder how many times he's been asked that same question.
The best exchange that took place, though, happened while he was discussing the car-rally culture:
Bun B: It's like another world. Once you get into it, you meet all of these same guys that are all doing it; we're talking about some of the richest guys in the world.
Houston Press [laughs]: Yeah, it seems like it.
BB: No, no. Not "it seems like it," it is. One guy, for example, just sold [a portion] of his company for $800,000,000.
HP: ... Jesus.
BB: Another guy, we call him The Sheik, and he doesn't really like it, but that's because he's a sheik. It's formal and informal at the same time.
A sheik, son. Bun B is hanging out with goddamn sheiks. FYL.
Follow Bun B on Twitter at @BunBTrillOG. We will have a full breakdown of the new album, Still Pimpin', being arranged by Pimp C's family and the Rap-A-Lot team, when it releases this coming July.
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