Bun B

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    June 2, 2014

    FPSF Preview Breakfast Is Almost Too Hot to Handle

    If you want to see a bunch of food writers turn into divas, make them stand outside in the heat and mud and don't feed them. The first day of Free Press Summer Fest saw some ticketing hiccups early in the morning before the annual preview breakfast featuring the musical stylings of Bun B paired wit ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    FPSF Brings Back Preview Breakfast Pairing Music and Food

    Take a look at the elaborate still lifes in any museum, and it will be clear that food and art go hand-in-hand. Paintings of dining scenes abound. Films and plays take place around the dinner table or use food as a plot device through which to move the action. Literature has an entire genre--food wr ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014

    Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Making a Difference: Artists Who Have Share Their Wisdom

    "Joni Mitchell once said that singing, crying, and laughing all come up out of the same need. So, I think that's what art is for..." -- Erykah Badu A certain array of life questions are essential to one's own personal growth and development: who am I? Where am I going? What do I want to be when I g ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    Creating Bun B's Ultimate Trill Album

    In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Bun B & the Houston Symphony's "Concert Against Hate" at Jones Hall, 11/14/2013

    "Concert Against Hate" Houston Symphony feat. Bun B Jones Hall November 14, 2013 Thursday afternoon, Bernard Freeman paces nervously backstage at Jones Hall during rehearsals for the evening's program. "This isn't your normal House of Blues show," he proclaims. The scope of this performance is ind ... More >>

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    September 23, 2013

    12 Hours In Houston: Bun B & the Mayor, Caribbean Festival, Graffiti Kids & '80s Mania

    "Tryna see how much paper that I might gain/ While I still keep it trill in what I write, mayne!" -- Bun B, "Let 'Em Know" I've been told by some that I live an interesting life. Concerts, dinners, photo shoots, dancing, art... you name it, I'm about it. I don't exactly know when this became my l ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Writing a Rap Coloring Book Is Not That Easy

    Earlier this week, Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book, a book that I wrote and illustrated and that was curated by the superhero Bun B, went on sale. The day that it officially released, I sent an untold number of texts, letting people know that it was out. I watched it move online, refreshing ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    Fancy Pants at FPSF: Breakfast with Uchi's Philip Speer and Rap Legend Bun B

    It was Saturday morning, and I was hot. As in super caliente, sweat dripping down my back, and cheeks flushed to a bright pink uncomfortable kind of hot. I'd just fought my way through the entrance of the Free Press Summer Fest so that I could be on time for the Fancy Pants, ultra-exclusive $175 per ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Bun B, Clyde Peterson: Two Houston Giants End Blood Feud, Appear Together On Stage Thanks To Annise Parker

    We know, we know -- Beyonce was able to gather a who's who of the Houston music scene for an "I Been On" remix. But Bey can't put together a Houston team like Mayor Annise Parker can. For years (we're assuming) the world has been clamoring for tow H-town giants to get together -- two men who have ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Texans-Colts: The 10 Best AFC South-Clinching Rapper Tweets

    Houston has a professional football team. That teams is called the Houston Texans. A lot of people like them. Some of those people are rappers. The Internet has several forms of social media. One of those forms of social media is called Twitter. A lot of people use it. Some of them are rappers. Ju ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Bun B: The Trill OG Crosses The Gumball 3000 Finish Line

    After leaving the Gumball 3000 afterparty in Las Vegas, I made it back to my hotel at about 4:30 a.m. The plan was to sleep for a few hours, then head to Los Angeles, where the rally was set to arrive at the finish line on Hollywood Blvd. Originally, I was going to hitch a ride with one of the Gumb ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Last Night: Pretty Lights At Free Press Summer Fest

    More FPSF 2012 Coverage: • Summer Fest line-up reviews on the Rocks Off blog. • Free Press Summer Fest 2012: The Sexy, Sweaty Crowds • Popsicles and Pizza: The Food of Summer Fest • FPSF: The Bands from Saturday • FPSF: The Bands from Sunday Pretty Lights Free Press Summer Fest June 3, 20 ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Bun B, Murs Guest On Fat Tony's New Double Dragon LP

    Double Dragon, rapper Fat Tony's sophomore album hits the streets on June 1, with help from Tecla, Bun B, Murs, and others. The disc will be released on the brand-new imprint Young One Records, based out of Brooklyn. The youthful Young One label is an off-shoot of Partisan Records, home to Deer Ti ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Bun B's Birthday: "Murder" Still Kills

    ​Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Slim Thug, Lil O, E.S.G., Delo, hasHBrown, Medicine Girl, Mac, Chane, more. Not Invited: Marcus This Week's Prompt: King ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Rap Round Table: Is A Video Called "Stupid Hoe" Hype Williams' Best?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Each week Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Bun B, TroubleSum, E.S.G., Brad Gilmore, Kyle Hubbard, Preemo, RoderickVonn, Kiotti, Zavey, D-Risha, more. Not Invited: Shonuf ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Tips For A Successful NYE from David Anderson, Houston's Party King

    Remember that one awesome party, the invite-only one with the open bar that was sponsored by a liquor company, where everyone was beautiful and hip, and you got to mingle with Big Boi or Pharrell Williams or Bun B? Either you do remember, because you wish that every party you attended was half as am ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    Review: Trakk Sounds Intervention

    ​Download that. It's Intervention, a compilation album from 21-year-old producer Trakk Sounds (with help from the MP3 site Tha Fixx). It's fun; all original tracks (16) with all original verses (60!). Sounds, who currently shares a studio with regional tastemaker Rapid Ric, worked on it for ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    7 Houston Rap Tributes by Non-Houston Rappers

    Are you happy with your current city? Yeah? Then feel free to ignore this list of rappers from other cities drooling over all things Houston. It's likely to breed envy. Some of these come from gushing fans and some are random, but the vast majority illustrate just how much rappers love Houston. Dig ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Dry Creeks In Texas

    It's time for another fabulous installment of Magnolia City Mixtape. We took last week off, as we were still recovering from the whirlwind of Free Press Summer Fest. Call us lazy if you will, but this week we've got a double dose of local music news to make up for it. If you're into rap videos, this ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Bun B Discusses Pimp C's New Song, Rally Races And "The Sheik"

    Marco TorresBun 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 ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    More Local Music News Than People Asking Us For Summer Fest Passes

    It's Friday, June 3 - do you know what that means? That's right, Free Press Summer Fest is a scant day away. In mere hours the city shall be frolicking to the Satanic call of rock 'n' roll, getting sunburned and dehydrated, tripping on Lord knows what, and having a grand ol' time. Until then, howeve ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Mr. Boomtown Coats Bun B, E-40 With "Candy Paint"

    Marco TorresE-40 on the set of "Candy Paint"​(phone rings) "What's up, this is Boom... Sure, I can do Boston... It's gonna cost ya." (click) The acclaimed music-video director and filmmaker Nahala Johnson, better known as Mr. Boomtown, sits inside of a Midtown bar one night last week, drink ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    The Southern Way: UGK 's Top 12 Disciples

    ​On April 26, 1988, 23 years ago today, UGK kicked off a long and influential career with the release of their cassette-only debut, The Southern Way. It's impossible to overstate the duo's Texas-sized influence on Southern rap. The slow-rolling, tough-talking grooves showcased on seminal albu ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    What Are The Best Houston Rap Songs So Far This Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Propain, Devi Dev (97.9 The Box), Brad Gil ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: Birthday Boy Bun B & Erykah Badu Team Up For Launch Party

    Marco Torres​Bun B celebrated his 38th birthday last night at the launch of Vice magazine's new music site, at Austin warehouse district club Kiss & Fly.

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    March 1, 2011

    What Community Responsibilities Do Rappers Have?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday or thereabouts, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. "Don't nobody care about how much your watch cost" Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Z-Ro, Paul ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Bun B Leads Rap And Religion Debate At St. John's UMC

    Photos by Marco Torres​Tuesday night, Bun B moderated a discussion panel at St. John's United Methodist Church downtown. It was hard to find any information about the rapper on the Internet, besides the fact that he's from Port Aransas or something. Bun and his panel started out intending to ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    It's Just Brittany, Bitch, Houston Rap's New First Lady

    ​At 11 p.m. Thursday night, the balance of power among Houston's female rappers (and all rappers, a little) shifted markedly, because that is precisely when Just Brittany's first proper EP, the unexpectedly polished and ambidextrous More Than Just a Pretty Face, was officially released. Brit ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011

    Professor Trill

    Bun B examines hip hop and religion in his Rice U course

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    December 23, 2010

    Top 12 Local Songs Of 2010

    ​We're admittedly the most insular, introverted member of the Rocks Off team. You're more likely to find us sitting in our apartment with our headphones on digesting new music than out carousing with our peers. And we're OK with that, mostly because Daddy Rocks Off occasionally asks us to writ ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Which Texas Rapper Would Make The Best Governor?

    ​In many ways, rappers are akin to politicians. They possess oratorical skills, walk around with a posse, and always say things they don't mean. With the 2010 gubernatorial elections little more than a month away, Rocks Off wondered which rapper might be best suited to lead the great state of ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Bun B's Seven Most Obscure Guest Features

    Photos by Marco TorresBun B at House of Blues, August 2010​From coast to coast, Bun B is one of the hardest working man in hip-hop. In the course of his century-long career, he's managed to collaborate with nearly every artist in the universe, including some you've probably never heard of. Wal ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    What Are The Two Best Rap Songs Of The Year?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them hear discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Chuckway, Preemo, Fat Tony, LeS, Killa Kyleon, Scooby, hasHBrown, Propai ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Phranchyze Crowned Houston's Freestyle King At Red Bull EmSee Contest

    Photos by RizohThursday's unanimous winner Phranchyze advances to the national Red Bull EmSee finals in Detroit.​Outside on Westheimer, a small crowd of young music lovers has gathered in front of Numbers. Before Rocks Off even makes our way into the building, we're immediately greeted by soul ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Bun B Fires Back At Source Rating Critics... Including Ours

    "I get 5 mikes, you say The Source ain't shit. If your favorite would've won, would you say the same shit?" - Bun B, "B.M.F. Freestyle" Photos by Marco TorresBun B at House of Blues, August 4; see here for our review and slideshow​Whoever came up with that saying "if you've got nothing nice t ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Last Night: Bun B At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marco Torres​Bun B House of Blues August 4, 2010 Ed. note: See a slideshow of last night's concert and BunB's Tuesday meet-and-greet. 9:24 p.m.: An R&B femme is performing as one of the opening acts. She has some dancers with her, which is cool. Some of them are men, though, which ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Is The Westheimer Block Party Done For?

    Bun B For Lafayette - ATLiens Freestyle from Decatur Dan on Vimeo. • Dave Bry at the witty pop-culture blog The Awl writes about rap music's eternal embrace of consumerism, using Bun B's most recent release, a rap written in honor of Japanese clothing company Lafayette, as an example. It's a great ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Bun B on His Thanksgiving Food Drive and Why He Seems to Be Everywhere

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Five Spot: A Crap N.O.R.E. Track Reminds Us of Bun B's Better Days

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to Torres​ Yesterday, N.O.R.E. released "Set Trip," a wispy, "Look How Tough I Am," available-via-Internet tr ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    HPMA: We Ain't Done Yet: Winners Roky Moon & BOLT, Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys, Kam, Bun B and Spain Colored Orange

    Chris Gray​Ben Wesley is killing with a song that, according to his good buddy Cornbreadd, he wrote two days ago. It just keeps building and building on itself, spreading its wings rather than collapsing under its own weight. Wesley started out with a guitar and a bass strapped to him, hunched ove ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Five Spot: Flying the Mddl Fngz

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to Fngz is a hard hitting (and totally texter-friendly) rap group that forme ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Five Spot: Pimp C Was Pretty Good

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to So we were reading this Bun B interview the other day, and among discussions of how the final UGK album is p ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Pimp C Tribute on KPFT's "Damage Control"

    Has it really been a year already? Indeed it has: On December 4, 2007, Port Arthur-born MC and producer Pimp C was found dead in his Hollywood hotel room; the Los Angeles County Coroner listed the cause as a combination of sleep apnea and accidental overdose of codeine-containing cough syrup. To say ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    Denver Nugget: Bun B at the Democratic National Convention

    Our old buddy Matt Sonzala just forwarded us this picture of Bun B representing at Denver's Pepsi Center, site of this week's Democratic National Convention, fresh from the King of Trill's own iPhone. We're going to have to talk to Bun about that Rangers hat, though... - Chris Gray

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    August 22, 2008
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    May 29, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    UGK for Life

    A conversation with the incomparable Bun B

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    February 13, 2007

    An Evening with Bun B

    "The people in Style Wars weren't conscious of the fact they were starting a movement," says Bernard Freeman, a.k.a. Bun B. The Houston rapper chose the 1983 documentary, which chronicles the rise of hip-hop from the urban underground of New York, to introduce at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's s ... More >>

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