Rocks Off has always been kind of bitter about not being able to take Bun B's class at Rice University, so when we heard that he'd be speaking at Kashmere High School on Tuesday, we jumped on the opportunity to sit in.
The rapper/educator and Ronda Prince, COO of Rap-A-Lot Records, met with student musicians and teachers to give constructive advice about their futures in the music industry in a Career Day round table sponsored by the Grammy Foundation. Houston audio engineer Rodney Alejandro acted as mediator of the event and GT Mayne from 97.9 The Box provided some extra music.
Bun started things off by giving a bit of the history behind putting out his music and getting signed with the late Pimp C. The two would travel from Port Arthur to a flea market in Houston every weekend, which is where they were first discovered.
After some time in the H, they realized that they would probably always be No. 2 to the Geto Boys and began commuting to the major Texas cities to try and become No. 1 in the state.
"No one wanted it as bad as I did," Bun recalled.
He mentioned the fact that most of the students in the room had considerably more competition than he had as an up-and-coming artist. "I was in Houston rapping against every rapper I could until they said, 'OK, I give up, you're the best," said Bun, although he added he remembered getting "tore up" by ESG in 1993.
Bun encouraged the Kashmere students, whose school is in danger of shutting down, to graduate and go to college. "Sometimes you have to sit in your dorm alone. You might be looking at your Twitter timeline and no one's tweeting," Bun warned.
"But keep grinding and you won't have to worry about anyone tweeting you - you'll be a trending topic."