Bun B Puts Big K.R.I.T. In The Musical Driver’s Seat For His Next Album (Video)
Earlier this month, UGK’s Bun B showed that he had his game face ready when he released “Game Time.” Once a very prolific MC, this is the first solo single from the Port Arthur, Texas O.G. in nearly four years. While he may be devoting much of his time to teaching students at Rice University, the Bun Beata’ has musical plans in order. HipHopDX published a video interview from March’s South By Southwest, that may make fans very excited.
“I’m making an album now that…I had been stepping away from the game for a while. I didn’t have a record deal anymore. So for me, it was refreshing to be in a position to make music because I wanted to, not because I had to, because I was signed to a record company [and] ’cause I took an advance from a record company,” Bun told DX‘s Shirley Ju. “It’s really about the freedom of being able to record. So for a while, I just didn’t record at all. [Instead], I just laid back, watched my grandkids grow up. One day my wife tapped me on my shoulder and was like, ‘Uh professor, you do have a day-job.’ So we got back in the lab.” Since the mid-2000s, Bun B was a flagship artist on Rap-A-Lot Records. He released all four volumes of his Trill series there, which encompasses the rapper’s solo discography. During that tenure, UGK climbed to #1 with 2007’s Underground Kingz. Three of Bun’s albums debuted in the Top 10, with 2005’s Trill earning him gold certification. His imprint is now II Trill Enterprises.
Bun has appointed an artist deeply influenced by the UGK Slab music sound to take on the music. “It’s going amazing. I’m using Big K.R.I.T. as my musical coordinator. So he’s been doing production on the album, he’s been doing singing on the album. But more importantly, [he has] been helping me craft a sound of my own.” K.R.I.T., a Mississippi native MC/producer, began working with Bun on 2011’s “Country Sh*t (Remix),” also featuring Ludacris. The pair has worked together multiple times since, on UGK and K.R.I.T. albums.
Of his recording, Bun continued, “This album is crazy; I don’t think people are really gonna have an idea of what I’m coming with. There’s gonna be songs from me that you would expect, but then, there’s gonna be a level of depth that I’m going to in these songs…I’m thinking of naming this album after my real name, Bernard. Because this is a side of myself that I think basically took 43 years to get to really to be able to just lay everything out.”
In the interview, Bun also explains his quick exit from all social media platforms.