Bun B Gives His Old Verse A 1 Out Of 5 Because Of A Trump Reference (Video)
“I should’ve known better back then; I should’ve had better foresight.” That’s what Bun B said while participating in BET’s Rate The Bars series. He was referring to lyrics that he wrote during the early 1990s for the cult-classic “Pocket Full of Stones” from UGK’s debut album Too Hard to Swallow. In particular, he references the line “F*ck Black Caesar, n****s call me ‘Black Trump.’”
It has become an all too common theme nowadays among rappers. Perhaps YG said it the loudest in his 2016 single “FDT.” “Me and all my peoples, we always thought he was straight, influential mothaf*cka when it came to the business. But now, since we know how you really feel, this how we feel.”
“I regret this rhyme now,” Bun said after reading his lyrics from “Pocket Full of Stones” to himself. “I wrote this rhyme in like ’92 when it was cool to equate yourself with Donald Trump ’cause he was rich before we knew who he really was as a person.” After giving the bars a 2 out of 5, he recanted and reduced it to a 1.
The Underground King isn’t the only MC who has rapped about Trump before he entered the White House. But the Port Arthur native is one one of the first to publicly admit to what he believes was a mistake. Fellow Texas MC and Geto Boys member Scarface delivered a similar bar at around the same time. “[We] rolling hard, stackin’ paper like Trump,” he spit on “Money And The Power” from 1991. Many of the rhyme-greats at one time used Trump’s name in their lyrics to equate themselves with having money and power.
That list includes Raekwon on “Incarcerated Scarfaces” and N.O.R.E.’s “Google That,” Redman on “Da Funk,” Master P on “211,” AZ on “The Format,” Ice Cube on “Three Strikes You In,” Kool G Rap on “Mafioso,” Jeezy on “Thug Motivation 101,” Diddy on “We Gon’ Make It,” and Fat Joe, who went as far as to say “We f*ckin with Donald Trump now,” on his 2006 song “Jealousy.”
There’s far more than the above. Before Trump’s public attempts in 2011 to paint President Barack Obama as someone not born in the United States, he was positioned as celebrity magnate and reality TV star. He did have the whole Central Park Five controversy in 1989, but it wasn’t explicitly clear that his full-page ads in New York City’s four daily papers were actually referring to them until 2016, where Trump doubled down that the five accused Black men were guilty of raping a white female jogger even after DNA evidence proved their innocence and another man confessed to the crime.
Interestingly, there’s even the opposite. In 2010 song “So Appalled” (from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) Kanye West rapped, “I’m so appalled, Spalding ball, balling / Donald Trump taking dollars from y’all.” It’s now known that ‘Ye is one of the few, if only big time, figures in Hip Hop who supports the current President.
Sure, there are probably plenty of bars MCs nowadays who may regret past lyrics. It’s not really fair to request an apology from them for any of it. It’s just particularly interesting to witness the almost unanimous evolution of Hip Hop’s position on Donald Trump from the ’90s to present day. While they haven’t explicitly stated that their past lyrics painted themselves as Rap’s version of Trump, many of the above mentioned artists have publicly come out against “The Donald,” his controversial statements, and polices.
Also during the Rate The Bars segment, Bun B amusingly gave a 2 out of 5 bars to fellow Texas native Chamillionaire’s “Welcome 2 Houston.” After laying down the score, the UGK co-founder said he expected some peer push-back. Last Friday (August 31), Bun B released Return Of The Trill.