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Pharoahe Monch Has Brady Watt Turn Up The Bass For 1 Of His Classic Verses

New Hampshire bass player and producer Brady Watt has been a staple in Hip-Hop for nearly a decade. Most notably, Watt has received credit on projects from Curren$y, Locksmith, Statik Selektah, and Joey Bada$$. Over the past few months, Watt has linked up with yet another tier of Hip-Hop heavyweights... Read more

Bun B & His Wife Give A Detailed Account Of The Shootout In Their Home (Video)

Last week, the Hip-Hop community was stunned when reports surfaced that Bun B had been involved in a shootout in his home. A masked intruder had entered the UGK MC's house, held his wife Queenie at gunpoint, and attempted to steal his car. Now, a week later, Bun, Queenie and... Read more

Stream Bun B & Statik Selektah’s Star-Studded TrillStatik Album

In the middle of this month, UGK's own Bun B and highly-respected producer Statik Selektah hosted a live recording and taping for their collaborative album, TrillStatik. The two veterans have extensively worked together in the past on Statik albums as well as his group with Termanology, 1982. This collaboration was... Read more

Bun B Shoots An Armed Masked Man Trying To Rob His Home

For nearly 30 years, Bun B has rapped about the dangers of street life. UGK built a discography of cautionary tales about life in Port Arthur, Texas with songs such as "One Day" and "M*rder" telling it like it is, without compromise. Life intersected with art yesterday. Reportedly, the 46-year-old... Read more

Watch A Live Stream Of Bun B & Statik Selektah Making Their TrillStatik Album (Video)

In an era of increased access for fans, Bun B and Statik Selektah are taking things to a new plateau. The UGK co-founder and the esteemed producer/DJ for Joey Bada$$, Sean Price, Styles P, and so many others are making an album right now (April 17). First announced last week,... Read more

Bun B & Statik Selektah Will Make An Album From Scratch For All To See

Last August, Bun B released his first album in five years. Return Of The Trill saw the UGK co-founder and Port Arthur, Texas legend team up with Run The Jewels, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Wayne, the late Pimp C, and others on an album that was musically overseen by executive... Read more

Drake Thanks The People Who Launched His Career 10 Years Ago…Even Kanye

A decade ago today (February 13, 2009), Drake released his So Far Gone mixtape. Very quickly, the project would tower to compete with the industry's old guard in a big way. Breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had" topped the Rap charts and reached #2 overall from a project that was... Read more

Trae Compares Bars By Scarface & Bun B. His Ratings May Mess With 2 Texas Legends

Trae Tha Truth rates the bars of Scarface and Bun B in a specially-themed episode of Rate The Bars. The H-Town veteran compares excerpts from two O.G.'s widely considered to be ambassadors of Texas Rap to the rest of the world. In the '80s and '90s, Face and Bun Beata were... Read more

Bun B Reveals How Different MCs Are As Parents Than As Performers

Bun B is widely respected as one of Rap music's pillars of guidance. While the UGK co-founder refused to censor his lyrics throughout his career, the Port Arthur, Texas "Trill O.G." is recognized for his wisdom far more than his '90s vulgarity. In the 15 years between Too Hard To... Read more

Bun B & Gary Clark Jr. Perform A Heartfelt Tribute To Pimp C

To celebrate what would have been Pimp C’s 45th birthday on December 29, Bun B dropped an emotive live rendition of his recent tribute to his close friend and partner in UGK. It has been 11 years since highly influential MC/producer Chad Butler passed away in West Hollywood due to... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Releases 2 Songs That Nod To UGK, Too Short & The Isley Brothers

Two weeks ago Big K.R.I.T. surprised fans with a three-track EP called Thrice X. It was the first time since the Meridian, Mississippi native released solo music since his third LP, 2017's 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. Now, Big K.R.I.T. is dropping even more music to finish off 2018... Read more

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... Read more

Bun B & Run The Jewels Get Really Personal With Some Help From Big K.R.I.T. (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Bun B, T.I. & Big K.R.I.T. Are 3 Southern Rap Kings & You Better Recognize (Video)

Bun B has long had the respect of Heads, but his solo work both during Pimp C’s incarceration and after his passing have raised him up to the status of Southern Rap godfather. His Trill series of albums was supposed to be complete as a trilogy, but there were so... Read more

Bun B Has A Very Trill Conversation About Quitting Unhealthy & Deadly Habits (Video)

This Friday (August 31), Bun B is releasing Return Of The Trill. Originally titled "Bernard," the album marks a personal transformation for the UGK co-founder as it pertains to his music. In the last decade, Bun B has expanded his resumé to include teaching at Houston's Rice University, co-authoring a children's... Read more

Bun B Returns For His 1st Album In 5 Years With Big K.R.I.T. & T.I. (Audio)

In 2017, Bun B was hard at work on Bernard, his fifth solo album and the first since 2013's Trill OG: The Epilogue. That album never materialized, but the 25-year-veteran and one of the undisputed underground kings is indeed back with a new LP, though with a different title. On August 31,... Read more

Too Short Explains How Tupac Almost Kept Pimp C From Working With JAY-Z (Video)

With 2000's guest spot on JAY-Z's Top 20 hit "Big Pimpin'," UGK scored their most visible collaboration to date. Produced by Timbaland, it appeared on Jigga's triple-platinum Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter and is easily one of the rapper's biggest commercial successes. At the time, Underground Kingz Bun B... Read more

DJ Paul Gives The Secret History To UGK & OutKast’s “Int’l Players Anthem”(Video)

"Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" is one of the biggest Hip-Hop collaborations of the 2000s, and contends as one of the greatest Rap mergers of all-time. Featuring OutKast, UGK's record and thematic video became a jet-pack for Bun B and Pimp C's long-awaited fifth (and eponymous) album to reach... Read more

Big Mike Showed Pimp C Had More Thangs Than Rhymes. His Beats Banged Too (Video)

1994 was a pivotal year for southern Hip-Hop. OutKast released their monumental debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik while Scarface's five-mic-certified The Diary showed that Georgia and Texas were both in strong Southern stride. Additionally, Memphis, Tennessee was also starting to really make statements thanks to releases from Three 6 Mafia and 8Ball &... Read more

Bun B Keeps It 100 On Why America Is Not Being Made Great (Video)

The Twin Cities may have birthed lauded production duo Beatnick & K-Salaam, but they are worldwide these days. Their last album, The Bluest Flame, featured New York staples like Kirk Knight, Joell Ortiz, and Homeboy Sandman, Down South lieutenants Bun B and Young Buck, Adam Tensta out of the UK,... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: N.W.A. vs. UGK. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Rates The Bars & Hands Pimp C The Lowest Score In The Batch (Video)

Big K.R.I.T. is the latest rapper in the hot seat for "Rate The Bars." More than most, Krizzle seems to be a generous rater (handing out almost exclusively 4's and 5's). Heads have long found this artist to be generous with his music, whether giving away acclaimed mixtapes and making... Read more

Scarface Rates The D.O.C.’s Rhymes Higher Than His Own (Video)

In the "Rate The Bars" series, guests on the video program are challenged when they are provided excerpts of verses from peers who often happen to be homies, band-mates, or nemeses. It is a test of objectivity set against the craft of MC'ing. This has led to some memorable appearances,... Read more

Bun B & Everlast Join Slaine & Termanology On A DJ Premier Production (Video)

UPDATE: Less than one week after the audio released, Slaine and Termanology's DJ Premier-produced title track featuring Bun B (UGK) and Everlast (House Of Pain) comes to video. Directed by John Columbo, the visual is built around seamless cuts (despite two distinct locations) and in-your-face bars on Preemo drums and... Read more

Bun B Kicks True Reality Rap In A Sea Of Fakers & It Sounds Incredible (Audio)

Production duo Beatnick & K-Salaam is gearing up to release The Bluest Flame album (October 13). The Canadian pair works with Talib Kweli, Blu, Tech N9ne, and others on the upcoming self-released project. Following the "Fight Night (Remix)" with Kweli and Blu, they drop "Keep It 100" with Bun B... Read more

Bun B Secures A Boat To Rescue Pimp C’s Son From Harvey In Houston (Audio)

For the last several days, the catastrophic effects of Tropical Storm Harvey on Texas and Louisiana have become increasingly dire. Although the rains, which have dumped as much as 50 inches of precipitation on cities like Houston, have subsided the flooding and destruction continues as dams in the area have... Read more

Wu-Tang Is Forever And In Control Of Its Destiny With Its Own Record Label (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it’s easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

Bun B On Hurricane Harvey: We Need Boats & We Need Prayer

Since Friday night, the world has looked on while Hurricane Harvey has wreaked devastation on the city of Houston, TX, other areas of the the state, and parts of Louisiana. The hurricane, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, brought with it unprecedented levels of precipitation--some experts are estimating it... Read more

Bun B Drops Jewels On How An Artist’s First 3 Albums Should Progress (Video)

UGK released three albums in the 1990s. There was great progression between 1992's Too Hard To Swallow, 1994's Super Tight, and 1996's gold-certified Ridin' Dirty. Bun B and Pimp C entered as Port Arthur, Texas' take on Gangsta Rap, and evolved to pioneers of their own sub-genre of Slab Music.... Read more

Bun B Previews The Vulnerability That Will Make His “Bernard” Album Truly Real (Video)

For 25 years plus, Bun B has made music that's been a reality check. Songs like "One Day" coped with short life expectancy and constant loss. "I Left It Wet For You" was a cruel account of creepin' on the low. "Pocket Full Of Stones" was not a story of... Read more

Shaq Flagrantly Fouls Lavar Ball With A Rap, Masta Ace Stands Up For Kap & More (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it's easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin "The Company Man" Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

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... Read more

Bun B Is Back & He’s Still The Trillest OG (Audio)

It's been nearly 4 years since Bun B released his last album, Trill OG: The Epilogue. In the time that's passed, Bun has been quiet on the music scene, using his voice instead to speak out on issues important to him, such as helping victims of last year's floods in... Read more

Nas, Ice Cube, Jadakiss, T.I. & Bun B Teamed Up For A Hip-Hop Grand Finale (Audio)

In 2004, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz released their fifth and final album, Crunk Juice, which featured a host of Rap's elite. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Pharrell, Ludacris, and Suga Free all made appearances, as did 8Ball & MJG, Gangsta Boo, Jazze Pha, Lil Scrappy, Usher, R. Kelly,... Read more

A3C Honors 1996 With Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman, Too Short & Bun B

This year’s upcoming A3C Festival in Atlanta, Georgia will look back on the year 1996. The five-day event, beginning October 5 on over 75 stages in the city’s Old 4th Ward and surrounding areas, will feature headlining performances by some of the top acts from 20 years ago — all... Read more

Kay Slay Recruits Redman, Raekwon & Royce 5’9″ To Attack The Wack (Mixtape)

They do not call DJ Kay Slay "the drama king" for nothing. Since the late 1970s, the Harlem, New York graffiti writer-turned-DJ-turned-record executive seemingly lives for the spirit of competition. Now a Shade 45 radio mainstay, Kay Slay is one of the few talents who was making mixtapes 15 years... Read more

Bun B Is Using His Hip-Hop Platform to Help Victims of Houston’s Deadly Floods (Video)

Over the course of several days Houston, Texas and surrounding areas have been inundated with rain, leading to severe flooding. Thousands of people have been in need of rescue, and most reports have shared the tragic news that six people have lost their lives. With more than 17 inches of... Read more

Pimp C’s Memory Is Cherished by Nas, Bun B & Family Insiders in New Documentary (Video)

In the years since his 2007 passing, Pimp C (born Chad Butler) remains a larger-than-life presence in Hip-Hop, especially when one considers his enduring influence in the way Southern Rap sounds. But regional impact aside, Pimp C was also a friend, a group mate, a husband, and a life-loving celebrant... Read more

J. Prince & Bun B Discuss Rap-A-Lot Records Ties To Death Row & Beyonce (Video)

2016 marks 30 years since James "J." Prince launched Rap-A-Lot Records. The Houston, Texas-based independent label would go on to achieve #1 albums, numerous platinum plaques, and a hand in the careers of artists ranging from Scarface to Drake, Tha Outlawz to Trae Tha Truth. The label's founder is notoriously... Read more

Prodigy Releases Another Free Album Bundle Featuring Jay Electronica, 50 Cent & Bun B

One week to the day after Prodigy released the first R.I.P. album bundle, he follows with the second of three installments. R.I.P. 2 features the Mobb Deep co-founder working with the likes of 50 Cent, Jay Electronica, Bun B, Styles P, Killer Mike, and the late Chinx, among others. Besides... Read more

Rap-A-Lot’s J. Prince & Bun B Will Hold A 2016 South By Southwest Keynote Conversation

Thirty years ago, James "J" Prince founded Houston, Texas-based Rap-A-Lot Records. Ever since, the independent label has played a heavy hand in the careers of Scarface and the Geto Boys, Bun B, Devin The Dude, Do Or Die, Pimp C, Trae Tha Truth, 5th Ward Boyz, Facemob, Seagram, Mike Dean,... Read more

Black Thought, Jay Electronica, & Bun B Added To 2016 J Dilla Weekend Lineup

There have been some major changes surrounding the 2016 J Dilla Weekend. The second annual event in Miami, Florida will take place February 5-7. The event, hosted by J Dilla's mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, features concert performances, art exhibits, panels, record swap meets, and more. The main venue for... Read more

Nas, Bun B and More Celebrate Pimp C in a Tribute Video

Today (12/4), Nas' Mass Appeal Records released Long Live The Pimp, an album featuring previously unreleased material by the fallen UGK member. The project features songs with Nas, Lil Wayne, Juicy J, 8Ball & MJG, Bun B and more. Coupled with the album, several artists have participated in a tribute... Read more

Pimp C, Bun B, 8Ball & MJG Have a Trill OG Reunion on Pimp C’s Latest (Audio)

Pimp C is gone but not forgotten. The fallen UGK soldier's posthumous album will hit stores on Friday (12/4), via Mass Appeal Records. The label has released a number of songs leading up to the project, featuring heavy hitters such as Juicy J, Lil Wayne and Nas. However, the latest... Read more

Bun B Knights LE$ As An Underground King. Curren$y Cosigns Too. (Video)

Jet Life Records affiliate MC LE$ has been rolling with Curren$y for years now. Along with Roddy, Trademark Da Skydiver, and Cornerboy P, his team is coming. Houston, Texas native LE$ previously cut his teeth with Slim Thug's Bo$$ Hog Outlawz, before linking with Louisiana's Spitta. On "UGK'z," he gets... Read more

15 Years After DJ Screw’s Death, Bun B Explains His Influence On “Ridin’ Dirty”

Fifteen years ago today (November 16, 2000), DJ Screw passed away. Before his untimely death, the Houston, Texas turntablist born Robert Earl Davis, Jr. revolutionized a style of music that has influenced much of the 2010s sound. The mixmaster played his records considerably lower than the 33 1/3 RPM standard,... Read more

This UGK Quiz Is Too Hard To Swallow. Only Trill Fans Stand a Chance (Quiz)

Earlier this week, Ambrosia For Heads shared an interview with Pimp C biographer Julia Beverly. Having recently published her 700+ page authorized book, Sweet Jones: Pimp C’s Trill Life Story, the OZONE magazine creator and veteran photographer provided AFH with a wealth of insider perspective on Chad Butler's career, personality,... Read more

The UGK & B.B. King Mash-Up Has Arrived. Here Is ‘The Trill Is Gone’ (Album Stream)

Amerigo Gazaway has made a name for himself as an ingenious mad scientist of sorts, one who uses his musical beakers to create an amalgam of two entirely separate yet somehow synchronized artists. In his mashup arsenal thus far is 2011's Fela Soul (ingredients: Fela Kuti & De La Soul),... Read more

Imagine A World With UGK & B.B. King Collaborating. The Thrill Is Trill. (Audio/Video)

In the world of mash-up mixes, Amerigo Gazaway is one of the premier visionaries as of late. The Nashville, Tennessee based-DJ/producer looks beyond the quirky, the niche, or the party staples to draw connections out of time, space, and genre for artists. Amerigo displayed greatness in 2014's Yasiin Gaye merging... Read more

On Its 10 Year Anniversary, Little Brother Remember The Minstrel Show With New Perspective

According to many Hip-Hop Heads, one of the most complete, cohesive Rap albums of the 2000s is Little Brother's The Minstrel Show. Released by Atlantic Records, the LP is a bittersweet moment for its makers and its legions of fans. Ten years ago yesterday (September 13, 2005), 9th Wonder, Phonte,... Read more