Bun B went from having the baddest verses to cooking the funniest burgers

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In his own words, Bun B talked about his career as a rapper and having the funniest burgers in the game.

good b It’s hip-hop royalty. He helped put Port Arthur, Texas, on the map as a force to be reckoned with as one of the forefathers of Southern rap in the 1990s. With his cinematic lyricism and vivid storytelling, he remains one of the most respected in the hip-hop scene.

Bun B first appeared on the national scene as one half of the legendary duo UGK with his partner. pimp C, releasing classics like your debut too hard to swallow Y riding dirtya true masterpiece. After Pimp C was jailed in the early 2000s, and his untimely death in 2007, Bun B built a reputation as an elite MC, releasing numerous guest verses and acclaimed albums. But now, years later, Bun is enjoying a new stage in his career, as a hip-hop elder and chef.

Bun B is cultivating a flourishing culinary career. After garnering thousands of views with southern cooking tutorials on social media, he launched Trill Burgers in 2021. Trill Burgers was recently named Good Morning America’s Best Burger Spot What the best burger in the country by Good Morning America.

We talked to Bun B about this new phase and who would win a cooking contest between him and E-40.

As Rashad Grove was told

On why Pimp C was skeptical about being in “Big Pimpin”.

Pimp wasn’t that receptive to the idea of ​​doing “Big Pimpin'” initially because it was so far removed from what we were doing and what he felt we stood for. He understood that this record would open us up to a large number of people who perhaps had no idea who we were and he was concerned that the song would give people an unfair idea of ​​who we were and what we stood for. I was very hesitant, but I saw it as an opportunity to introduce ourselves to a large group of people. I didn’t know if it was worth doing if you’re not going to present yourself in a true way. I didn’t think that music took away from us who we were. There’s no beat that Pimp can rap on that doesn’t sound like Pimp C. The song was very different in terms of music, sample and everything. It was a legitimate concern that he had and it exposed us to people who had to go back and investigate and listen to who we were.

By hosting the 2 trill show at Rock the Bells on Sirius XM.

So Rock the Bells contacted me to contribute to a piece they were doing around premier dj and I did that. Afterwards, I just made an offhand reference and said, “Hey, have you ever considered doing a show built around the Dirty South?” They responded, “Well, we thought about it, but who would be the right person to host? We definitely didn’t know enough about southern culture to be able to differentiate who would be the right person.” They were like, “Do you want to do it?” I said, “Well, I mean, until we can find the right person, I will. If they’re willing to consider it so someone else doesn’t screw it up.” They were like, great and we tried. Here we are now, a little over a year later, and we’re still going strong.

With 2 trills, I wanted to support and show love to the pillars of our community who helped build the foundation for southern hip-hop and hip-hop in general. That’s a big part of what we do. For those of you who aren’t fully immersed in southern hip hop culture, we want to show you who some of the early entrants were. It definitely works. It is an educational piece.

On working with David Banner.

Banner has been shipping production for this album I’m working on. It’s a collaborative album that I’m doing with another artist that I don’t want to give away yet. I think people are really going to be impressed by this collaboration. Banner has been the main producer on that project and the person I’m working with said they had some beats from Banner. Some of them are beats that you would listen to and say, “Okay, yeah, that’s a David Banner beat.” And then there are others that made me think, “That’s not what I thought a David Banner beat would look like.” It really is just a testament to the fact that Banner is a complete producer and can create pretty much anything he sets his mind to. So he gave us a lot of great opportunities to push our boundaries and feel good about experimenting with music. Because sometimes you can get stuck in a rut. Said “Swangin”. When he played that for me, I was like, “That’s really cool.” I can’t believe no one has thought of trying out that Mint Condition song before.

By curing the Trill Mealz food court at the Rock the Bells Festival.

I saw that they were doing a festival that looked amazing. I’ve been working with Rock the Bells outside of the show with different corporate partnerships that they have, so when they contacted me very early in the process and I said, “Well, what are you doing with the food? I would love to bring Trill Burgers there, but what if we brought together some of the hip-hop artists currently in the food industry and had them all present their brands at this festival? The Rock the Bells team loved the idea. So after many phone calls and many emails, we got it done. There are still a couple of people we wanted that we couldn’t select due to time constraints and scheduling conflicts, but I think we put together something super cool for culture and products that really taste great. I think the way that the association between myself and Rock the Bells exists is not only something you’ll see at the festival, but it’s also something we’re looking to take on the road for other shows. So Trill Mealz Food Court could very well have a concert near you soon.

When you think about it, it’s the same demographic of people that we would target, so we’re reaching them with a different product. Either my xE-40, nas, Jadakiss Y styleseither killah ghost faceJust as they trusted us to deliver the highest quality music, you too can trust us to deliver the highest quality food.

At Questlove loving Trill Burgers.

Out of all the Trill Burger reactions my favorite had to be questlove. Everyone knows Quest is a food specialist, but he’s also not afraid to tell you how he really feels. That’s one thing about the brother. He’s painfully honest with people, so I was able to bring them burgers recently after a performance they did at a festival in New York and his review was literally four words long. It was, “Yes. Yes, bun. Yes” [Laughs]. That’s all she really needed. She didn’t need a long drag New York Times food review A thumbs up and a yes from Quest made it official.

About who would win a cooking contest between him and E-40.

I would probably say it would be a draw. We both come from the same soil. We both come from southern families, you know? We both have that sensibility, the skill set and those benchmarks. The same people who taught you how to cook as a child basically come from the same area of ​​people who taught me how to cook as a child. So I don’t expect there to be much of a difference in terms of execution. It will probably end up being whatever your preference is as far as what we cook. But when it comes to quality and people enjoying the food, it’s sure to be neck-and-neck. Or as the 40 would say “To shizzle”.

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Rashad Grove is a writer from NJ whose work has been featured on BET, Billboard, MTV News, Okayplayer, High Snobiety, Medium, Revolt TV, The Source Magazine, and others. you can follow him on @thegroveness for all its greatness.