Tags: Bun B, hip hop, southern rap, west cost
With his latest album II Trill currently in stores, southern rap pioneer Bun B kept it trill with SOHH about his thoughts on the state of hip-hop, collaborating with Kidz in the Halland his plans to bring the West Coast back.
A 20 year veteran of hip-hop, after surviving an era when making money from the genre was a struggle, Bun B says he can appreciate the current climate because artists are finally able to generate an income.
“The fact that this present generation was able to capitalize off the craft more than we ever were able to is a beautiful thing and it should be applauded,” Bun told SOHH. “Anybody who is mad about young people from the ghetto making money and doing something with their lives should be ashamed of themselves and to be honest they need they ass whooped. ”
Currently featured on the remix for Kidz In The Hall’s “Drivin Down the Block” along with Pusha T from the, Clipse and The Cool Kids Bun said he keeps it very simple when it comes to deciding when to collaborate.
“I work with people that I feel make good music,” Bun explained. “I don’t get into personal politics because I don’t want anybody in my business like that.”
“I like Kidz in the Hall, I like what they were doing, it has nothing to do with where they are from or what people label them as,” he continued. “I think they are a talented group, I really like the song and I wanted to be a part of [it].”
As for divided rap fans who choose to champion one form of rap over another, Bun advised listeners to ease up.
“People make rap too personal, I see people do that all time and this shit will break your heart,” Bun told SOHH. “Hip-Hop don’t belong to nobody and as soon as you feel like it’s all about what you love, that’s when it shifts gears and goes to something other people love. ”
“You can’t get mad at hip-hop, it’s just the cycle of life,” he added. “The world is not meant to make you happy 24 hours a day 365 days a year you have to learn to be disappointed.”
With his native South thriving in hip-hop Bun also told SOHH he’d like to help bring talented West Coast artists to the forefront.
“I’m linking up with my man Nino Cap from LA starting up II Trill West with his Paper Chase Ent,” Bun revealed. “We are trying to bring the West Coast back to it’s prominence. With artists like Crooked I, Glasses Malone and Roscoe Umali, there is a lot more LA has to offer to the game and if I have the opportunity to bring back II Trill West I’m going to do that.”
II Trill is currently in stores.