More on the new track, “Fire,” in a minute. The first thing you should know about Bun B is that he hails from Port Arthur, Texas. Bun B and the late Pimp C made up the legendary hip-hop duo, UGK. Widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers in history, he also has an academic side: Bun B is a professor of “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture” at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
The MC has been a part of numerous collaborations that, coincidentally, are some of my favorite hip-hop tracks ever. The most memorable for me is a track called “Paranoid,” which he did with Talib Kweli on Reflection Eternal’s second album. At SXSW 2012, Black Star, the legendary hip-hop duo of Talib Kweli and Mos Def, was scheduled to make an appearance on top of a parking garage. Sadly, Mos Def could not make it and the crowd was naturally disappointed. What did Bun B do? He came out, the two MCs nailed “Paranoid”, and the crowd’s energy was revived. Easily one of my personal favorite SXSW moments.
Rap A Lot Records announced that Bun B will release a new record this October. The album, entitled Trill 4 Life, will be the first released as part of the record label’s recently announced multi-year distribution deal with SONY Red.
B. Hobbs has a track off that album for you on this week’s episode of Tha Fixx Radio on SXSWfm. The track, which features 2 Chainz and Rick Ross by the way, is called “Fire” and you can hear it on SXSWfm today at 12pm, 6pm, and 12am CDT.