News: Bun B Plans Hip-Hop Takeover, "It's Time For Texas To Move Back To The Top"
Monday, Aug 2, 2010 5:05PM
UGK's Bun B recently talked about the motivation behind his upcoming Trill OG album and said his homestate, Texas, is coming back for the top spot in hip-hop.
Bun believes his new solo effort will help motivate the Texas emcees to step up.
"Texas has had incredible moments in the history of hip-hop. But there is a misconception that because we aren't at the forefront that we aren't here at all. But we're still making music, going on tour and getting in front of and connecting with the people...It's time for Texas to move back to the top and in order for that to happen, someone has to take charge. Since I call myself the Trill OG, the first thing I have to do is round up the troops. That's what this album is -- to show that Texas is back. I'm just taking the lead and bringing everyone else with me." (Billboard)
Last year, Bun talked about the decline in music sales and which Texas artist would be next to reach mainstream fame.
"I wonder if people who ask Southern artists [about their past streaks also] ask West coast artists or Midwest artists or New York artists that, because all those regions are falling off," Bun said in an interview. "Hip-Hop, in general, doesn't have the demand power it used to in any region. We had a good run in Houston, but every region's in trouble. There are really only six people making money off rap music. Everybody knows that...I definitely think that Z-Ro is on the brink of becoming a national superstar. It's pretty much up to him to decide whether he goes as far as he wants to go. The only thing holding Z-Ro back is Z-Ro." (VIBE)
He recently shared his reaction to former Texas rap rivals Paul Wall and Chamillionaire reuniting after years of estrangement.
"I think it's a great thing for hip-hop in general," Bun explained in an interview. "When you have good people that make good music together come together and make great music, it's a great thing. We don't worry about circumstances; we just appreciate the opportunity to see great music being made again. It's definitely a resurgence of Houston music right now. The second wave is coming. This is just something to kick everybody in the nuts, like you better get it right because we trying to get it down here in the H." (VIBE)
Last year's UGK album landed on the sales charts and marked the final group project.
Southern rap group UGK released their final group album UGK 4 Life which opened at No. 6. With seven days under their belt, the late Pimp C and Bun B's final disc sold 76,600 discs. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Bun B's Trill OG drops Tuesday, August 3rd.
Check out some recent Bun B footage below: