UGK‘s surviving member, Bun B, has decided to take his brand off Asylum Records and release future projects through Universal Music Group imprint Fontana.
According to Bun, he has earned a loyal enough fan base that the move may go relatively unnoticed.
“I work better in the small system. When you’re in the big system it’s really about breaking you and exposing you and I think I’ve been able to build a career as far as just associating myself. We’re pretty good with that in-house with Rap-A-Lot. But with Universal we are gonna use their distribution legs and promotional chain, because they do have access that we haven’t been able to have before. [Asylum] helped me immensely over the last four or five years in my career as far as taking, me, myself and UGK to another level. It’s just that the system in house changed. Todd [Moskowitz] got moved up to a higher position and it doesn’t give me as much of an opportunity to be hand on hand on a lot of stuff.” (XXL Mag)
Bun recently spoke on putting together a Pimp C solo project called The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones last fall.
“We’re trying to do this with as much respect as possible, you know?” Bun B said. “It’s a very unique and genuine situation in itself. I’m not really sure if it’s ever really occurred as far as hip-hop goes. We’re carrying this one with the kid gloves on. I made a lot of mistakes in my life — I’ll probably make a lot more — I’m just praying I don’t make one right now.” (MTV)
The rapper previously discussed the difficulty he had working on his first group project without Pimp C last year.
“This is the first time I had to do so much on an album,” Bun said during a listening session for the album. “I usually would just come to the studio, drop my verse and C would take care of everything else that had to be done with the record.” (BallerStatus)
As of late, Bun put together a Haiti benefit concert in light of the massive earthquake that took place overseas last month.
Bun B has gathered a stellar line-up of Houston artists for a fund raiser event that has been called “Houston For Haiti.” The show will take place Monday, January 18 (MLK Day) from 4 to 8 PM at Warehouse Live in Houston. Along with Bun B, Slim Thug, Trae The Truth, ESG, Lil O, Candi Redd, Just Brittany, Corey Moand The Party Boyz have been confirmed to perform, so far. More artist are expected to join the bill. Local athletes including Vince Young of the Tennesse Titans will also make appearances. “We all need to get involved” says Bun B. “Race, color or creed, we are all Haitians right now, and we need to help our brothers and sisters!” Tickets go on sale today at $ 20 and can be purchased through www.warehouselive.com. (Statement)
Check out a recent Bun B interview down below: