Although UGK’s entire album discography was released through Jive/Zomba Records, Bun B and Pimp C have always maintained a business relationship and friendship with Texas Rap pioneer James Prince and his Rap-A-Lot Records.
Last month, Hot97’s Peter Rosenberg continued his Noisemakers series with half of UGK, the legendary Bun B during Austin, Texas’ yearly South By Southwest showcase. Emcee Senor Kaos provided HipHopDX with exclusive Part 2 footage of this momentous affair.
In his homestate with J. Prince reportedly in attendance, Bun B explained the mentoring relationship that the Geto Boys founder offered the Underground Kingz. “We were blessed to have Willie D as an O.G., giving us advice and inspiration. We were blessed to have Scarface giving us inspiration and advice. Back in our early days, we had DJ Reddy Red [there to give] us advice – and definitely James Prince always bein’ in our corner and not even in a financial aspect, ’cause I didn’t even sign to Rap-A-Lot [Records] until 2005, but J. Prince been on speed-dial since 1992,” said Bun, who released has released Trill, II Trill and will release his upcoming Trill O.G. through the historic imprint. Pimp C’s solo albums have also come courtesy of the label that’s also released music from The Convicts, Yukmouth and Z-Ro.
As Bun has supported newer artists ranging from Kidz In The Hall, Yelawolf and Termanology, the nearly 20-year veteran reflected on his own development. “Just to have people take time out of their day to help you with your problems or help you with advice, just ’cause they want to see you win. They want to see somebody [from Port Arthur, Texas] win. [Back then], we weren’t getting a lot of [wins] in the south.”
In the interview, seen below, Bun also speaks about the differences of personality between him and Pimp C, and how the duo managed to maintain their unequaled chemistry, despite living in different cities later in their career.
Additional Reporting by Omar Burgess.