Bun B Talks About Carrying Rap-A-Lot's Torch, Working With DJ Premier

Exclusive: Bun says that he feels he has J. Prince's label on his back right now, and hints that he and Premo may continue breaking barriers in the future.

In the third and final segment of HipHopDX's conversation with Bun B regarding Trill O.G., the Port Arthur, Texas emcee spoke about his role with Rap-A-Lot Records, and his first solo collaboration with Gang Starr's DJ Premier, "Let 'Em Know" .

Although all three Trill albums have been released on Houston's Rap-A-Lot Records, the third installment finds Bun at a time where he is believed to be one of the sole remaining artists on J. Prince's 25 year-old imprint that's released classic albums from Geto Boys, Scarface, Big Mike and Devin The Dude, among many others. "This, to me, is the start of the next 25 years," said Bun. "Rap-A-Lot [Records] has had 25 years of incredible success and impact in the music industry and in the culture of Hip Hop, and the lifestyles in the south - Texas and Houston to be exact," Bun said before including Detroit, Washington DC, L.A., Chicago, New Orleans and Miami in the conversation. "For me, I truly believe that right now, I kind of have this label on my back. There's a lot of history, and there's a lot to live up to that J. Prince has put down. To me, it's a tremendous amount of responsibility, but not something I can't handle," he said. UGK partner, the late Pimp C, also recorded solo material for Rap-A-Lot, including two albums, with a third posthumous release planned for fall.

Bun expressed that the label's motto has long been "keep it real," and affirmed that he's done just that throughout his 18-year recording career. "I wanted to show people that this record label is still impactful, and we're still making music that represents the streets. We still speak for those who aren't heard." Bun's comments reiterate the message behind many of J. Prince's intro messages to Rap-A-Lot albums, which Trill O.G. also now carries. Bun added that before he was making music, he was a fan of the famous label.

The veteran lyricist was also asked about "Let 'Em Know." After Bun B previously appeared alongside Massachusetts rapper Termanology on a Premier track in 2008's "How We Rock." Bun described the outcome of the HeadQCourterz Studio session, "It was a wish for me." Recognizing his own history for breaking boundaries, Bun pointed to Jay-Z's 2003 Black Album hit "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" as a southern anthem made by a Brooklyn emcee. He continued, "By the same token, 'Let 'Em Know' is a quintessential east coast, New York Hip Hop record, and I killed that bitch. It's not a detriment to where I'm from, or a detriment to where [DJ Premier] is from. It's just showin' that we've got a lot more to contribute together than separate." With his trademark grin, Bun closed, "And it's gonna be a lot more instances of that in the future, let me say."

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13 Comments

  • cmar

    you're young AND DUMB...one day you'll understand that you can believe in creation and still represent the streets....what your dumb ass doesn't understand is that jesus and every other profit was poor street nigga from tha hood.....once again, you're young and dumb

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  • Anonymous

    yeah when a nigga sits around and says there a believer then it would be wise of that man to choose who is he going to serve god or man.i guess thru all that being trill shit he talk he forgot who he needs to be trill to and thats the lord cause if you not true to him how can you be true to man its impossible he is the truth.

    • Anonymous

      yo yall niggas need to work on your grammar man. i'm not the shining example but damn put some spaces, some commas and some periods in your shit man. you guys are giving Anonymous a bad name. i mean i'll let the uppercase shit slide but break down your sentences damn.

  • Anonymous

    i have to admit i love bun and the work he has put in the game but sometimes he sounds like a fake ass nigga to me.im not mistakin at all cause i heard this man and read this man talkin about how religious he is and that hes a follower and believer in god and that he goes to church,but then he talks about in another article about how he this street nigga and all this shit about not forgiving people if they brake codes in the street or whatever.if you suppose to be a man of god then what the streets is doing or thinking on some negative shit dont apply to you no longer if you gave your life to god supposedly.cant play both sides so when the nigga sits around and talks that trill shit it goes one ear and out the other for me cause if you really down with god or religion you going to watch what you say out your mouth cause u dont know whos listening or watching.i get sick of half ass niggas claiming they so real but are not real enuff to give it 100 percent to god,all these niggas is phony and as soon as you realize god dont care about that phony ass shit your pullen then it will be easier for the people to see.

  • FromDat202

    With Scarface, Geto Boys, Devin The Dude, Yukmouth, Z-Ro, Trae, and Pimp C (RIP) no longer on the label, Bun B IS the only one holdin' Rap A Lot down right now. Besides Cash Money, they are the only label from the '90s era thats still active.

    • miguel Guttierres

      What about Duck Down? Bad Boy? Roc-a-Fella? If you meant Southern labels, then yes. But there are plenty of 90s labels that are still active.

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