On Friday (Feb. 8),Bun B made headlines with his first performance since the death of his longtime friend and UGK co-founder Pimp C. The rapper performed a set of his own hits as well as some UGK staples, and he was joined on stage by fellow Houston artists Slim Thug, Mike Jones and Z-Ro. While UGK lost to Common and Kanye West for the “Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group” award, fans should expect more performances as Bun B prepares for the April 1 release of his solo album II Trill.
Another Grammy nominee in the “Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group” award made headlines, but for far less flattering reasons. As Fat Joe enjoyed the success of his Grammy nominated single “Make It Rain,” Ray Benzino prepared to go to press with claims of sleeping with Fat Joe’s wife. According to the website MediaTakeOut.com, the next edition of the tabloid Hip-Hop Weekly will feature Benzino boasting about his alleged extra-marital affairs with Fat Joe’s wife Lorena and Misa Hylton-Brim. Neither Fat Joe nor Benzino has publicly commented on the rumor. However, the allegation follows a behavior pattern that has seen Benzino engage in conflicts with Eminem and competing editors Julia Beverly (Ozone) and Elliott Wilson (XXL).