In addition to his third solo effort being on track to see first week sales of what Hits Daily Double estimates to be roughly 30,000 units, Bun B will also be gearing up to teach a class at Rice University during the spring 2011 semester. As previously reported, the UGK co-founder will serve as a distinguished guest lecturer for a class called Religion and Hip Hop Culture in America. In a recent interview with NPR’s Lindsay Sanchez, Bun B explained his reasoning behind accepting his first teaching gig and what he expects.
“I have to be very careful with what I do because this could either open a lot of doors and opportunities for other people or it could shut them down solid,” Bun explained in regards to being nervous about his teaching venture. He added that the idea was spawned by talking with Rice’s Dr. Anthony Penn who originally began teaching the class at Rice University.
“We’ll be reflecting on the nature and content of hip hop as a religious experience,” Bun explained. “We’ll discuss the history of rap music and find the different parallels and correlations between religion and hip hop. People will be surprised at how many instances there are. Just the Five-Percent Nations presence in hip hop alone during the late ’80s and early ’90s—we could teach for days just on that. And other different things—we have Jewish rappers now.”
The entire Bun B interview with NPR is available here, and Bun B’s Trill O.G. album is available in stores and online now.