The Trill OG tells it like it is.
Earlier this week we were fortunate enough to sit down and talk with one half of the legendary rap group UGK, Bun B, about his participation in the Gumball 3000, his views on homosexuality in the the hip-hop culture and rap music, and the amazing explanation his granddaughter Taylor gave him for why she is famous.
BOSSIP: How did you come to learn about the Gumball 3000?
Bun: “Well, I had seen “Jackass” had done it before. So I had seen it, but I didn’t really understand what it was that they were doing. In 2010, my guy Mike Malbon, he owns Frank’s Chop Shop in New York City. He called me and said he had an open slot for someone to join him on the Gumball 3000. He explained to me that we would be driving around countries, city to city, partying and having fun, but I still didn’t really understand it. He told me to call DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, and Muggs said it was the best isht ever. So off the strength of his co-sign they got me a one way ticket to London and the rest is history.
BOSSIP: Do you encounter a lot of other black people who are participating in the Gumball 3000?
Bun: More and more every year. It’s mainly a European thing, it’s not like black people are excluded, but there’s not a lot of black people in Europe period. But there are black people on the Gumball, the founder and creator of Gumball Maximillion Cooper is literally getting married to Eve. Of course black people are interested, but this isn’t cheap. This is going to exclude people of all races, this ain’t about your race, this is about your tax bracket more than anything. It’s very evenly distributed, of course you see a lot of what we in America call “white people”, but some are British, some are Scottish, some are Italian. It’s a very eclectic mix of people from every walk of life. This year I think there’s 125-130 cars, that will probably represent at least 40 different countries.
BOSSIP: Sounds like the world’s biggest frat party on wheels:
Bun: Max’s dad describes it as “A Rock festival on wheels”. That’s the best description I’ve heard so far.
BOSSIP: There was a lil’ controversy surrounding your comparison of Lil’ Boosie to Nelson Mandela. Do you feel like rappers today still have the power to push people and motivate them to be more conscious?
Bun: Absolutely. Hip-Hop has always been that voice. We’ve always been the people to bring certain things to light and bring attention certain situations. We’re just not concentrating on the right situations as a whole right now. But there are still plenty of people who represent the struggle. I think Boosie, right now, is the number 1 individual in Black America who voices the struggle of poor people trying to make it in the hood right now.
BOSSIP: Do black artists need to take more responsibility in speaking a more conscious message or are fans less willing to accept and listen to the message being communicated?
Bun: We can have a bunch of people talkin’ about a bunch of different isht, but people are only listening to certain artists for certain things. That’s why with UGK we pretty much stuck to the same things and represented the struggle for people. There’s a lot of crazy isht going on in the hood. It’s important that certain people speak about certain things. There are only a handful of people who’s opinion others care about anyway. Those people have to come together in a unified front and stand up about certain things.
On the following page Bun shares his thoughts on homosexuality in hip-hop and the online fame of his granddaughter Taylor.
Image via Gumball 3000