Bun B addressed the humorous side of the dilemma UGK faced
in working with Jay-Z on at the ASCAP, I Create Music expo in Los Angeles on Friday (April 11).
When the group was approached by Jay-Z, UGK had established
a very solid, loyal following and group member Pimp C expressed concern with
collaborating with a mainstream rapper such as their Brooklyn
Of the bouncy, Timbaland-produced song, Pimp C said,
“This got a lotta flutes man, I don’t know about them flutes, man,”
according to Bun B.
The description of his late rap partners opinions of the
2000 crossover song elicited raucous laughter out of the crowd of about 400
aspiring artists, producers and song writers. “Big Pimpin'” was the
last and biggest single of Jay-Z’s fourth album Vol. 3… Life and Times of S.
Bun said he was able to help convince Pimp C that it would
be a good move for the group.
This aint a UGK record, this is a Jay-Z record, Bun B said he explained to
Pimp C. Bun admitted he was for the song from the beginnings.
Interestingly, Bun said their song with Jay wasnt expected
to be a hit record.
The big record was supposed to be the one with Mariah (Things That You Do), but
I don’t think people know what that [song] sounds like, he said. You can’t
force feed the people [a hit song].
He told the crowd, These people [record labels] think you
are ignorant and theyre not giving the consumer credit.
Incidentally, Bun B performed the song with Jay-Z at the Houston stop of the
Heart of the City tour. The crowded recited the Pimp C lyrics to Big
Pimpin in honor of the deceased rapper.
Bun B, Chamillionaire, Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias of
Karma Productions, and Grouchy Greg Watkins of AllHipHop.com were panelists in
the discussion titled One Step Ahead: Staying on Top in R&B and Hip Hop.
The moderator was Tremayne Anchrum of ASCAP.Below is a video of
the Big Pimpin performance with Jay-Z and Bun B: