Bun B of UGK opening a restaurant

Southern hip-hop hall of famer and UGK rapper Bun B is getting into the culinary arena with his latest business endeavor, Trill Burgers. Bun B, whose birth name is Bernard Freeman, partnered with California-based restaurateur Andy Nguyen and Sticky’s Chicken owners Patsy and Benson Vivares for the new venture, as they prepare to bring their […]

Bun B confirms Verzuz battle between UGK and Eightball & MJG

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Houston lyrical tactician Bun B has confirmed that there will be a Verzuz showdown between his group UGK, and fellow Southern statesmen, 8 Ball & MJG. Bun had been petitioning for the past year for him and the late Pimp C to have their catalog do battle against one of their peers. “The Real Swizz […]

Rapper Bun B shoots masked gunman during attempted home invasion

Houston-based rapper Bun B shot an unarmed gunman during a recent home invasion. According to the Houston Chronicle, the incident occurred on the evening of April 23 at Bun B’s home in Houston. Shortly after 5 p.m., Bun B’s wife, Queenie Freeman, heard the doorbell ring and initially believed it was an Amazon delivery. But when […]

Thursday throwback video alert: UGK – ‘Int’l Players Anthem’ ft. OutKast

Can you believe that it’s been 11 years since UGK and Outkast teamed up for easily one of the most quotable songs in hip-hop history? Neither can we. To celebrate the anniversary of this historical milestone, we had to dedicate this week’s Thursday Throwback Video to “Int’l Players Anthem.” Remember, keep your heart 3 stacks.

Big K.R.I.T.’s new single ‘Aux Cord’ is dedicated to old-school music lovers

Mississippi’s proud son Big K.R.I.T. is one of the most talented musicians-producers in the game today. With genre-pushing mixtapes (2013’s King Remembered In Time, 2015’s It’s Better This Way), albums (2012’s, Live from the Underground, 2014’s Cadillactica), and a new album, 4Eva Is A Mighty Long Time, on everyone’s playlist, this newly independent artist is […]

Dame Dash responds to cousin Stacey Dash’s controversial comments

Many people forget that former Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash and increasingly bizarre actress turned Fox News correspondent Stacey Dash are first cousins. Since her recent outlandish comments that people of color have no right to be upset at being excluded from Oscar nominations because whites are excluded from BET and other black focused entities, many in the […]

Goodie Mob’s ‘Soul Food’: Did legendary crew drop Southern rap’s greatest debut?

Goodie Mob’s debut album might be the best debut in southern rap history and it represents that period in Atlanta’s history just before the cultural and aesthetic shift that defined the city after the 1996 Olympics. If OutKast were your cool cousins you’d hung out with in high school, Goodie Mob was like college “super seniors,” passing blunts while dropping knowledge in university housing.

Jay Z and Timbaland sued for using sample in 1999 song ‘Big Pimpin’

Jay Z’s copyright troubles over his 16-year-old song “Big Pimpin’” are resurfacing to haunt him. A music composer’s nephew is suing the entertainment mogul and the song’s producer, Timbaland, over copyright claims regarding a flute sample. The Arabian-sounding flute in question is heard within the beat throughout the 1999 song about having casual sex with […]

Pimp C’s biography to be written by former ‘OZONE’ editor

In 2007, Southern rap fans mourned the loss of one of their heroes when UGK producer and rapper Chad “Pimp C” Butler passed away. But much like the real story of the days leading up to this tragic event, most of this enigmatic musician’s life has remained a mystery, relegated to rumors and entertaining tales […]

Bun B blasts Sen. Ted Cruz for Obamacare opposition

Bun B is one of the godfathers of Houston hip-hop, and his perspective carries a lot of weight in the community. The UGK co-founder was recently asked to give his opinion on Houston senator Ted Cruz. Cruz infamously gave a controversial unofficial filibuster of Pres. Barack Obama’s healthcare program that lasted over 21 hours.

OutKast’s ‘Player’s Ball’ turns 20; a debut single that changed hip-hop

“Player’s Ball” changed the hip-hop landscape like only a handful of singles had before. In the same way that Run-D.M.C.’s “It’s Like That” announced the end of hip-hop’s first wave and the start of a new, more aggressive brand of rap; and in the same way that Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” put G-Funk and Death Row Records at the forefront of hip-hop visibility, “Player’s Ball” was the opening shot from a city that would soon become the center of hip-hop in the new millennium.

15 greatest Southern hip-hop albums of all time

It’s quite odd that there was a time when hip-hop practiced segregation. In the ’80s and early ’90s, Southern rappers rarely got radio spins in the North and West; cable stations such as MTV, VH-1 and, to a lesser extent, BET, would not play videos from Southern-based artists, and top- notch hip-hop groups (such as […]

10 reasons Beyoncé failed miserably with ‘Bow Down/I Been On’

Beyoncé caused an uproar after the release of her new song, “Bow Down/I Been On.” She sings, “I know when you were little girls, you dreamed of being in my world, don’t forget it, don’t forget it Respect that, bow down, b—–s.” Beyoncé will move beyond this moment, but the song is a bit out […]

Bun B Announces the Sole Drive 2012

Grammy nominated legendary rapper Bun B will host The Sole Drive 2012 to raise 20,000 pairs of shoes, to be donated to 20 select organizations around the world.

Pimp C’s Protégé, B-Do, Ready to Release ‘The First One Is For Pimp’

Bradley Davis, better known as “DJ B-Do,” has produced music for nearly all of Houston’s hip-hop elite. His group, Da Underdawgz, formed by Pimp C of UGK, is now ready to release their debut project. The street album, appropriately titled The First One Is For Pimp, is in honor of his late mentor and a […]