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Bun B, hip hop and changing culture

Photo by Jacob Moore. Bun B and Mayor Parker declaring Bun B Day in Houston. August 2011

Bun B is an absolute boss, a fact reasserted in the Texas Monthly article on his influence.  I find it interesting how much cultural change Bun B has been involved in.  UGK were crucial in convincing the world to appreciate southern hip hop.  Bun B is a great example of community minded hip hop leader, as Katy Vine explains:

Bun B’s life these days is so deeply intertwined with Houston’s that he is often referred to as the city’s unofficial mayor. He has been featured in anti-texting public service announcements. He helps publicize drives for the Houston Food Bank. He hosts a twice-weekly segment on the TV station CW39 called Bun’s Beat (recent installments include “Bun B’s Thoughts on the NFL Banning the N-Word” and “Bun B’s Advice for Returning College Students”). He has been a regular guest on networks such as Comcast SportsNet Houston to discuss the Astros and the Rockets. He attends nearly every major concert. He promotes the city’s food and culture actively on his Twitter feed, where he can seem, at times, like a one-man chamber of commerce. “If you want to find out the best sushi spot, barbershop, or club, he would probably be the person with the widest Rolodex,” Houston rapper Chamillionaire told me. “You could ask him something crazy, like where to find left-handed scissors in Houston, and he could probably point you in three different directions.”

via Man About Town: Page 2 of 8 | Texas Monthly.

Let us note that place has been one of the most significant parts of hip hop culture (where are you from?).   What if there are creative hip hop intellectuals in every town in the world, who love where they are from so passionately that they will become positive leaders in their own places?  It’s going to take some forward thinking municipalities to get the benefits of including hip hop intellectuals.

Thanks to thehairpin for the linque.

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Mixtape media: DJ Drama

Thanks to Nah Right for the two part interview with mix tape innovator DJ Drama.  Here are my favorite snippets from the interview, starting with some DJ insights:

“And I was an East Coast type of guy with my taste. When you come to school, particularly in a place like Atlanta, you’ve got so many people from so many places. So I had to relearn how to DJ, and it made me much more of a worldly DJ than I might have been [if I stayed] in Philly. You had people from California, and people from D.C. that wanted hear go-go, and people from the islands. You got your people from Atlanta that want to hear A-Town shit. Then there’s people from New York. So you gotta learn how to please a bunch of people.

via Mixtape Memories with DJ Drama (Part 1)Nah Right.

I appreciate him noting that it was the absence of mixtape DJs working with southern artists that created his lane.

“There was a store called Tapemasters, my man Marco used to work in there. And I would try to sell my CDs in there, but I would get blown out, because I was making East Coast CDs trying to compete with Whoo Kid and Kay Slay and Clue, and no one was checking for me because I was getting beat to the punch [by them having the exclusives before me]. So my senior year of college, I realized that I needed to make a South tape. And that shit flew like hot cakes. The first song ever on the pre-Gangsta Grillz DJ Drama South tape was ‘Bling Bling.’ That was like ‘99. And Marco was like, ‘You need to focus on your neo-soul tapes, and your South tapes. That’s where you have niches at.’

via Mixtape Memories with DJ Drama (Part 1)Nah Right.

Part II here.

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