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BUNB T

Keep on Pushin’

here are days in life that change you forever. December 4th, 2007, brought one of those moments for Bun B, who, along with thousands of UGK fans, heard the tragic news that his charismatic rap partner and brother from another mother Pimp C had passed away in a Hollywood hotel room at the untimely age of 33. What followed was a whirlwind as Pimp’s friends and family retreated into their “respective clouds” and Bun found himself unable to even function in a recording studio, overwhelmed by emotion. Now that the dust has settled and Bun can finally admit that his friend is gone, he’s doing the only thing he can do: keep on pushin’. Just like funeral attendees were heartened by Mama C’s courageous “I’m okay, he’s okay, we’re all okay!” speech at her only child’s funeral, Bun knows he’s gotta stay strong for everybody. And, although he loves the fans, please don’t tell him what he’s gotta do. He’s way 2 Trill to even think about quitting this rap shit. Whether it’s Free Pimp C or R.I.P. Pimp C, it’s still UGK for life. When does the album come out and what’s the name of it? The album is coming out April 1st on Rap a Lot/Asylum. It’s called 2 Trill. That’s what I am – I’m just too trill for a lot of this bullshit that’s been going on lately. It’s time for somebody to step up to the plate on some of this shit. I can’t address everybody’s issues; I’ma address the things I feel are important and we’ll see what happens from there. Bullshit? Like, for example? I’m a cat that’s still in the hood. When you see me, I’m always one deep. We’re in the hood now and it’s 3rd Ward. It’s the cut. It’s row houses. It’s always been one of the most infamous weed houses in Houston right around the corner. You know, bullshit with the hood, just a lot of shit that’s starting to get out of hand. The way they letting little niggas do things nowadays, nobody’s really checking nobody on nothing. They definitely not checking the young niggas, that’s why the young niggas feel like they run everything. They feel like they can do anything. There’s no rules and no respect in the streets anymore? Yeah. First of all, respect gotta be given; respect gotta be earned, so I can understand if cats don’t wanna respect a lot of people in the hood ‘cause niggas ain’t acting right. Niggas is snitching and telling and everybody’s acting like that shit is cool. The honor amongst thieves isn’t there anymore. You gotta at least have that in order for the hood to operate in a certain sense. You feel like the honor amongst thieves was there, at a certain point? Yeah, it used to be there definitely. I don’t know what really happened as far as the late 80s/early 90s. I think when the sentencing laws started getting a little stricter, for the crack and all of that, niggas just couldn’t really do the time that they were being given. It’s not like nobody was doing time for other people’s cases. This was they case; it was they hustle, they grind. They got caught doing it and just didn’t wanna do they time. They didn’t wanna pay they debt to society. A lot of cats that I know are prepared to do that or go out whatever way but they not finna take other people down with ‘em just

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because they slipped up. When people say “no stitching,” people think [it’s about] if we see somebody get shot. That’s not what it’s about. Where’s do you draw the line between what’s snitching and what’s not? First of all, “stop snitching” has nothing to do with common people. That’s the problem. The stop snitching campaign is really only amongst gangsters. We’re talking about “stop snitching” if you get caught doing something. We’re not talking about if you witnessed [a crime]. That’s just pure victim of circumstance; just a common person in the wrong place at the wrong time. I feel sorry for you in that circumstance. But when you see the shirts and all of that, when they say “stop snitching,” they ain’t talking ‘bout the old lady across the street that’s calling the police. Of course the old lady across the street is gonna call the police. That’s what old ladies across the street do. But we’re talking about people for one, who don’t know nothing sticking they nose in serious business that they shouldn’t be sticking their noses in, and more specifically and more directly, to the individuals living in the criminal world who are committing these crimes. When you get caught, don’t snitch on somebody else just ‘cause you got caught. That’s what the saying “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” means. Unfortunately nobody lives by that shit anymore. So these are still active issues for you. Oh, absolutely, ‘cause I’m still in the hood. I still got homeboys that’s in the hood. I still know people that live within the criminal world. A lot of people who were prepared to do their five or six years or whatever it was for their particular case are getting caught up in these crazy conspiracy cases that had nothing to do with them just ‘cause somebody who got caught with dope knows that it’s somebody that’s doing big business. They not even doing business with this dude and they giving up these people’s names just so they can get time off for themselves. So for people who are hustling and prepared to do they six years, eight years, ten years, if they get caught now they’re looking at thirty, forty, fifty years ‘cause of conspiracy charges they have nothing to do with. That type of stuff is crazy. Too many people are pulling these youngsters in too early. You got hardheads, knuckleheads, people that no matter what you do they’re not gonna get the message; they’re gonna do what they wanna do. So be it. But it’s a lot of these kids that aren’t even given an option as to what they wanna do. We used to run lil niggas off the block; we used to not even let lil niggas see the alley, you couldn’t even see the alleyway where niggas used to sell dope and shit at. They wouldn’t even let niggas go down that alleyway. Now niggas scared to be in the alleyways so they put lil niggas in the alley. That shit is weak, man. That’s the type of shit I’m talking about. You got grown ass men letting lil kids take cases for them. Is there even enough money in the streets these days for it to be worth it? That’s the problem. For a kid that ain’t got nothing at home, that little $20 or $30 looks good. They not even getting R20 off the R100 that niggas used to get anymore. They just getting a little something and that’s why they going

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Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008  

Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008

Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008  

Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008

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