Bun B, OutKast and More Remember the “International Player’s Anthem” Video Five Years Later
Bryan Barber: With the pimps, it’s almost like they were using the wedding to have a meeting point to talk about what their business was for the year. And then the wedding party, they’re gossiping on the table. Some of the guys are talking about women they want to fuck with. And then the women are actually saying, you know she’s been cheating on him. Those were real conversations. They’re in characters so the expressions are really kind of going along with what’s happening in that environment.
Khujo: You had pimps in there, then you had players in there. You had Gs then you had gangstas. It was just a mesh. Black men that came together to make an anthem. Whether people want to agree with it or not. Wasn’t nobody fighting. Didn’t nobody get shot or none of that. Overall, except for my brother, R.I.P., he gone, you know, Pimp C. But, we can always pull that video up and see him in his prime when he damn near just got out. I remember seeing him back there in the trailer with the white suit on with the white fur and the white hat on. That boy was in character right there, man. That boy was in character all day that day, bro. All day.
Bun B: It was ridiculously hot, you got to keep in mind it was even worse for Pimp because he was in a full-length mink coat. That was his thing. He loved to wear mink coats in the summertime. We asked him this when we shot “Big Pimpin’” ’cause he had on a mink coat and Gloria Velez had on a mink coat. It was hot as hell and everybody asked, “Pimp how can you stand out there and rap in a mink coat?” In a life full of classic one liners, this is my favorite thing that he had ever said, “Man, TV ain’t got no temperature.” He said, “You’ll see mink coats in the summer and bikinis in the winter ’cause TV ain’t got no temperature.” If you ever read these Sports Illustrated the models are always saying they are on the beach and it’s 50 degrees and freezing.
Fonzworth Bentley: First of all, it was so disrespectfully luxurious. It was hot, it wasn’t one of those mild L.A. days, it was like hot and this negro had on a white…well he had several minks, first of all. I remember when I first saw him before there were giving me the shoot downstairs and it’s him, Bishop Don Juan, you know all of the players and he had on this mink with the mink hat,
André 3000: I don’t know if I was there for that shot. I honestly can’t remember. I do remember seeing the coat later on. It was a mean-ass piece. Who cares what the weather was? Ha. If you’re cool, you’re just cool.
Bryan Barber: I don’t think he was outside that much. But the funny thing about it was, he showed up with this polar bear white mink. I mean, how iconic is that? I think that’s an image that nobody will ever forget about him. It was so devastated that he passed after the video. He really branded himself in that video. He really branded that image. And, he owned it. As iconic as it was to see all those Southern rappers in the movie, in the pimp world it was iconic to see Don Juan, Pimpin Ken.
Pimpin Ken: All the players that came, Bishop Juan and all those guys that were invited, I was the guy who was given an opportunity to get all those players in. Bishop was cool with Pimp too. When we all sit down in the Pimp section of the video, I was the one who told everybody where to sit at, so I kind of facilitated the whole thing. I wanted to put Bishop upfront because I’m the type of brother, I believe in honor and honoring my elders. We put him front and center and then I kind of sat close to Pimp and the rest of the players, they just scattered all about.
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