Bun B, OutKast and More Remember the “International Player’s Anthem” Video Five Years Later
Bun B: It was just hilarious that [the girls] were actually going to that extent. When they were filming that, they were going for it. They were really going for it, throwing the cake at each other and pushing each other. It was one of the last things we shot because when they did that it was a wrap. The cake was a wrap, the set was a wrap, the costumes and hair and all of that. They only had one shot to get that right. A lot of times that kind of thing can look fake and I don’t know what happened in wardrobe but they went for it.
Fonzworth Bentley: They were stunt women. He cast stunt women so the funny thing was, he put me on G, but everyone else really didn’t know. I always want to know stuff, you know I want to know. So he was like, “Yo, check this out and you know how it is, not only is this their art form, but when you got all of these dudes’ energy around and the vibe was just right, like they went in.” They was literally making contact. For real, for real. Like where you can hear it. Like one of them joints. It was really crazy. And went to the floor still swinging. The whole nine. It was crazy, though.
Bryan Barber: I really wanted [the girls] to go all out, pulling hair and throwing each other into the cake and really get physical and make it feel real. I wanted people to be like, “Awww, man. It’s really happening.” I knew that if I would have gotten regular girls to do that, they wouldn’t want to get their hair messy and stuff. I don’t think anybody saw it coming. It’s like a mini movie really.
The BET Awards
Bryan Barber: You know, we actually won twice. The first time was at the Hip Hop Awards. At the Hip Hop awards, we in a category with Kanye. Kanye had won, but while on stage Kanye called us up. Like, “Really man, Bryan Barber, Big Boi, UGK, they won this award. Come on up and get the award,” which I thought was big of Kanye. He’s not a guy who really does anything to make people happy necessarily. He does things he believes in. Kanye passed it to us, but BET didn’t give it to us. The following year at the BET Awards, we won. That was interesting.
André 3000: Happy I was a part of it. And really happy for UGK. It was a good look.
Bun B: It was bittersweet, a lot of these accolades came after [Pimp C] passing away. It was [because of] his hard work and perseverance that a lot of these things came into fruition. One thing he wanted was that BET acknowledgment, from his peers and the Grammy association all of those type of things. One thing people don’t realize is Pimp C was really a musician and he produced a lot of great music for a lot of people including ourselves. I never felt he got his just due as a producer, musician, composer, arranger. Pimp C did all of these things and more. He was a singer, he did everything, he put the order of the album together. Even when we lost to Kanye, Kanye was like, “I don’t want to accept this award because this goes to UGK and OutKast ’cause they had the best video.” That’s how he honestly felt and that’s why when everybody kind of shitted on him for the Taylor Swift comments, I said, “That dude meant that.” It was beautiful. I just really hate that he wasn’t able to be there in the physical form.
Bryan Barber: The way it all worked is that I had to talk in order to allow Bun enough time to get on stage. By the time he gets there, it looks like I’ve been talking a long time. So apparently Jay-Z made a comment about that, which I didn’t appreciate. I had to talk to Bun, like, “Yo, did you feel disrespected?” He was like, “Nah.” I don’t even know where that comment came from. Honestly, I think it was a misunderstanding. But, you know, we got past that. Me and Jay is cool now. At the BET Hip Hop Awards, if Kanye had not recognized the video, I don’t believe we would have gotten an award. When Kanye gave us the award, the whole room lit up. And I think that BET was like, “Oh, we should have gave them an award.” And then they came back and did it.