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Bun B Speaks on Relationship With Rap’s Next Generation

Bun B is for the youth. The Texas-bred rap vet has appeared on songs by more than a handful of MCs from hip-hop’s new generation and in a recent interview with, the Underground King explained why he’s so open to lend out his talents.

“If I could, if it made sense I’d do a song with everybody,” he told XXL. “But that’s not being realistic so I try to make sure I align myself with the right people out here.”

Some of those people Bun is speaking about include T.Dot upstart Drake, who Bun blessed on the track “Uptown,” Atlanta newcomer Donnis (“Country Cool”) Cipha Sounds’s artist The Kid Daytona (“Air Born”) and D.C. rep Wale with whom he has several songs.

“With me calling myself an Underground King if I’m not affiliating myself with the Drakes, and the Wales and the Kid Daytonas and the Donnises of the industry that’s on the come up, you know people like B.o.B. and what not, if I’m not in tune with the streets before they blow, then I couldn’t really call myself an Underground King,” he explained.

Bun also wants to make it clear that his cosign is genuine and not financially motivated. “It ain’t always about money,” he said, “people think I’ll pop up on a lot of stuff cause I get paid to, but most of these cats’ll tell you I haven’t taken a dime from ’em. None of these new artists, ain’t nobody got those crazy budgets like that and it’s a mixtape.”

The UGK rapper was recently a part of the 4th Annual New Mexico Takeover in Albuquerque. As previously reported, Bun took the stage last Sunday (August 30), along with Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Twista, among others. –Elan Mancini with additional reporting by Carl Chery

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