One would think that UGK’s big break came when Jay-Z asked them to hop on his smash single, “Big Pimpin’,” but according to member Bun B, the first time he started to witness mainstream success was after the group’s collaboration with Three 6 Mafia, “Sippin’ on Some Sizzurp” dropped.
“I saw more White fans gravitate towards us after [our song with Three 6 Mafia] ‘Sippin’ On Some Sizzurp,’” Bun B told Steve Stoute’s Web site, tanningofamerica.com. “I think it was a big crossover moment for us and [them]. It was the beginning of [both of us] moving towards a broader audience. We didn’t really want to accept it at the time.”
As for the effect “Big Pimpin’” had on their career, Bun says, “the audiences were bigger, but it wasn’t much of a different racial makeup,” although, UGK was “booked at more black clubs in cities that we had not really been in before around the country,” as a result.
During the interview Bun B also touches on other racial issues while growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, with his former label Jive Records and with his family as a whole. Fans can read the entire four page Q&A here. —Mariel Concepcion