Bun B has always been in a teaching way, with stints at Rice University as a Distinguished Lecturer. Now, the Down South O.G. is aiming his unique brand of intellect towards a much younger audience with his new Hip-Hop coloring book and activity guide.
Bun B sat with New York Magazine‘s Vulture site to discuss the book, which bears the amazingly vanilla title, Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book. The book was released yesterday and features a bevy of Hip-Hop veterans and rising stars such as Queen Latifah, Common, Wiz Khalifa, Drake, LL Cool J, Questlove, Bun B himself and a host of others. With the help of illustrator Shea Serrano, Bun B’s humorous approach to the book and his tales of getting the artists to sign on were riveting.
I read that you ran into Drake and Questlove at NBA All-Star Weekend this year and — within twenty minutes — got their agreements. So was it that there were people who just didn’t get the concept?
Well, there was one rapper who didn’t get it. I won’t name him, there’s no reason to name him. He’s a good friend of mine, we’ve known each other for years and we’ve recorded together but … he just didn’t get it. He couldn’t grasp the concept and didn’t want to be a part of it. Which is perfectly fine with me. His thought was, I’m not gonna do it; it doesn’t matter who’s asking. But he did his verse for me, and I’d rather have his verse over this picture from him, any given day.
This isn’t just a coloring book; it’s got activities, too. Seeing as Kanye loves playing Connect 4, Jay Z’s really good at Jenga, and you’re friends with everybody, I was wondering if you knew of anyone else who’s particularly good at board games?
Well, Too Short’s really good at pool. Everyone knows Snoop is really good at Madden. But board games? Somebody plays Monopoly, I just can’t think of it right now. Ah, this is ripe for parody. All that sh-t’s available on iPads now, so very few people actually play a “board” game. Big Boi is a major Words With Friends addict.
The UGK rapper also talks his rumored Trill 4 Life album, upcoming projects, getting a copy of the book to the Pope and Blue Ivy and more in the interview. To grab a copy of the book, click here. Hit the next page to see the cover of the book.
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