Bun B is one of Hip-Hop’s most studious figures and his performance with the Houston Symphony and the Lamar High School Choir on November 14 just solidifies the statement in granite.
Decked out in a black tuxedo, the UGK spokesman was the true master of ceremony for the evening. The rap-meets-classical combo also marked a historic moment for the Houston’s Jones Hall.
It was the first time a rapper had ever been invited to perform alongside the orchestra.
Bridging the symphony with “the [hip-hop] culture,” as Bun calls it, is a major step toward acceptance, both for him personally and that culture.
“I’m not nervous because of the people that will be here tonight,” he says. “I’ve played larger rooms. I’m nervous because of the legacy of those who came before me, who struggled and fought for my right to be on this stage.”
The program was divided into four parts, each one championing its individual concept paired with a musical selection. “Fighting Anti-Semitism” was backed by John Williams’ “Theme From Schindler’s List,” “Promoting Civil Rights For All” with Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story overture scored the “Challenging Hate And Bigotry” section.
Bun B had been on a strenuous press run in NYC to promote his recently released, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, available on iTunes now. His latest video, “Triller” was recently placed on Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 10 Videos Of The Week (11/15/13).
Hit the gallery to see all the photogenic highlights of the evening, which including The Bun’s mother taking in her first performance and actress Alfre Woodard gracing the stage with her presence as well.
Photo: Marco Torres