Andre 3000 Claims Pimp C Hated His “Int’l Players Anthem” Verse

Andre 3000 has too many classic verses to count. That being said, his turn on “Int’l Players Anthem” might be one of his most celebrated. It’s quotable, eccentric, and it all plays out before the drums to the main instrumental kick in. It distinguishes Andre’s verse from the other rappers on the song, aka Big Boi and UGK. As beloved as the verse and the song is today, though, Pimp C was not happy when he first heard it. The things that make it unique are the very things that rubbed the UGK rapper the wrong way.

Andre 3000 shared this anecdote during his recent appearance on The Shop. He recounted the making of the song, and his unorthodox choice to remove the drums from his verse. He sent the verse back with just the sample, and Pimp C was livid. “Pimp was so mad at me,” Andre 3000 recalled. “Because they sent the beat and I wrote my verse, put my words down and I took the beat out for me to rap.” Pimp C wasn’t disappointed with the bars, but he felt like the song had been changed without his permission. “Pimp was like, ‘Fuck this muthaf*cka, man! This n**ga done goddamn took my beat out,” Andre said. “Who the f*ck he think he is?!’ He was really mad at the choice that I had made to take the beat [out].”

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Andre 3000 Claimed Pimp C Disliked The Beat Change

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. Andre 3000 told The Shop hosts that others made the case for keeping the verse the way it is. “I don’t know if it was Bun [B] or somebody,” the rapper called. “They were like, ‘Nah, but you don’t understand, when that beat drop, though, it sets it off.’ So it’s almost like a set-up. So it worked, and once he got that, he was like, ‘Okay, okay.’” The gamble paid off. “Int’l Players Anthem” peaked at number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was UGK’s first and only entry on the charts, and remains their most successful single.

While The Shop episode marks the first time Andre 3000 has shared the Pimp C story, a similar anecdote was shared by A&R Jeff Sledge during a 2016 appearance on the A Waste of Time podcast. The change in Sledge’s version was that it was him, not Bun B, who urged Pimp C to keep Andre’s verse without the beat. “Let’s rock it like that,” the A&R recalls saying. “Because when Andre doing acapella and then when the beat drops, that’s when your verse drops. And then your verse is gonna lift the record up because now the beat is rocking and your verse is kicking.” Whoever made the call, we’re thankful.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Megan’: The Houston Rapper’s Third Album Is Almost Here And This Is What You Need To Know About It

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Back in October, Megan Thee Stallion first began teasing her new era after freeing herself from her old record deal and going independent. In just a few days, she’ll reveal the culmination of her efforts in the form of her third album, Megan, which she announced just after launching her Hot Girl Summer Tour. Here’s everything to know about the new album.

Release Date:

Megan is out 6/28 via Hot Girl Productions LLC. Pre-save it here.

Tracklist:

Megan revealed the tracklist on June 21. Check it out below.

1. “Hiss”
2. “Rattle”
3. “Figueroa”
4. “Where Them Girls At”
5. “Broke His Heart”
6. “B.A.S.” Feat. Kyle Richh
7. “Otaku Hot Girl”
8. “Find Out”
9. “Boa”
10. “Mamushi” Feat. Yuki Chiba
11. “Accent” Feat. GloRilla
12. “Paper Together” Feat. UGK
13. “Spin” Feat. Victoria Monét
14. “Down Stairs DJ”
15. “Miami Blue”
16. “Worthy”
17. “Moody Girl”
18. “Cobra”

Features:

Features on the album include New York Drill rapper Kyle Ricch, who appears on “B.A.S.,” Japanese rapper Yuki Chiba, and Memphis rapper GloRilla, with whom Megan previously featured on “Wanna Be” and its remix. In addition, R&B star Victoria Monét appears on “Spin,” while Texas rap royalty (heh) UGK appears on “Paper Together” (whether that means an unreleased Pimp C verse is included remains to be seen). Megan said there is a hidden feature in a livestream:

Singles:

So far, Meg has released three singles: “Hiss“; “Cobra“; and “Boa.”

Artwork:

In sharing the cover for Megan, the Houston Hottie caused some controversy among fans, who decried the original art’s departure from the previously established snake theme of the promotion to date. However, it appeared Meg was ready for the backlash, as she had not just one but two snakier covers ready to go. You can see all three covers below.

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Megan Thee Stallion

Tour:

The US leg of the Hot Girl Summer tour will be done before the album’s release, but there’s a European leg remaining. After that, Meg may swing back around to the states to perform all her new songs, so stay tuned.

Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘MEGAN’ Album to Feature UGK, Victoria Monet & More

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Megan Thee Stallion’s new album, MEGAN, will be released this Friday. Ahead of the release, Hot Girl Meg has released the tracklist, revealing that UGK, GloRilla, Victoria Monet, and more will join her on the 18 tracks. You can see the full tracklist below.

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Hits By 50 Cent, Eminem, Lil Wayne, And More Were Remixed In 1950s Style By AI, And Fans Love It

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50 Cent’s breakout hit “In Da Club” isn’t the only song to get the AI remix treatment today. Remakes of faves from Eminem, Tupac, UGK, and more were remade in the style of 1950s doo-wop and rock hits, and are going viral on social media as fans are delighted by the juxtaposition of modern lyrics and songwriting philosophies with sounds that evoke a more wholesome time — at least, in comparison.

After all, rock and roll stars like Chuck Berry and Little Richard were plenty controversial in their day, much the same way Eminem drew fire for his deliberately provocative lyrics. Singers like Sam Cooke tackled divisive sociopolitical topics the same way Tupac did, and it’s important to remember that even Elvis — the original Eminem — were largely considered sex symbols whose work was too racy for the relatively conservative climate of the midcentury, even if they’re considered pretty tame by today’s standards. Check out some of the remakes below.

Lil Wayne: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799284198005706961/video/1
Tupac: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799548625107718366/video/1
Eminem: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799656245974225099/video/1
Ugk: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799670328399974413/video/1
Young Thug: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799865845876703405/video/1
50 Cent: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1799895616765694195/video/1
Sisqo: https://twitter.com/AllHHSessions/status/1800049570568913201/video/1

AI in music has been considered a bit of a hot topic recently, with AI-generated songs drawing both derision and acclaim as the works become more popular. However, there are still plenty of fans and music industry professionals who see a need for legislation to control how and when AI can be used, before it’s too late.

[WATCH] Jazze Pha Talks R. Kelly, Aaliyah, Biggie, Michael Jackson And More 

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This week on Country Rap Tunes Podcast, Cory Mo & Kimberly Jones talk to the Legend himself Jazze Pha. They talk about his younger years growing up in the music industry. Working with R Kelly, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Ciara, UGK, Biggie, 2 Pac, Michael Jackson and much more. Jevon Dewand of the “Trap Stars” also joined in to talk about his new project ventures & how to live life the right way. This episode will inspire you to be motivated at what ever it is that you do in life. Ep. 1 Season 2.

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Bun B Net Worth 2024: Updated Wealth Of The Rapper

When it comes to the music industry, especially the rap genre, one name that constantly resounds is that of Bun B. The rapper, whose real name is Bernard Freeman, has amassed a significant fortune over his illustrious career. As of 2024, Bun B’s estimated net worth stands at a commendable $4 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

The Journey of Bun B

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ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 06: UGK members Pimp C (L) and Bun B attends the First Annual Ozone Awards at the Bob Carr Auditorium August 06, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)

Bun B’s journey to wealth began in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. It was here that he established himself as one half of the legendary Southern rap duo UGK, alongside the late Pimp C. Their unique blend of gritty street narratives and soulful production laid the foundation for Bun B’s burgeoning career.

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The Earnings of Bun B

Bun B performs in 2022 at SXSW.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 17: Bun B performs onstage at ‘Earn Your Leisure & UnitedMasters Present #earnyourmasters Music Showcase’ during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 17, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSW)

Bun B’s net worth has been accumulated primarily through his music career. Album sales, concerts, and collaborations with various artists have all contributed significantly to his wealth. His solo albums, such as Trill and II Trill, have enjoyed considerable commercial success, further boosting his earnings.

Bun B’s Influence On Hip-Hop

Bun B on stage in Houston, Texas.
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 4: Rapper Bun B (Bernard Freeman) of UGK and The Suffers open when ZZ Top performs during Super Bowl Live at Root Memorial Square Park in Houston, Texas, on February 4, 2017. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Bun B’s contribution to the hip-hop industry extends beyond his personal wealth. As a prominent figure in the Southern rap scene, he has influenced a new generation of artists and helped put Southern hip-hop on the global map. His influence in the industry is undeniable and adds to his overall net worth in terms of cultural currency.

Read More: Bun B Breaks Down Iconic Jay-Z & Pimp C Interaction During “Big Pimpin’” Video Shoot

Investments And Ventures of Bun B

Bun B at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
MIAMI BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 06: Bun B is seen backstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 at Fillmore Miami Beach on October 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

While music is the primary source of Bun B’s wealth, he has also explored other avenues of income including the launch of Trill Burgers. The rapper has made various investments over the years, although the details of these ventures are often kept private. In addition, Bun B bolstered his worth through his activities as a guest lecturer at Rice University, which demonstrates his diverse range of interests and talents.

The Future For Bun B

Bun B endorses Beto O'Rourke.
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 08: Rapper Bun B speaks in support of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke at a campaign rally at White Oak Music Hall on October 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas. O’Rourke is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the midterm elections. (Photo by Loren Elliott/Getty Images)

At $4 million, Bun B’s net worth in 2024 reflects the success of a career spanning several decades. With new music continually in the works and his influence ever-present in the industry, it’s likely his wealth will continue to grow.

Read More: Bun B Shares 10 Hip-Hop Songs For Young Rap Fans

Conclusion

Bun B’s net worth is a testament to his skill, dedication, and influence in the music industry. Whether through his music, his investments, or his academic pursuits, the rapper has demonstrated a keen sense of business acumen. While Bun B’s net worth currently stands at $4 million, his wealth is not solely financial. His cultural impact and influence on the hip-hop industry are worth even more and will continue to resonate for many years to come.

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Happy 50th Birthday To UGK’s Pimp C(RIP)!

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Houston Hip Hop legend Pimp would’ve turned 50 years old today

Born Chad Lamont Butler on this day in 1973 in Port Arthur, Texas, Pimp C emerged into the Hip Hop scene with his partner Bun B to make the Underground Kingz (UGK) one of the greatest rap groups to come out of the Dirty South and undoubtedly the best rap duo from Texas.

In his illustrious three-decade-long career, the Pimp released nine UGK albums, six full-length solo albums, and even a posthumous book Sweet Jones: Pimp C’s Trill Life Story by Ozone Magazine owner Julia Beverly, which dropped this past summer.

Pimp C lost his life on December 4, 2007, from an overdose of promethazine syrup, which is called “lean” on the streets, in West Hollywood, California. He passed just weeks shy of his 34th birthday. Even though his physical presence is gone and sorely missed, many artists still pay homage to Sweet Jones through his music and dedication to his of their own music.

RIP PIMP C!!!

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Today in Hip-Hop History: UGK Released Their First Studio Album ‘Too Hard To Swallow’ 31 Years Ago

Too Hard to Swallow

On this date in 1992, Bun B and Pimp C put out their first studio release Too Hard To Swallow and began their extremely successful career as Underground Kingz.

With UGK (short for Underground Kingz) being one of the first rap groups to come out of Texas to be regarded nationally, it’s easy to see how important it is to the South. At this time in the early 90s, there wasn’t much coming from anywhere other than New York or California. The only southern rappers that had hits were fellow Texas natives Geto Boys and Miami-based rappers 2 Live Crew. When this album dropped, it opened up a door for a whole new wave of southern rap to emerge.

Unlike the funkier, sample-heavy beats that UGK became known for rapping over later in their career, this album is true to its name as far as its production. The beats are a lot more aggressive and so is the lyricism. Nevertheless, this album is full of hits that are considered classics of the group’s catalog. These three tracks are “Something Good”, “Use Me Up” which hails a Bill Withers sample, and “Pocket Full of Stones”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 hood classic, Menace II Society.

The album was recorded over a year period from 1991 to 1992 and released on November 9th, 1992 under Jive Records, the early 90s powerhouse label hosting acts such as E-40, A Tribe Called Quest, R.Kelly, and the late Aaliyah. The album has so far sold 369,511 copies and peaked at 37th on the Billboard US R&B Charts. After this album, UGK went on to put out five albums until the untimely passing of member Pimp C in 2007.

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Doechii’s ‘Universal Swamp Anthem’ Song Is The Ultimate Tribute To Hip-Hop’s Beloved Southern Duo UGK

Doechii has proven to be one of the most promising new musical acts (like with her breakout Coachella performance, for example). Although she incorporates inspiration from several genres, her love for hip-hop always shines through the brightest. The musician’s latest partnership with Google Pixel, Doechii, was able to showcase that admiration on a new single, “Universal Swamp Anthem.”

With the genre’s 50th anniversary among us, the self-proclaimed Swamp Princess was sure to honor one of rap’s most impactful duos, UGK (comprised of Bun B and Pimp C). As a Florida native, Doechii didn’t leave the southern region for inspiration as she reimagined the group’s 2007 “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You).” Just like she did on her freestyle to Beyoncé’s “America Has A Problem,” Doechii flexed her lyrical ability. As fans wait for the release of Doechii’s Pix Tape EP, due out next month, the record allows the recording artist to cut loose creatively.

The track is the latest of Google’s Pixel RePresents series of songs with Mass Appeal. Other artists — such as Flo Milli, Bia, and Lola Brooke — have all dropped a remake of their favorite hip-hop songs, including Too Short’s “Blow The Whistle,” Clipse’s “Grindin’,” and Petey Pablo’s “Raise Up.”

Listen to “Universal Swamp Anthem” above.

The First Time Jay-Z Called Bun B, The Texas Rapper Thought It Was A Prank

In the return of Uproxx’s Fresh Pair, Port Arthur, Texas rapper (and secret Swiftie) Bun B breaks down his career for hosts Just Blaze and Katty Customs as they break down the custom sneakers they made for him based on that career. One funny anecdote involves the filming of the video for “Big Pimpin’” and Bun’s reaction to receiving a personal phone call from Jay-Z.

Near the 11:30 mark in the episode, Just recalls his reaction to listening to “Big Pimpin’” for the first time, Bun recounts how he and his UGK partner-in-rhyme Pimp C were tapped to appear on the record.

“I thought the call was a prank,” he admits. “It was a blocked number. I was like, ‘Who’s this?’ He was like, ‘It’s Jay-Z,’ and I was like, ‘Yo, stop playing on my phone,’ and I hung up.”

However, Bun picked up when Jay called back and thanks to Jay’s distinctive voice, recognized that it really was the superstar rapper. It’s a great story about how the early rap business still had a personal touch.

Bun also recalls Pimp C’s initial skepticism about the song, the surprise of its success after a prior single flopped, and Pimp’s hilarious reaction to being told to take off his mink coat during the video shoot in Trinidad & Tobago.

You can watch the full interview above and subscribe for more Fresh Pair at Youtube.com/UproxxVideo. Check out a YouTube short of the moment below: