Too Short And Bun B Remember UGK’s Early Days

'UGK were not just superstars to their fans, those were my homies,' Short says, in Mixtape Daily.

Live from Scranton, Pennsylvania … What it do, peoples? We’re a little late today, but the Mixtape Daily family is a few hours from our secret headquarters in New York, checking out the Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival . We were with [artist id="510062"]Weezy[/artist] and Drizzy [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] for their rehearsal on Sunday night, and we’re getting up with [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy[/artist] and [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist] (what up, Jade and B?) on Monday (July 27). For now, though, we’re going to give you a real exclusive: two of our favorite legends, [artist id="17853"]Too Short[/artist] and [artist id="1161671"]Bun B[/artist]. We chopped it up with the friends in Texas a while ago, when they were recording and giving up some good memories of performing at shows together. Totally unrelated: Kanye, that beat and your verse on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” are extremely ridiculous.

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Too Short and UGK are family as well as former labelmates. Short had a few years on Bun B and Pimp C when they started chopping it up and being cool back in the late ’80s. Not only did Short Dog give the trailblazing duo game about how to deal with Jive Records, he also gave them jewels about performing. One thing that both Short and the Underground Kingz have in common is that both acts are of the people.

“Well, you know what, the one thing that I’ll always remember that I got from UGK was I watched them,” said Short, sitting next to Bun in the studio. “You know, I always been about keeping it simple in the studio. When you get on that stage, it’s gonna be you and some other groups. Get in there, you gotta shine. So, I always say that when I was the OG and they were the youngsters, I’d always say to them, ‘Come out, always do a good show.’ But every time I’d see them, their show would get better and better. I just used to listen to the song selection and how they could take their fans [on a journey].

“You’re talking about a group that had no singles, that had no video, and they’re ripping every crowd they see,” Short continued. “The crowd knows every word. And it was just amazing. I kinda came up the same way, but to just step outside and look at somebody doing it like me — these dudes have no single and they doing a 60-minute set, and the crowd is loving every second of it. UGK were not just superstars to their fans, those were my homies. You feel me? Like, you the fan, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s Pimp, that’s my homie. That’s Bun, that’s my homie.’ ”

Bun says the same holds true today. He’s such a man of the people, sometimes his fans don’t recognize him even when he’s right in front of their faces.

“People are always telling me I look like Bun B,” Bun laughed. “People don’t ever say, ‘Bun B, what’s up?’ I went to the store to get some cigars. Girl behind the counter, she was laughing with her homegirl. I was like, ‘What y’all laughing about?’ She said, ‘Nah, [we were] talking about how much you look like Bun B.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, right, like Bun B would come in here.’ She said, ‘Yeah, I bet people tell you that.’ I said, ‘Every day somebody tells me I look like Bun B.’ ”

“We’re the kinda cats, man, we get offstage we go straight to the crowd,” Short added. “I don’t get bum-rushed. They just come to me like, ‘Short, yo what’s up, man? I just wanna shake a player’s hand. I just want to take a picture.’ ”

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