AUSTIN — Bun B is determined to maintain the legacy of both his former group, [artist id="1161671"]UGK[/artist], and his former partner in rhyme, Pimp C. Both came to an end on December 5, 2007, when C was discovered dead in a Los Angeles hotel room.
Since the tragedy, B has soldiered on, putting the finishing touches on the "final" UGK album, 4 Life (due March 31), and — unbeknownst to pretty much everyone — a Pimp C solo album too, which he revealed to MTV News at the South By Southwest Music Conference, hours before playing a fierce set at the Austin Music Hall alongside acts like Mistah F.A.B. and B.o.B.
"There's a solo album from Pimp C that's going to be released in two months, called The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones," he said. "That's probably the best album title I think I ever heard in my life."
The title of the new C album recalls his first solo effort, 2005's The Sweet James Jones Stories, and while B didn't reveal any additional details on the album, he did have plenty to say about his plans to tour behind 4 Life, including information about special Pimp C tribute shows in certain cities.
"They'll be probably in the top-five markets. These are shows that we're trying to put together for the core that's been supporting UGK the most — I would love to do it in every city, it's just not feasible for me to do — so it will probably be in, like, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, maybe Chicago, St. Louis," he said. "I don't want to get into it, 'cause there's a lot of cities that support UGK and I don't want them to be like, 'Oh man, they ain't bringing it here, they're tripping.' But it's going to be something more, where we bring other artists into the fold. Like, if we do the Houston show, I'll have other Houston artists come up and join me on different records. Same thing if we go to an Atlanta or Chicago ... try to make it an interactive experience."
The dates will serve as the final chapter in the UGK experience — after wrapping them, B will turn his focus to finishing his new solo album, Trill O.G. But, he says that for now, all of his energy is dedicated to giving his lifelong friend one final tribute, both on record and onstage.
"Yeah man, we're trying to do this with as much respect as possible, you know? It's a very unique and genuine situation in itself — I'm not really sure if it's ever really occurred as far as hip-hop goes," B said. "We're carrying this one with the kid gloves on. I made a lot of mistakes in my life — I'll probably make a lot more — I'm just praying I don't make one right now."