Bun B Ditches Asylum for Universal
Bun B has been on a tear throughout the first couple months of 2010, but fans are going to have to wait for some label maneuvering to take place before his new album ‘Trill O.G.’ is released. Bun has jumped ship from his recent home at Asylum (part of Warner Bros.) for a subsidiary of Universal called Fontana.
“We’re gonna be moving from the Warner Bros. system to the Universal system,” the UGK legend told XXL. “[This new situation] works better for me. I work better in the small system. When you’re in the big system it’s really about breaking you and exposing you and I think I’ve been able to build a career as far as just associating myself. We’re pretty good with that in-house with Rap-A-Lot. But with Universal we are gonna use their distribution legs and promotional chain, because they do have access that we haven’t been able to have before.”
Bun credits Asylum with bringing his solo work and collaborations with Pimp C in UGK to a wider audience, but blames in-house problems for his switch.
“Todd [Moskowitz] got moved up to a higher position and it doesn’t give me as much of an opportunity to be hand on hand on a lot of stuff,” he said.
Bun also credits the move for giving him more time to tune-up ‘Trill O.G.’ before dropping the record in May (hopefully). He has now logged studio time with Pharrell, DJ Premier and even Drake. In addition, he’s teasing a big time collaboration.
“I got a song that’s just kinda crazy,” he explained. “All I can tell you is that it’s a legendary song; literally it’s three legends on this song. Two of them is hip-hop and one of them is a cultural icon.”