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Houston rapper set to make history with anti-hate message

Bun B will become the first hip hop artist to perform with the Houston Symphony
October 28, 2013 3:14:20 PM PDT
Houston rapper Bun B has a new record coming out in two weeks. But what he's really busy preparing for right now is a history-making concert at Jones Hall, as the first hip hop artist to perform with the Houston Symphony.

Move over Bizet and make way for rapper Bun B. I met up with the Houston hip hop artist and we talked shop about his new and unique collaboration with the Houston Symphony and the Anti-Defamation League for this year's Concert Against Hate.

"I really, really am proud to be the first hip hop artist to perform with the symphony," he said.

Bun B -- a new author, Rice University lecturer and formerly of the group UGK -- has been asked to write and perform a song backed by the Houston Symphony orchestra for the November 14 concert. He'll be paying tribute to Esther Campos, Michael Feinberg, Carol Shattuck and Texas Southern University's debate coach, Dr. Thomas Freeman. They are four educators who the ADL says have stood up against intolerance and extremism. Bun B says his lyrics will focus on the heart of who the honorees really are.

"For them to be so selfless, and so caring, and so dedicated to their missions, we should all be thankful to have individuals like this in our world," Bun B said. "They are not doing anything that we couldn't have done. We just didn't do it and they did."

And knowing hip hop is a genre that's had fingers pointed at it for a long time, Bun B says he's taking this opportunity with the symphony seriously. I also asked him to take me seriously, and consider letting me help him out in singing a hook.

"We're going to have to bring this cat to the studio, man. He's hitting them all," Bun B said. "I just want to thank you, man, for hitting those notes. Man, I'm going to be hitting you up for the next album, bro"

The November 14 Concert Against Hate is for music lovers of all ages and genres.

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