Bun B & M-1 "Gangsta Shit" (2009)
Label: Gold Dust Media
DJ Muggs: “After the second Soul Assassins album, I was thinking of doing a third. But I didn’t. But I found all these old verses laying around, so I put together a compilation called Soul Assassins: Intermission, which meant, ‘This is the break until we figure out how we’re gonna come back.’ Actually, what became the next Soul Assassins record before that was the GZA record, which was Muggs with one artist. Nobody was really doing that at the time, but now I’m starting to see it a lot. I might do it again with this Meyhem [Lauren] and Action [Bronson] record. I’ve got a bunch of songs with them done. That might be the next one in that series.
It was fun for me [pairing these artists up]. It was like comic books, where you’d be like, ‘I want to see Batman fight Superman.’
“It was fun for me [pairing these artists up]. It was like comic books, where you’d be like, ‘I want to see Batman fight Superman.’ It all comes from that. I met Bun, he was hanging out with my boy, so he was starting to be around a bit. Then I was in Texas, and Bun was in the studio, and I played him some beats, and he laid that down. Then one of my homies reached out to M-1, and was like, ‘We got Bun B on this record. Wanna get on it?’ Figured he would be good for it, because it was some gangster militant shit. Then there was no hook on it, so I just grabbed a line to put in there.
“It was ill, because I had spent about a week in Texas, in the studio and stuff, making beats. And while I was there, I started to like the music more, all the chopped and screwed stuff. You see the lifestyle, and you listen to the radio, and hang out in the clubs. It was a really good time for them, right before they did The Source cover with all the Houston artists on the ranch. Houston was popping off the time [we initially recorded that song].”