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Talib Kweli and Bun B Share Stories About Smoking Weed With Biggie

Talib Kweli and Bun B Share Stories About Smoking Weed With Biggie

The rap legends revealed what they learned about the late rapper.

Bun B appeared at the first guest on the premiere episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli” this week and the rap legends talked about another rap legend: The Notorious B.I.G.

On Kweli’s new weekly interview show exploring hip-hop, culture, and politics, Bun goes on to talk about surviving the recent home invasion, his rap influences, growing up in Texas, the evolution of UGK, and Pimp C appearing on the Menace II Society soundtrack. But both rappers swap stories about smoking with Biggie Smalls.

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Bun says he and Pimp C were once at the BMG offices in New York City during the mid-90s when they met Biggie.

“‘Juicy’ was still at 460K or 465K, something like that and so, everybody in the room is making a very big deal about Craig Mack,” he says at the 24-minute mark in the video. “I’m a rapper. I remember the Ready To Die album leak. What was it? Like eight joints that had leaked before the album came out? But I want to meet Biggie Smalls.”

He went on to say he was shocked when Big said he had already known who they were and that he was a fan of their 1992 song, “Pocket Full Of Stones.”

“He was like, ‘I fuck with y’all,’… We said, ‘We fuck with you, too.’ I said, ‘We finna go outside and smoke if you wanna smoke.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, cool I’ll come. I’ll smoke.’” Bun goes on to te tell his story about seeing Big’s street smarts in real life.

“So we go out to the car — and he’s a big dude. Pimp was in the driver’s seat and I’m in the passenger seat so I offer him the front passenger seat. He was like, ‘Nah, I’m gonna chill in the back.’ I was like, ‘Yo, there’s a lot more room in the front.’ He’s like, ‘I’m good, I’m gonna sit in the back.’ He left the door open. We were like, ‘Yo, close the door. We’re gonna hot box.’ He’s like, ‘Nah, I need the air. I gotta keep the door open.’”

“It wasn’t until later that I realized that he didn’t want to sit in the front seat because he didn’t want anybody sitting behind him,” he says. “He didn’t want the door closed in case he needed to bounce because he didn’t know us like that. I had even more respect for him as a man outside of the music. Like OK, I see that man moves in a real way out there.

“We smoked and we chilled. He was just a very, very good rapper. There’s A lot of people are going to make rap music and rap songs but a lot of us aren’t going to be that good. Only a few us will be really really great at it. He’s one of the few guys that was really great at it … you know that dude was different.”

 

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Kweli then joins in and tells a story about being at John Forté’s birthday party and meeting Biggie.

“We were just smoking,” he says. “It was one of those things where I was let behind a velvet rope for a second and I was just sittin’ in the booth, as a kid, not even old enough to get in the club at that point. That’s my one memory of smoking with Big. For me, it was a New York privilege.”

Watch the full interview above.

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