Bun B’s latest hit: A coloring book


by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News


Posted on October 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 10:42 AM

HOUSTON -- He is a legendary Texas rapper turned adjunct professor at Rice University -- and now author.

Bun B’s latest production is a "Rap Coloring and Activity Book."

“It’s nostalgic,” says the rapper who will release the Epilogue album in November.

His co-author is Shea Serrano, an HISD science teacher and freelance music writer.  He’s thrilled to have sketched every illustration.

Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book has been so popular the publisher has already talked about a second edition.

“I’m a little bit biased,” jokes Bun B. “I think my picture is the best.”

Serrano plotted every page featuring both new and old school hip-hop artists -- a subject that was anything but new to him.

“All the people that are in the book are dudes that I listen to,” says Serrano. “These very famous guys and they see their pictures, and they like it or they tweet about it and they say cool things. It’s neat.”

Drake’s a big draw for younger fans of the genre, but not every page may be suitable for young children. Much like the music there’s some material that could be perceived provocative.

“We don’t want a child sitting around trying to figure out hip hop by itself,” says Bun B. “We want a person who knows hip-hop take the book and be very discretionary and share it with a child.”

On the web: http://www.amazon.com/Bun-Rapper-Coloring-Activity-Book/dp/1419710419