A few weeks back, on the same weekend when Dallas-based super-producers Play-N-Skillz were hosting auditions for their in-development MTV reality show, the Brothers Salinas also welcomed a Texas hip-hop legend and long-time collaborator to town.
Turns out Juan and Oscar Salinas, who produced the latest single, "Ridin' Slow," off Bun B's August-released Trill OG album, had convinced the Houston-based, surviving UGK member to shoot the video for the single right here in Dallas -- and not just because of their production credits but because, for the first time in the production duo's career, the hook sung in the demo rendition by Skillz wasn't re-hashed by another R&B singer (see: T-Pain's hook in Lil Wayne's "Got Money"), but actually just used as was.
And Bun B wasn't the only rapper to come to town for the video shoot. The just-released video also features cameos from Lil Jon, who was in town for a gig, and other rappers -- including many familiar Dallas hip-hop faces. Give the video, much of which was shot at Play-N-Skillz's new Deep Ellum-based production offices, a watch after the jump.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.