Bun B’s Breakfast Performance at Free Press
Rapper Bun B courses through the contemporary Japanese restaurant Uchi like a regular, exchanging fist bumps with the guys behind the sushi bar who a moment earlier were wielding knives.
“I’ve been open to eating more stuff lately,” he says. “I ate something here recently that was still alive. I tapped it, and it moved. I put a picture on Instagram. People said, ‘Don’t eat it!’ But I did.”
The Port Arthur native, born Bernard Freeman, has had even more interaction with Uchi lately because on Saturday he’ll participate in a performance-art piece that precedes the Free Press Summer Festival. Freeman will create original lyrics to go with a new musical score by noted producer Dan “the Automator” Nakamura. Their music will be part of a collaborative presentation that includes a breakfast created by chef Philip Speer of Uchi and “Hell’s Kitchen” winning chef Ja’Nel Witt.
“This year’s collaboration is more ambitious,” Freeman, 41, says. “It’s more about art and culture and not letting them get stale. It’s about not redoing something, but instead, reinventing concepts.”