Houston rapper Bun B is known for making hits, performing at sold-out festivals and promoting his entrepreneurial endeavors. Recently, the H-town legend is making waves both online and in his hometown with his newest brainchild, Trill Burgers. However, when he’s not hosting celebrity friends like Drake and DJ Khaled, Bun B is taking trips and exploring the world.

During the inaugural Honeyland Festival, Travel Noire spoke with Bun B about his Houston must-haves, celebrating the culture, and favorite travel destinations.

Travel Noire: What dish or restaurant (that’s not Trill Burgers) is your go-to in Houston?

Bun B: In Houston, I definitely want to go to Killen’s BBQ to get the brisket. I would [also] go to Gatlin’s for the ribs and Blood Brothers BBQ on their Asian day where everything has an Asian-style presentation. Oh, and they have the peanut butter sticky ribs.

TN: Coming off the heels of Honeyland Festival, what was the vibe like for you during this celebration of culture?

BB: Honeyland is not just an amazing festival, but it speaks to something much deeper. It speaks directly to the African diaspora. This is the perfect presentation of art, music, beverage, and culture combined in one from an Afrocentric aesthetic. I love the fact that Black people can come into a space where they know they’re welcome. Where they can come knowing that they’ll be comfortable and there will be like-minded people there. It’s not just Black people here, but everyone that came here has a sensitivity to and respect for Black culture.

I’m so glad that so many of us made the effort to come out and commune with each other.

TN: Let’s talk travel. What’s your perfect type of getaway? And who’s going with you?

BB: If it’s me and the wife, it’s probably going to be a beach; typically, Cabo or Belize because they’re easy to access from Houston. Travel and lodging [in these destinations] is very easy to secure.

If it’s me, I’m going to London or Tokyo. Those are my two places. I really enjoy London for the culture and Tokyo for the shopping. Not saying that Tokyo doesn’t have culture and London doesn’t have shopping. It’s just that one of them has a better presentation than the other on both aspects. Those are my two go-to travel cities, for sure.

TN: What advice do you have for Black men who want to see the world but don’t have a crew to do it with?

BB: The first thing I would recommend is to have a nice, long, comfortable dinner by yourself. If you can’t enjoy two hours alone by yourself at dinner, you’re not going to be able to deal with three or four days by yourself. Travel does not mean you have to go where everybody else is going. You’ve got to break out of your comfort zone.

I’ve been to many countries where I don’t speak the language, I don’t know where I’m going, or what I’m doing. You’ve got to throw caution to the wind. Now, there are different things happening in different countries that may not lend itself to being of comfort to a Black man, so you definitely want to do your research. 

If there’s somewhere you want to go and something you want to see in this world and it’s not an active war zone and they don’t have anti-Black protests happening in the city, I would say go out there and see the world. There’s nowhere you’re going to go that a Black man isn’t there.

This article has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.