Rapper Bun B Reveals Why JAY-Z Kicked Him Off the Set of Beyoncé’s ‘Check On It’ Video
Anyone remember Beyoncé and Slim Thug’s “Check On It?”
The song came out in December of 2005 and became an instant hit, receiving massive radio play and rising all the way up to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track was bolstered by a music video featuring new vocals from rapper Bun B, where Beyoncé dances for over three minutes with the fiery passion that has become her signature.
Reflecting on the video shoot in a new interview, Bun B admitted that there was actually a situation that led to him being kicked off by Beyoncé’s then-boyfriend, JAY-Z.
Why JAY-Z allegedly kicked Bun B off the ‘Check On It’ video set
In a recent episode of The Nostalgia Mixtape podcast, Bun B implied that JAY-Z might not have been comfortable with other men around the singer, especially because of what she was wearing.
In the video, Beyoncé sports several flirty numbers, including a hot pink leotard; a body-hugging crop top with a matching mini skirt; and a pink suit with a plunging neckline. The video followed an all-pink theme in promotion of Beyoncé’s 2006 movie The Pink Panther.
Bun B’s comments about being kicked off the set of the ‘Check On It’ video
Detailing the experience, Bun B began: “We’re on the set and we’re filming the video, and if you look at the video, there’s a lot of kind of skimpy outfits. Queenie [Bun B’s wife] is there also, so it’s not like I’m there salivating over another woman. But we’re like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy. Beyoncé’s dancing in this short skirt and she’s dancing in like a bikini,’ type of thing, you know.”
“I think this is the scene with the chair, so it’s like her and several other girls and they all have these short skirts on and they’re all dancing seductively on the chair,” he went on. “They’ve got a leg up on the chair so you can kind of see some thigh and maybe a little bit of butt if you’re staring hard enough.”
“And JAY-Z calls and talks to one of her assistants,” Bun B continued. “If I had to guess it would’ve been her cousin Angie [Beyince] that he would’ve talked to because Angie has always been a right hand to Beyoncé. He’s like, ‘Yeah how’s the video going, what’s going good, are the guys there?’ All the guys that are with us are the only men there. Well, let me say this: there were other men there, but they weren’t straight.”
After learning that other guys were there, according to Bun B, JAY-Z grew uncomfortable and allegedly asked Beyoncé’s team to have them leave the room.
“So they immediately come over to us and they kick all of us out to our dressing rooms and we’re told to stay there until we have to shoot. We’re not allowed to watch Beyoncé dance anymore,” he added.
Apparently, Beyoncé later apologized
After some time, Beyoncé came over and apologized for JAY-Z’s alleged actions, according to Bun B, who first worked with the rapper on 2000’s “Big Pimpin.'”
“‘I’m so sorry you guys had to leave the room but Jay’s not comfortable,’” he remembered her saying. “And we’re all like, ‘We understand fully, that’s no problem, we’re happy to be here.’”
Beyoncé went on to marry JAY-Z in a secret ceremony in 2008 after six years of dating. Together, they are parents to three children: daughter Blue Ivy, 8, and twins Sir and Rumi, 3.