Legendary Houston hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Bun B took over the club area at TDECU Stadium for a special celebration featuring his award-winning Trill Burgers with a heaping side of Houston pride, on Sept. 8.
During the event, which was hosted by TDECU, a limited-edition NFT (Non-Fungible Token) created by Houston artist Franky Cardona was unveiled and digitally gifted to select TDECU Members. The artwork features a portrait of Bun B with various city landmarks presented in Cardona’s signature street art style. The pair appeared onstage for a moderated Q&A session for assembled guests, after which Cardona presented Bun B with the original art on canvas as a gift.
“This is my first NFT,” Cardona said. “It’s been an incredible honor to collaborate with Bun.”
Bun B’s Trill Burgers – named the best burger in America by “Good Morning America” – served hundreds of smashburgers at the event. The “Trill OG” also performed a handful of his landmark hits and talked up his new song “Red Alert,” recorded with UH alumnus Paul Wall for the 2022 Houston Cougars football team.
“I think these Coogs are going to have a blockbuster season,” he said. “There’s a lot of pride in this city and for this university. This is the perfect time and place for a song like this.”
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TDECU President and CEO Isaac Johnson took the stage to talk about the partnership extension between Houston’s largest credit union and the university. The deal ensures that the TDECU name will remain on the stadium through 2034 and also includes funding for initiatives such as financial literacy education, support for the UH food pantry and more programs benefiting UH students, alumni and the community.
“This has been a very exciting day for TDECU,” Johnson said. “We’re very grateful to all our members who have supported this relationship. It was a wonderful celebration with Bun B and the drop of our NFT and the beautiful artwork; we’re so excited. We look forward to continuing to grow these relationships that we have. Ultimately, it’s to benefit our students here and the future generations and teach them about financial literacy and their own financial journey.”