"I think it was just getting back to unity. You think of Soul Food and you think of Grandma’s kitchen and family being together. Usually when soul food is being cooked it’s not just something that somebody makes for themselves or for two or three people, it’s a familiar setting. Soul food is gut food, it’s food that sticks to you. And there’s so many parallels to be drawn from the different foods that you cook, the way it’s prepared, that whole sense of family, unity and community. If the people down the street needed some you gave them some too. And bringing that to a musical aspect shows a different [type] of unity. Because at the time Soul Food was a product of the south realizing that maybe everybody wasn’t crazy about the south being in hip hop music. After the incident with Outkast [getting booed after accepting Best New Artist] at the source awards. It was just a matter of “you know what we’ve got to be sure that we’re in this together and we’re united for the right reasons before we choose to point the finger.” Let’s make sure that we’re sitting down and enjoying some old soul food at the table."
— Bun B