Review : Bun B - Trill O.G.
XxlmagBun B understands that you have to give respect to get respect. As one-half of the legendary UGK, the Port Arthur, Texan unselfishly represents for the now-deceased Pimp C at every turn. Maybe that’s why he is so beloved by his peers. Now he gets plenty of assistance as he returns to round out his solo trilogy (2005’s Trill, 2008’s II Trill) with the cleverly titled Trill O.G.
Bun demands his props early. On the Drumma Boy–produced “Just Like That,” the star MC and his guest Jeezy prove their worth, with Bun putting his stripes on full display, barking, “I paid the cost to be the boss, I can show you the receipt for it/Trillest in the game, every nigga in the streets know it.” The high-powered collaborations don’t stop there. “Right Now,” which features unreleased verses from Pimp C and 2Pac, sounds hauntingly authentic, as Bun nestles his bars perfectly between the two posthumous performances, all accentuated by beatmaker Steve Below’s breezy horns. The Trillionaire then offers a contrasting sound and captures a New York edge when he hooks up with DJ Premier for “Let Em Know.” Still, the album remains distinctly Southern. Want proof? Check songs like the Yo Gotti– and Gucci Mane–assisted trunk rattler “Countin’ Money” and “Ridin’ Slow,” featuring Slim Thug....full text
AllmusicBack with the 808 boom, the stone-cold rhymes, and that sturdy, warrior soul, Bun B is officially crowned consistent with his third solo effort, the satisfying Trill O.G. Anyone familiar with his first two efforts will find the same mix of radio-friendly singles (check the radiant T-Pain feature “Trillionaire” or the ultra-smooth Drake team-up “Put It Down”), and the kind of Houston-styled street music made popular by the rapper’s original crew, UGK (check the opening “Chuuch!” for that classic church organ swang). As far as surprises, there are few, but DJ Premier’s scratching and production on “Let ‘Em Know” gives Bun a new, funky flavor to bounce off and when “Right Now” utilizes a verse each from the late Pimp C and 2Pac, the results aren’t tacky, but are instead shockingly good. Speaking of the Pimp, Bun’s old partner still haunts the man and gets much love on the opening and closing cuts here, but there’s a new union struck with rapper Drake as the Drizzy one gets two guest shots and a shout-out from J. Prince on a third cut. While it borders on distracting for the listener, boss Bun isn’t fazed in the least, and rightfully drops “When it comes to trill, I’m the litmus test,” just so everyone is on the same page....full text
BostonBun B’s final disc in the “Trill’’ trilogy finds the Houston MC in his usual authoritative voice as he surrounds himself with an array of A-list collaborators. It’s almost as if he’s trying to find the proper complement after the death of his longtime partner in rhyme in UGK, Pimp C, three years ago. The most noise will be made over “Right Now,’’ which features both an unreleased verse from Pimp as well as Tupac (please, let him rest). Unfortunately, despite a solid hook sung by Trey Songz, the track sounds like the patchwork it is. The best moments come when the MC delivers his street cred with both menace and wit. “I Get Down 4 Mine’’ keeps you looking over your shoulder as you listen, and “Just Like That’’ — with Young Jeezy’s growling drawl — features a sweeping, insistent production from Christopher “Drumma Boy’’ Gholson to give it crossover appeal. Bun works with DJ Premier on “Let ’Em Know’’ and it’s a compelling Houston-meets-New York hybrid on which Premier’s patented turntable wizardry adds a new flavor to Bun’s stew. Two tracks with Drake don’t quite succeed, as Bun seems to be adapting more toward the young superstar’s style than actually collaborating with him. (Out tomorrow) KEN CAPOBIANCO...full text
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