Friday, October 17, 2008

Bun B - II Trill

The surviving half of notorious southern gangsta rap outfit UGK drops the second out of three in his Trill-ogy. (Trill being a cross between ‘true’ and ‘real’ is Bun’s major contribution to the hip hop vernacular. And also, incidentally, the highest praise that can be bestowed upon a G, hustla, or a motherfuckin' pimp.)

With production duties going to Jazze Pha, Clinton Sparks, J.R. and Chops, among others, this album features almost as many guest spots as tracks.. Personal Highlights include Damn I'm Cold with the near ubiquitous always effervescent Lil' Weazy and Swang on 'Em featuring Lupe Fiasco spitting the hottest 16 bars of the album in this critics opinion. You’re Everything I need features somewhat of an ensemble cast of dirty south rappers. Rick Ross, MJG, 8-Ball and David Banner all drop verses with over a an aching soul drenched refrain. with a posthumous verse from his former partner in crime Pimp C, over a superhero-esque horn sample, Underground Thang is homage to the Houston duos legacy. And although Pop It for Pimp features Juvenile dropping pretty much the same verse he always does it slaps pretty hard nonetheless.

Although some of the tracks don’t work as well as one would hope- If it Was Up to Me featuring Junior Reid for instance, was somewhat disappointing to me- the album overall is pretty solid. If you’re a Bun fan like me, this is worth picking up.

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