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The Port Arthur, Texas rapper Bun B released his debut solo album, "Trill", in 2005 due to the fact that his band mate, Pimp C, was incarcerated, and therefore couldn't work with him to make another UGK album at the time. Together, they have been in the rap game since the late eighties, and were part of the movement to get the southern sound out to the masses.
1. "The Inauguration" (Intro)
To get things underway you have him dropping a track, which after he has told us about his role as the president of the H-Town Rap scene, finds him showing exactly why he deserved to take up this position (despite not actually being from here) as he is one of few to make the H-Town sound go to all the far reaches of the globe.
3. "Get Throwed"
On this one you have the single collaboration of Bun with his partner in crime, Pimp C as he, amongst many others from all around get a chance to work with one of the best southern lyricists out there. You find him rhyming with the Pimp and Z-RO, but you also find them with Young Jeezy and even Jay-Z to gives things a big boost as we still go through the early stages of the album.
4. "Draped Up"
Although nothing like the remix, this is a pretty big one from him and it has him working with Lil' Keke showing just how people do things around these parts as he talks about just how people form this region get down and how you show you are shining. This album dropped at the time when Houston rap broke through to the mainstream and so all of this was fresh as it came from the two.
5. "I'm Fresh"
It seemed that the only person who was a relevant choice of a producer for a tune with such a title was the man who is behind this as you have him with Mannie Fresh, and showing how he is able to get over the Bounce work, and make it harder to fit in with the darker scene in H-Town. It is hardcore, and really stands out for the in-you-face approach of the tune in general.
6. "Trill Recognize Trill"
This was the irst collaboration of talent between Big Bun and Ludacris, and I felt that this was a powerful tune for what it des with this two doing their thing in a way where you can't help but get down to the O.G. sound. You have grungy beats driving what they do here, and it really takes things right to the Dirty South in the way you like and expect.
I saw this one as one of the best joints which you get on the whole of the album. It really takes you by surprise and shows the artist at his best. I believe that the initial shock which you get is the emotive hook, taken from The Impressions "Keep On Pushing", and from here you have him taking things in a different way as he shows you how to grind and advance in the kind of conditions which he grew up on.
8. "I'm Ballin'"
At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of this one as this one has Bun on some beats from Jazzy Pha, and really I wasn't too sure what Phizzle had to offer on an album from Bun as at the time (2005) he had seemed to gone towards the Pop world as he made beats for Ciara, Nelly and Sammie, but it turns out that this was a pretty good one as Bun B explains why he is able to live the way he does now.
9. "What I Represent"
On this one he chooses to do another big one where he works with Mannie Fresh again, and together they do one which acts as a joint done in dedication to UGK (the Underground Kingz) as Bun B flies solo, and shows what the duo have done for the game, and gives examples of why people should look up to them, and give thanks for paving the way for those working this way today.
10. "The Story"
This is one of few on the album which finds the rapper doing things alone, and felt that it was a god point to do things here as he does a track which finds him tracing the steps which went into making the man that you find working now. It has him show off his storytelling skills when adapted to smooth flows, and it makes for a pretty good one.
11. "How U Down"
This is a smooth one from him where he is made to change his approach dramatically as he works with Trey Songz, who provides the R&B hook, as well as the then newcomer Mike Jones and Cash money's Birdman. I have to admit that I wasn't really that fond of the type of material which comes through here as it doesn't suit what else this album presents from Bun, but the others make it a decent one.
12. "I'm A 'G'"
I saw this one as one of the stand-out singles form the album, and it has the man at the top of his game as he gets down to the type of thing which most like him most for as he does one where he raps about his Gangsta lifestyle, and in order to back this up you have some of the best New South artists in T.I., who gets an opportunity to rap with an artist who he grew up on.
13. "Git It"
Knowing that Mr. Collipark was on the beats, I knew that we in for a change here, and it wasn't something you would expect from Big Bun at all as he does one for the clubs as he does a Crunk cut with the Ying Yang Twins to show that he can do things just like all the younger artists on the scene. It didn't seem right at first, but it turned out to be amongst the best you find here.
14. "Who Needs A 'B'"
This one is for all of those into the early days of West Coast rap as Bun b shows who his early influences were by sampling classic work from Too $hort, and rapping on beats which take you back to this time when all West Coast Hip Hop and Southern rap was done. As I'm right into this retro work, this one really appealed to me.
15. "Retaliation Is A Must"
I can't say that this one was really a strong one from him, and I felt that the standards went down fairly significantly as this one got into effect with him doing a more underground thing as he does a little more Gangsta Rap to appeal to the streets, but with weaker beats it just falls short of being where you would like it to be.
This album is a good debut for Bun B as a soloist, and I felt that it was able to bring all of his strength out through this single record. There is a fair bit of variation through the various subjects which he goes into, and it means that as a result you are able to get excited at most turns.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Inauguration - Bun B,
2 Bun - Bun B,
3 Get Throwed - Bun B, , Jay-Z, , Pimp C, Young Jeezy, Z-Ro
4 Draped Up - Bun B, , Juvenile
5 I'm Fresh - Bun B, , Mannie Fresh
6 Trill Recognize Trill - Bun B, , Ludacris
7 Pushin' - Bun B, , Scarface, Young Jeezy
8 I'm Ballin' - Bun B, , , Jazze Pha
9 What I Represent (Ugk) - Bun B,
10 Story - Bun B,
11 Hold U Down - Baby, Bun B, , , Trey Songz
12 I'm a "G" - Bun B, , T.I.
13 Git It - Bun B, , Ying Yang Twins
14 Who Need a "B" - Bun B, , Juvenile,
15 Retaliation Is a Must - Bun B, , , Mddl Fngz
16 Draped Up [H-Town Mix] - Bun B, ,
17 Late Night Creepin [*] - Travis Barker, Bun B, , Scarface