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Monday, December 12, 2005 

Bun B Trill Review

I've been sitting on this review for a minute. But here's my 2 cents (since everyone's been writing and asking me to review Bun's solo joint)...
By the way , if you've been cajoled into viewing Trill as a southern classic, stop reading right now!

The sudden explosion of southern rappers in 2005 has helped buoy the reputation (and of course sales) of Houston artists. The formula is simple: flash your grill and you're certified platinum. Or if you're a little more daring, repeat yourself as often as possible and you've got yourself a multi-million dollar contract. So what does Bun B who's got nothing but a UGK legacy to die for have to offer to the southern rap scene?

That's a question the introductory " Inauguration" attempts to answer as Bun declares himself president of the south: "From this moment I run the south and everything down here" over marching keys and anthemic drum rolls. But as president, Bun does nothing to address his most thriving problems; he allows a plethora of guest artists to relegate him to a sidekick on the Jay-Z and Jeezy-blessed posse cut "Get Throwed"; Mannie Fresh, Trey Songz and Mike Jones - featured "Hold You Down", and eleven other songs.

As the album progresses, overwhelming odes to flossin' and guilty pleasures make way for introspection and occasional storytelling. Young Jeezy reappears alongside Scarface on "Pushin" as all three trade rhymes about clandestine street activities. (You'd think Jeezy's paid more just for his adlibs: yeeeaahh). On "The Story", which is a soulful 'audiobiography' of UGK, Bun recounts the up's and down's of his crew complete with shady managers, cold shoulders from Jive Records, and the commercial success of "Big Pimpin". The unnerving organ arrangement and revving 808 on "Trill Recognize Trill" sprinkled with amusing one-liners courtesy of Ludacris help restore faith, if only for a short while.

Forgettable songs like "I'm Fresh" produced by [surprise,surprise, Mannie Fresh] and "I'm Ballin" both reveal sonic similarities and lack of content. Things plunge downwards sonically, as the Ying Yang Twins-featured "Git It" is an embarrassing rehash of "The Whisper Song".
While it's definitely going to take more than "Free Pimp C" gears to actually let the incarcerated Pimp loose, Bun B's attempt to rewrite the UGK recipe may require his potna's physical presence to do it convincingly. You know what I'm talmn'bout?


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