Bun B - II Trill

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here's no new ground broken on II Trill, but got dammit, the album sounds great and proves that Bun is more than capable of going for self--even though we wish he didn't have to.

Very few emcees these days transcend generations. In our microwavable, here today, gone tomorrow culture, ten years can seem like ten eons in the music business. After more than 15 years in the game, Bun B [click to read] has not only stood the test of time when many of his other peers have fallen into obscurity, he's thriving. When his partner in rhyme, the late Pimp C went to prison for violating parole, Bun got on his grind, kept the UGK name alive and reintroduced himself to a generation of fans who identify more with YouTube than The Box. His first solo album, 2005's Trill proved that he could hold it down without his brethren on an album that featured a who's who of Southern Hip Hop.

When Pimp was released from prison, UGK was back at it, dropping a self titled double CD that made waves with the Outkast assisted "International Players Anthem" (arguably one of the best collaborations in the new millennium). After paying dues, Bun B and Pimp C were in position to get the recognition long time fans always knew the Port Arthur, Texas duo deserved.

Until tragedy struck.

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room. The passing of Pimp C took an unprecedented toll on Bun, but as the clich