Few rappers garner the overwhelming level of respect and love from the hip-hop faithful that Bun B commands. Backed by a live band and DJ, the UGK legend performed for scores of loyal fans packed into Houston’s House of Blues last night (August 4) one day after the release of his new album, Trill O.G.
“We’ve had a lot of famous people on this stage but this right here is my house,” Bun said before beginning his set with “The Best Is Back,” an iTunes bonus track from his latest LP. The Port Arthur, Texas, native then offered up his verse from “Pourin Up” from Pimp C’s Pimpalation and subsequently launched into “Pushin’” from his first solo effort, Trill.
Most of the women in attendance let out a cacophonous shrill and began gyrating to the delight of the crowd when the veteran rapper served up one of UGK’s most misogynistic hits, “Let Me See It.” From that point on, the multitude recited every word on songs like “Everything,” “Get Throwed,” and “Draped Up.”
Bun then took the throng down memory lane with “Big Pimpin’,” “Sippin’ On Some Syrup,” “Front, Back, Side to Side,” and “Diamonds and Wood.”
He then took a break in the action to say a few words about his late partner in rhyme, Pimp C.“I feel like Pimp is in the room right now, we gon’ do this for Pimp C,” Bun said. As a dedication, the lyricist with close to two decades in the game performed “One Day,” from the duo’s most celebrated album, Ridin’ Dirty.
No Bun B performance is complete without the MC spitting his and Pimp’s verses from the runaway hit, “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)” and the audience clung to every syllable. Before ending his set, Bun B thanked the fans for their support of UGK and served up “Countin’ Money All Day” and “Put It Down” from his third solo effort.
Trill O.G. is in stores now. —Maurice Bobb
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