Published on April 8th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin0
In Trill We Trust…
Why Bun B is one of the most respected characters in hip-hop…
Port Arthur-born Bun B has been keeping the rap game trill for longer than some of these young whippersnappers have been rapping. With over 25 years in the game, Bun B has survived the different trends and designs of the rap game with gusto. He laid his first verse down at the age of 17 before carving his lane as the undeniable king of the underground.
After partnering with fellow Port Arthur rapper, Pimp C, the duo went on to create the most influential music coming out of the south. Beyond the fact that he’s one of the most respected characters in hip-hop, Bun B has maintained the legacy of now late Pimp C with eloquence and creative discipline.
Hip-hop is all about showing respect and preserving the culture. In the case of Bun B, there’s not one MC who has survived the stickiest moments in rap history and emerged not only unscathed but at the top of his game. His reputation is intact and his talent hasn’t lost a step…not even a little bit. Here are five reasons why Bun B is the most respected character in hip-hop (and we’re gonna do this without mentioning that one rap song collab with that guy from Brooklyn, k?). If you don’t know, now you know.
5) Bun B’s Rap Coloring Book
Real rappers know how to color inside the lines, yo. Let’s not deny the fundamental therapeutic benefits to creating a visual masterpiece with the colors of the rainbow. Check for the 48 pages of interactive hip-hop brilliance and thank Bun B and Shea Serrano for the street cred.
Whether the back-pack rap constituency will admit it or not, Drake is hands down one of the illest MC’s on the microphone and gracing stages these days. His raps are descriptive and melodic. From the moment the Toronto native emerged onto the scene he proclaimed his love and loyalty for the Texas scene. Were it not for Bun B, Drake wouldn’t have a clue how to employ his formulaic dry wit and hidden smarts.
3) Trill OG
You’d be hard-pressed to find rappers who care about the importance of having an entirely full album these days. Everything is so microwave, download this link and voila, mediocre spaghetti rap for dinner. Bun B, though released such a complete project with 2010’s Trill OG that The Source Magazine gave it a most coveted 5 mic rating. Bun B continues proving again and again the tenacity of his rhymes.
2) Rice University
Not only is Bun B the 808/handclap combination rapping aficionado, the Texas Titan is a scholar and anthropologist in the history of hip-hop. He parlayed his knowledge and slang-laden oratory into a lecturer’s position at Rice University a few years ago. Speaking on hip-hop and religion in the School of Humanities, Bun proves he’s got the brilliance to carry the philosophy of hip-hop on his back.
1) The Legacy of Pimp C
Unlike Puffy’s immortalizing of Biggie after the heavyweight’s death, Bun B has continued humanizing Pimp C. The track “You’re Everything” was a touching tribute to his partner in rhyme. Every time Bun collaborates with new artists like Wale, Rick Ross and others, he is sure to pay homage to his fallen partner. The preservation of Pimp C’s imprint on hip-hop music is as important as the legacies of those who walk among us. Through his verses and eloquent conversations over intricate production, Bun B helps keep Pimp C’s spirit here and thriving with us.