Bun B & Run The Jewels Get Really Personal With Some Help From Big K.R.I.T. (Audio)
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Just when it seemed that Bun B put his “Trill” album series to bed back in 2010 with the Trill O.G., the UGK co-founder keeps churning out more volumes. Rap-A-Lot Records released an “Epilogue” installment five years back, and this past Friday (August 30), the Port Arthur, Texas O.G. followed with Return Of The Trill. However, the 30-year-veteran of releasing Rap music showed new depth in his solo set on the II Trill Enterprises/Double Dose Entertainment/EMPIRE release.
“Myself” is one of these standout moments. Featuring Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels and some direction from Big K.R.I.T., the song is personal. It sounds like a R.T.J. track with the Electronic splashes and the ad-libs. However, Krizzle rocks one of his best choruses. But, the moment is anchored by Bun. “When I was comin’ up all I had in the pot was some Ramen noodles and Spam / And I was like damn and this is some bullsh*t / I don’t want to live like this / I just want a chain that rains and nice wrists / Why the hell can’t I have me some nice sh*t? / But instead of complainin’ I started aimin’ higher / My passion matched my desire / Now I just spit out that fire and never get tired / You can put that on a choir / Yeah man, I got me suppliers and made some mistakes / But guess what? That sh*t don’t define me / That’s why you find me grindin’ from the ’90s until I’m in my nineties,” raps Bun, after shouting out his late partner, Pimp C. He urges all artists to enjoy their time on whatever it is that they define as a throne, without growing complacent. Bun’s booming verse is sandwiched between Mike and El. Bigga’s verse urges listeners to put themselves first, a lesson that it took the Dungeon Family member years to grasp. Meanwhile, Bun acknowledges that he has lived out his 16-year-old self’s Rap dreams. With punchy bars to wrap the song, El acknowledges his fallen comrades while admitting that he is far from over—and is, in fact, a 25-year-decorated Rap veteran. Krizzle’s chorus is as soulful as those found on his own albums. This vulnerable song shows how Bun B’s ability to rap his reality influenced others. Although the Trill series is steeped in legacy, the veteran Texas MC is breaking new ground with his sound.
In addition to Bun’s bars, the playlist features recent music from Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Miller, Buddy, Missy Elliott, Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes, Buddy, Childish Gambino, Drake, Nas, Jay Rock, Westside Gunn, Kanye West & Kid Cudi, Pusha-T, Black Thought & 9th Wonder, Dave East, Royce 5’9 (and his group PRhyme), Dr. Octagon, Phonte, J. Cole, Logic, Kendrick Lamar, Black Milk, Eminem, Lute, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Brent Faiyaz, Freddie Gibbs, CyHi The Prynce, Saba, Rapsody, Sylvan LaCue, Evidence, Big K.R.I.T., Nipsey Hussle, and a host of others.
#BonusBeat: A 2017 episode of LAST 7 examines Bun B bringing in Big K.R.I.T. to shape his new sound:
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