Trae Compares Bars By Scarface & Bun B. His Ratings May Mess With 2 Texas Legends
Trae Tha Truth rates the bars of Scarface and Bun B in a specially-themed episode of Rate The Bars. The H-Town veteran compares excerpts from two O.G.’s widely considered to be ambassadors of Texas Rap to the rest of the world. In the ’80s and ’90s, Face and Bun Beata were trailblazers that created lanes for Trae to rise in the 2000s. Nonetheless, Trae is unafraid to be a bit critical of his past collaborators and symbolic big brothers.
Screwed Up Click alum and ABN member, emphasizes that beats as much as the hard grit of the bars are integral to his reasoning behind point choices. He feels at a disadvantage to be judging the bars off the page versus from an audio clip with the beat. He hands Brad Jordan a 3 for a guest verse on Rick Ross’ “Blessing In Disguise,” claiming that he relates to what is said, but suggesting that it takes a bit more to impress him.
Parsing out the lyrical intricacies between rappers, Trae admits reading the lyrics does not give them the same weight as if he heard them out loud. To that end, he doles out a 2 for Bun’s “Carter Outro IV” verse. Trae then goes on to award 2’s for both Bun B’s verse on Childish Gambino’s “RIP,” as well as Scarface’s lyrics on Beyoncé’s “I Been On (Remix).” Trae admits that the latter 2 comes from “giving people the benefit of the doubt.” The MC’s rating scale may be harsh in the eyes of some, who hold ‘Face and Bun sacred.
However, Trae does get a bit more generous. He gives his former Rap-A-Lot Records label-mate a 4 for “Guess Who’s Back,” a 3 for “Mac & Brad,” and a 3.5 for“Hand Of The Dead Body.” Trae tells the show’s producers that next time he wants to select the lyrics, claiming that the excerpts he was given do not sound good when read aloud. However, he gives Scarface’s iconic “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” bars a perfect 5. He recognizes the verse instantly.
He then hands Bun B a 4 for UGK’s “Diamonds And Wood,” as well as for “Murder.” Trae awards a 3 for “Money, H*es, And Power” and a 3.5 for the BDP homage “They Down With Us,” which appeared on Scarface’s The Last Of A Dying Breed LP. Trae says of some of the UGK selections that he would grade differently if he knew whether they were from before or after 1995. The Grand Hustle Records Vice President feels that the word choices should be considered.
In the total tally, Scarface edges out Bun B with a score of 20.5 to 18.5.
Last week, Trae Tha Truth released his “I’m On 3.0” music video. It features Royce 5’9, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Chamillionaire, E-40, Rick Ross, Curren$y, G-Eazy, Dave East, Mark Morrison, DRAM, and others.