Album Review

Bun B, 'Trill O.G.

August 2, 2010

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Bun B’s final disc in the “Trill’’ trilogy finds the Houston MC in his usual authoritative voice as he surrounds himself with an array of A-list collaborators. It’s almost as if he’s trying to find the proper complement after the death of his longtime partner in rhyme in UGK, Pimp C, three years ago. The most noise will be made over “Right Now,’’ which features both an unreleased verse from Pimp as well as Tupac (please, let him rest). Unfortunately, despite a solid hook sung by Trey Songz, the track sounds like the patchwork it is. The best moments come when the MC delivers his street cred with both menace and wit. “I Get Down 4 Mine’’ keeps you looking over your shoulder as you listen, and “Just Like That’’ — with Young Jeezy’s growling drawl — features a sweeping, insistent production from Christopher “Drumma Boy’’ Gholson to give it crossover appeal. Bun works with DJ Premier on “Let ’Em Know’’ and it’s a compelling Houston-meets-New York hybrid on which Premier’s patented turntable wizardry adds a new flavor to Bun’s stew. Two tracks with Drake don’t quite succeed, as Bun seems to be adapting more toward the young superstar’s style than actually collaborating with him. (Out tomorrow) KEN CAPOBIANCO

ESSENTIAL “I Get Down 4 Mine’’