FFFF Live Review: Bun B
Auditorium Shores, Nov. 2
Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Fri., Nov. 2, 2012
Bun BAuditorium Shores, Nov. 2
"I came to rep UGK for life, so if you got love for the Pimp, let me hear you make some noise, ATX!" With that tribute to his fallen UnderGround Kingz producer and rhyme partner, Bun B launched into a 45-minute set of throwed Southern rap by taking the tats and taco crowd to "Chuuch!!!" Hoodied up in fatigues, the King of Trill leaned on UGK classics ("Pocket Full of Stones," "Murder," "I Choose You"), and highlights from his solo trilogy (or Trill O.G., if you will). One of the most prolific collaborators in the game, Bun proved his guest verse virtuosity on songs by Young Jeezy ("Trap or Die"), Three 6 Mafia ("Sippin' on Some Syrup"), Big KRIT ("Country Shit"), and Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"). This wasn't a typical Bun B crowd, but they proved plenty trill when the beat dropped out of "Big Pimpin'" and met Pimp C's "Uhhhhh" with a raucous, "What y'all know about them Texas boys!" Anchored by a single hype man and a DJ more concerned with texting than turntablism, Bun came with no glitz, glamour, or gimmicks. He's only got one pitch, but the big Southern rap impresario throws nothing but strikes.