Bun B – “Return of the Trill” review

Bun B is a legendary MC from Port Arthur, Texas who came up as 1/2 of the iconic duo UGK. He released his solo debut Trill in 2005 & then became a permanent solo act in late 2007 when his UGK cohort Pimp C passed away. He went on to release 3 more albums, with the last one being Trill O.G.: The Epilogue in 2013. However, Bun is now making his official comeback with his 5th full-length album.

The album begins with “Trill Over Everything”, where he & Killa Kyleon brag about their longevity over a trap beat with some interesting organ passages. The next song “Recognize” with T.I. sees the 2 continuing the message of the opener over an abrasive beat while the track “Knowhatimsayin’?” with Slim Thug & Lil’ Keke is an ode to Houston over a gritty beat. The song “Outta Season” with Big K.R.I.T. is about practicing what you’re preaching over a laidback instrumental while the track “Traphandz” with Yo Gotti & 2 Chainz is an ode to trappin’ over an instrumental with a blaring horn & rattling hi-hats. The song “Blood on the Dash” vividly tells a story about being pulled over by a cop over a prominent organ while the track “Myself” with Run the Jewels is all about righting your wrongs over a futuristic instrumental.

The song “Rudeboi” with Lil Wayne is of course reggae-tinged & it just comes off as VERY awkward. Especially when both Bun & Weezy are rapping in fake patois. The track “Hoes from da Hood” is self-explanatory with a bass-heavy instrumental while the song “Slow It Down” is a weed anthem with a jazzy Big K.R.I.T. instrumental. The track “Never Going Back” with Giggs is about leaving their rough pasts behind & being blessed today over some prominent drums the song “U’s a Bitch” talks about snitches over a jazzy beat. The penultimate track “Grow Up” with 8Ball & MJG is about maturing over an instrumental with rubbery bass & somber piano chords. The album then finishes with “Gone Away”, which is a tribute to Pimp C over a settle instrumental with a prominently twangy guitar. However, I wish Bun had another verse.

I was wondering if Bun B would ever drop an album again & from front to back, this was a strong return. It’s mostly well produced, Bun sounds impeccably focused & his pen game is just as strong as it’s ever been. If you wanna hear a dirty south legend sounding like he never left, give this a listen

Score: 4/5

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