Bun B, Kinki Notti, Molemen | House of Blues | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Bun B, Kinki Notti, Molemen Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Sept. 11, 9 p.m. 2008

Only a handful of rap duos—Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD—have ever been as strong as UGK. The Underground Kingz, formed in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1987, more than earned the swagger in their name—before Jay-Z brought them to the attention of the mainstream by putting them on “Big Pimpin’,” they’d been helping define the druggy roll of southern hip-hop for four albums. Part of what made them great was the way the bond between Bun B and Pimp C came through in their music. Bun was the gruff, occasionally taciturn foil to Pimp’s flashier, more lighthearted hedonist, and though the two split mike time pretty evenly, outside the studio Bun seemed happy to let his friend have the spotlight—when Pimp was locked up, Bun used his cameos to give him shout-outs. The recent II Trill (Rap-a-Lot) is Bun’s first album since Pimp’s death last year, and even though he’s done solo stuff before—he’s more than capable of holding it down on his own—it’s impossible now not to hear him as half of what used to be UGK. I keep expecting Pimp C to grab the next verse; I can only imagine how Bun feels. —Miles Raymer


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