Every year the “brain trust” at MTV sits down and names the 10 Hottest MC’s in the game. Ludacris is a great artist but already MTV has screwed up this list. No disrespect to one of ATL’s finest but Bun B, Fabolous or Wiz Khalifa should be somewhere on the list, if not the 10 spot. First Bun B had Trill O.G. receive a “5 Mic” award from The Source Magazine which created a huge media buzz especially on the internet, and then you have Wiz Khalifa and Fabolous dropping two of the biggest mixtapes of the year (Kush & Orange Juice and There Is No Competition 2 respectively). To leave guys like this off the list, and if the rumors are true, put Waka Flaka Flame on the list, is insulting to what an MC is supposed to be. Check back as the list continues for more proof that MTV knows nothing about hip-hop, and possibly music in general.
Trill OG wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I’m looking for a classic cd from Bun B. At this point in his career it’s doe or die. True he will have his loyal followers but you have a whole lot of kids that don’t know about the legacy of UGK.
1. Down 4 Mine
2. What Up (feat. Bun B, Drake & Lil Wayne) Weezy added to final version.
3. Fly Lady
4. Love 2 Ball
5. Since The 90’s (feat. Gator Mane & E-40)
6. Dickies (feat. Bun B & Young Jeezy)
7. Midnight Hoes (feat. Rick Ross)
8. Made Fo (feat. Too Short)
9. Believe In Me (feat. Ivory P, Cory Mo, Heezi, BankRoll Jones, Bub & The UnderDogs)
10. Hit The Parking Lot (feat. Webbie & Lil’ Boosie)
12. Get Down (feat. Devin The Dude)
13. Go To War (feat. Bun B)
I’m a little surprised Bun B isn’t on more of these tracks. But I guess that the late Pimp C was trying to separate himself from just being “one half of U.G.K.” I’m really looking forward to hearing “Made Fo” with Too Short. I bet that one is just going to me dripping with Southern pimp flavor. Look for The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones on October 5th.
DJ Haze gives us a Trill O.G. leftover off his upcoming mixtape Still Countin Money. And praise the lord, “The Pope” is hot. I could have seen this on the album with maybe T.I. or Big Boi adding a verse or two.
“I get 5 mikes, you say The Source ain’t sh*t. If your favorite would’ve won, would you say the same sh*t?”
Talk about making a statement. Bun B takes to this years “A Milli” beat, to address his recent “5 Mic-ing.” He makes a good point, would people have gotten this worked up about it if The Source had given the award to Drake or Eminem? Probably not, I still stand by my original statement that while Trill O.G. is a great album, it isn’t a classic. For the record neither is Thank Me Later or Recovery.
For those of you who don’t know, if The Source (Yes, The Source is still around) gives an album a 5 Mic rating, that means they consider it “A Hip-Hop Classic.” The magazine recently gave Bun B’s Trill O.G. that honor and a lot of people are questioning it. Trill O.G. is a great album and I love Bun B, but I don’t think its a classic album. The last few albums to receive a 5 Mic rating were Lil Kim’s The Naked Truth, Scarface’s The Fix, Nas’s Stillmatic, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint and Outkast’s Aquemini. Other than Lil Kim’s album, because lets be honest, that wasn’t even her best work, Trill O.G. just can’t compare with those classics. Lyrically Bun B is at is best and the production is pretty good, but you can’t listen to this album without skipping over a few tracks (Countin’ Money All Day and Sext Me specifically.)
So why did The Source give the album such a high rating? Publicity? Am I wrong in my critique? I think it was partly publicity, and a way to make up for the magazines past oversights. Bun B is one of the games vets at 20 years strong. His work with the late Pimp C as U.G.K. helped give the South and identity and I feel that Underground Kingz should have gotten the recognition as a classic album. Giving Trill O.G. the 5 Mic was almost an apology to Bun B for not realizing how great of an MC he really is sooner. Plus it reminded everyone that The Source is still around, even if its not as relevant.
Is Bun B’s latest his greatest? Should everyone have a copy of it? Yes and Yes. Is it a classic? Not quite. My rating: 4.5/5