Together with partner Pimp C
, Bun B formed UGK
in the late '80s when their former crew, Four Black Ministers, fell apart. Based in Port Arthur, Texas, UGK
signed with Jive
, and with 1992's Too Hard to Swallow began a series of Southern gangsta rap albums that were successful sellers. Bun B formed the side project Mddl Fngz
in 2000, but his main concern was still UGK
. Things came to halt in 2003 when Pimp C
was sentenced to eight years in prison on an aggravated gun assault charge. Bun B carried on solo, making numerous appearances on other artists' tracks and then in 2005 releasing both the mixtape Legends and his debut album, the Rap-a-Lot
release Trill, a Top Ten hit that was later certified gold. With Pimp C
seeing early release in late 2005, Bun B returned to UGK
. In 2007, the pair released their chart-topping Underground Kingz, which included the hit single "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" with OutKast
. Tragedy struck in early 2008 when Pimp C
died suddenly, leaving Bun B to return to a solo career.
His second solo album, II Trill, arrived months after Pimp C
's passing. It became his highest-charting effort to date, rising to number two on the Billboard 200 and topping the R&B/rap/independent charts. His follow-up, 2010's Trill O.G., fared almost as well, peaking at number four. A fourth installment of the Trill series, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, arrived in 2013 and featured guests Big K.R.I.T.
, Rick Ross
, 2 Chainz
, and more, as well as Pimp C
on a pair of posthumous tracks, "Cake" and "Don't Play with Me." After a five-year silence, Bun B released Return of the Trill. Featuring production assistance by Big K.R.I.T.
(whose Run the Jewels
appeared on "Myself"), Return also included appearances by T.I.
, Slim Thug
, Yo Gotti
, Lil Wayne
, Leon Bridges
, Gary Clark, Jr.
, and more. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi