The Trill OG aka Bun B Celebrates His Birthday At SXSW With A Grip Of Friends THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Bun B and Friends @ Ironwood Hall | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Bun B: My penultimate day of SXSW was stacked with many incredible and talented artists, but none I think can compare to one of rap’s legends, the Trill OG himself, Bun B. Together with Pimp C, who passed away in 2007, they made up one of the most recognizable hip-hop duos of all time called UGK (Underground Kingz).
While they may not have too many mainstream hits, those in the rap community know how impactful UGK was to the genre. After Pimp C’s death, Bun B continued on a solo career releasing several albums and performing on tour. Luckily for me I was able to catch Bun B after an already jam-packed day on day 6 of SXSW. I couldn’t pass up the chance of seeing him live in person, especially in his home state. It just so happened to be that this particular concert was a “Bun B birthday bash” so in addition to Bun B, there was a lengthy lineup of mainly Houston rappers opening up for him.
What I Thought Of Bun B’s Performance: I arrived at Ironwood Hall quite late in the evening yet happened to catch a bunch of acts that proved to be fun and entertaining before the main event hit the stage. A few of the highlights included a performance by underground Houston rapper Lil’ Flip, and a surprise appearance by Scotty ATL from you guessed it, Atlanta.
Lil’ Flip came out with his signature double stacked cups, which I’m sure were filled with just some apple juice. His energy livened up the crowd who seemed to be getting uneasy waiting for Bun B. Doing a short set that had the audience bouncing and engaged with songs like The Way We Ball and Game Over, I enjoyed his show. Scotty ATL then followed with some southern trap style that not surprisingly reminded me of Migos. His performance felt to be the most polished and complete out of all of the openers. He even invited a young lady to come up on stage and dance while he rapped a verse (see photos below).
Finally, at around 12:30am, Bun B and his family arrived. The crowd didn’t need any pump up music or motivation, because when they saw this hip-hop legend take the stage they went wild. He went straight into UGK classics, yet still mixed in a variety of his solo and newer songs. International Players Anthem of course received the biggest response and “rap-along”, but my personal favorite was Bun doing his verse from Jay Z’s Big Pimpin’.
Bun is a professional and has been doing this for many many years so he knew how to work the room and the audience, which I really appreciated. Throughout the set he referenced the late Pimp C and how he wants to carry out Pimp’s legacy. He mentioned how he thinks about him everyday and every night when on tour performing. As his final song came to an end, Bun B invited his entire family who were standing next to me, on stage, with his sons although looking nervous, performed a few verses. Overall, I thought Bun B’s Birthday Bash/showcase was a good deal of fun and excitement. It was an honor seeing one of the OG’s live in concert and am so glad I got to experience it.