Bun B, along with Scarface and Trick Daddy, is part of an honoured trifecta of true Southern OGs, and The Source recently blessed the former UGK member's third solo album with a coveted five-mic review. Trill O.G. definitely has its moments: the T-Pain-featuring Trillionaire finds Bun revelling in his hard-earned baller lifestyle over a luxurious J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League beat. On the staid Let 'Em Know, DJ Premier's violins surge ominously beneath the rapper's hater-baiting flows.
And while Bun B's weathered voice and lyrical detail add weight to his words, there are a lot of predictable OG conventions on this overlong album. All A Dream is your standard-issue "I used to fantasize about this life when I had nothing" anthem, obligatory generic R&B hook and all. Other graphic themes include his sexual prowess, how long he's been a bona fide gangsta and, on Countin' Money, the singular pleasure of countin' money.
Top track: Let 'Em Know