Trill OG

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Trill OG
Studio album by Bun B
Released August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03)
Recorded 2008–2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:23
Label Rap-a-Lot
Producer Steve Below, Play-N-Skillz, Boi-1da, DJ Premier, Drumma Boy, Big E, DJ B-Do & 40
Bun B chronology
II Trill
(2008)
Trill OG
(2010)
Trill OG: The Epilogue
(2013)
Singles from Trill OG
  1. "Countin' Money"
    Released: July 6, 2010
  2. "Trillionaire"
    Released: September 3, 2010
  3. "Just Like That"
    Released: October 17, 2010
  4. "Put It Down"
    Released: December 2010

Trill OG is the third solo studio album by UGK member Bun B, and is the third album in his Trill series. The album was released under Universal Music Group after Bun B left Warner Music Group's Asylum Records.[1] The album was released August 3, 2010 on Rap-a-Lot Records.[2] On August 4, 2010, The Source Magazine gave Trill OG its rare 5 mic rating.[3]

Conception[edit]

Play, of production duo Play-N-Skillz told MTV (Canada) that a single will feature 2Pac.[4] In January, Bun B told MTV that the album was scheduled for an April 2010 release.[5] Additionally, Bun confirmed a collaboration with "a hip hop legend and a cultural icon" on the same song, but did not elaborate. The song will be released sometime during summer 2010. He has now declared the icons to be Tupac Shakur and Pimp C along with Trey Songz singing the chorus. The song is called "Right Now". He said "Tupac verse is from the 90's Pimp C's from the 2000s and mine from 2010 and it sounds like we just stepped out the booth yesterday."[6]

Reception[edit]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 39,838 copies in its first week. In its second week, it dropped sixteen spots to number twenty, selling 16,100 copies. In its third week, it dropped seventeen spots to number thirty-seven, selling 10,400 copies. As of October, 2013 the album has sold 148,000 copies in the US.[7]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.0/10)[9]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[10]
PopMatters (4.0/10)[11]
RapReviews 8.5/10 stars[12]
The Source 5/5 stars[3]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[13]
ThaCorner 3/5 stars[14]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[15]

Trill O.G. received mixed to positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews." [16] However, Trill OG was the first album to receive a 5-Mic rating from The Source Magazine in five years, the last being Lil' Kim's The Naked Truth. HiphopDX said, "In the end, fans are left with a pleasant closing to a respected series, and one of Hip Hop's most respected voices still outshining the vast majority of his peers."[10] XXL added, "The seasoned MC isn't exactly saying goodbye to rap. However, whenever he does decide to hang it up, Trill O.G. will surely go down as a testament to why Bun B is one of the trillest to ever do it."[15]

David Amidon of Pop Matters was more critical saying, "Ultimately, Bun ends up feeling like a bit of a guest on his own LP, similar to Rick Ross' Teflon Don effort, and though Trill O.G. is full of quality-sounding music it simply fails to make any argument for its necessity to anyone but the most strident fans of Bun B's monolithic presence."[11] Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media shared a similar sentiment. "Throughout, (Bun B) works in the same weary and vaguely clumsy cadence, never bringing the ebulliently eloquent verve he brought to his best UGK verses. Instead he merely seems to dutifully plug away every time he touches a mic. It's tough to imagine how a rapper as great as Bun has managed to turn out an album as consistently turgid and leaden as this."[9]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Countin' Money", which features Yo Gotti & Gucci Mane, was released on July 6, 2010.[17] "Trillionaire", which features T-Pain, was released on July 13, 2010 as the second single.[18] The third single, "Just Like That", which features Young Jeezy, was also released on July 13, 2010.[19] The fourth single, "Put It Down", which features Drake was released in December 2010 and the music video was released on the internet December 22, 2010 via Bun B's VEVO account.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Chuuch!!!" (featuring J. Prince) Steve Below 4:46
2. "Trillionaire" (featuring T-Pain) J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:07
3. "Just Like That" (featuring Young Jeezy) Drumma Boy 4:16
4. "Put It Down" (featuring Drake) Boi-1da 4:32
5. "Right Now" (featuring 2Pac, Pimp C & Trey Songz) Steve Below 3:33
6. "That's a Song" (skit) (featuring Bluesman Ceddy St. Louis) Steve Below 0:24
7. "Countin' Money" (featuring Yo Gotti & Gucci Mane) DJ B-Do 3:34
8. "Speak Easy" (featuring Twista & Bluesman Ceddy St. Louis) Big E 4:04
9. "Lights, Camera, Action"   Steve Below 3:34
10. "I Git Down 4 Mine"   Steve Below 4:07
11. "Snow Money"   Drumma Boy 4:34
12. "Ridin' Slow" (featuring Slim Thug & Play-N-Skillz) Play-N-Skillz 5:09
13. "Let 'Em Know"   DJ Premier 4:11
14. "Listen" (skit) (featuring Bluesman Ceddy St. Louis) Steve Below 0:24
15. "All a Dream" (featuring LeToya Luckett) J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 3:23
16. "It's Been a Pleasure" (featuring Drake) Boi-1da, Jordan Evans add., Matthew Burnett add. 5:46
Sample credits

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paine, Jake (February 27, 2010). "Bun B Moves From Asylum To Universal Music Group, Still With Rap-A-Lot Records". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hanna, Mitchell (May 18, 2010). "Tuesday Rap Release Dates: Crooked I Nerd Young Buck". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lynch, Sean (August 3, 2010). "The Source Crowns Bun B’s "Trill OG" a Hip-Hop Classic". Thesource.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Chanda, Devin (July 15, 2009). "Bun B Snags Drake & Jamie Foxx For New Single?". XXLmag.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem; Dukes, Rahman (January 26, 2010). "Bun B Gives The People What They Want With No Mixtape". MTV.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Paine, Jake (April 26, 2010). "Bun B, Xzibit, Eve, DJ Muggs To Race In Gumball 3000". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/sales_ur.cgi
  8. ^ Jeffries, David. "Trill OG Review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (August 11, 2010). "Album Review Bun B Trill O.G.". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Kuperstein, Slava (August 6, 2010). "Bun B Trill O.G.". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Amidon, David (August 13, 2010). "Bun B: Trill O.G.". PopMatters.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ Juon, Steve (August 10, 2010). "RapReview Of The Week". Rapreview.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ Detrick, Ben. "Bun-B 'Trill O.G.'". Spin.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.thacorner.net/corner-thoughts/reviews/music-reviews/item/3519-bun-b-trill-og-album-review.html
  15. ^ a b Stovall, Calvin (August 3, 2010). "Bun B’s Trill O.G. Gets an XL". XXLmag.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Trill O.G. - Bun B". Metacritic.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Countin' Money [Explicit]". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Trillionaire [Explicit]". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Just Like That [Explicit]". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  20. ^ Bun B, Drake. Bun B-Put It Down ft. Drake (Flash) (Music Video). Vevo. Retrieved June 15, 2011.