Bun B

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Bun B
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Bun B performing in 2013
Background information
Birth nameBernard James Freeman
Born (1973-03-19) March 19, 1973 (age 49)
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Origin Houston, Texas, U.S.
Education Thomas Jefferson High School
Genres Southern hip hop
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • songwriter
Years active1987–present
Member of
Angela Wells
(m. 2003)

Bernard James Freeman (born March 19, 1973), [1] [2] known professionally as Bun B, is an American rapper. He is best known as one half of the southern rap duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz), a group he formed in 1987 alongside Pimp C. Aside from his work with UGK, Bun B has released five solo albums, including 2010's Trill OG , which received the rare 5-mic rating from The Source . [3]


He is also a guest lecturer at Rice University, located in Houston, Texas. [4] [5]

Life and career

Freeman was born in Port Arthur, Texas where he met Pimp C, and was raised in the city of Houston, Texas, where he met Slim Thug.


In the late 1980s, Pimp C started the rap duo UGK. He first released a demo tape titled "Underground King" which didn't feature Bun B on the track. Instead, it featured Pimp C's friend Mitchell Queen. Bun B and friend Jalon Jackson had their own group called P.A. Militia. Both groups joined forces and formed the group 4 Black Ministers. Queen and Jackson later left the group leaving Pimp C and Bun B so they decided to revert to UGK. [6] The demo Pimp C recorded with Mitchell Queen, Underground King, caught the attention of an independent label in Houston called Bigtyme Records. They then released an extended play titled The Southern Way . The release of this record caught the attention of Jive Records. While recording their debut album, Too Hard to Swallow , many of the songs had content too explicit for the album, so Bigtyme Records released an extended play titled Banned before the album was released, including all the songs that were too explicit for Too Hard to Swallow. [7] The song "Pocket Full of Stones" became the first UGK song to get major airplay throughout the United States. Their second album, Super Tight..., followed in 1994. Their third album, Ridin' Dirty , peaked at number 2 on the R&B Charts in 1996, and at number 15 on the Billboard 200. After releasing their fourth studio album, Dirty Money , Pimp C got sentenced to jail. [8]

Trill and beginning of solo career

When Bun B's UGK partner, the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler, entered a jail sentence on an aggravated gun assault charge in 2002, Bun B made guest appearances on numerous albums by other rappers and released a 2005 mixtape titled Legends. [9] Singles featuring a Bun B guest appearance included "They Don't Know" by Paul Wall, "Gimme That" by Webbie and "I'm A G" by Yung Joc. Bun B also appeared in a documentary titled Screwed In Houston produced by VBS/ Vice that details the history of the Houston rap scene.

In October 2005, Bun B's debut solo album Trill was released. [10] Singles included "Draped Up", [10] "Git It", and "Get Throwed". [11] The album peaked at the number 6 spot on the American Billboard 200 chart and number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. [12]

II Trill

After Pimp C died in 2007, Bun B returned to a solo career. In 2008, he released his second album, II Trill . [9] The first single was "That's Gangsta" featuring Jamaican American artist Sean Kingston. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200, selling 98,000 copies. [13] Other singles were "Damn I'm Cold" featuring Lil Wayne and "You're Everything" featuring Rick Ross, David Banner, DJ Corbett and 8Ball & MJG, the latter of which was dedicated to the late Pimp C.

Trill OG

Bun B performing in 2008 Bun B's Set @ The Loft, Atlanta (cropped).jpg
Bun B performing in 2008

Bun B's third album is Trill OG . In an interview with MTV Live, Bun B stated that 2Pac was set to feature on the album, claiming "It's a brand new verse." [14] The album was released under Universal Music Group [15] on August 3, 2010. [16]

Trill OG: The Epilogue

On October 28, 2011, a song titled "The Life" and produced by 14KT was leaked. On March 3, 2012, Bun B leaked a song featuring Royce da 5'9" and Redman titled "Stop Playin'" after he reached 400,000 followers on Twitter. He has not announced the song's appearance on his upcoming album [17]

His fourth studio album was rumored to be titled, Trill 4 Life and scheduled for a 2013 release. [18] On August 22, 2013, Rap-A-Lot Records revealed that his Sony distributed fourth studio album will be released in October 2013. The album is to feature guest appearances from Rick Ross and 2 Chainz. [19] On October 4, 2013, the album was then officially announced to be titled Trill OG: The Epilogue and be released on November 12, 2013. The album was revealed to contain primarily leftover tracks from the Trill O.G. recording sessions. It was also confirmed to feature Pimp C, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil Boosie, Kirko Bangz, Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon, Z-Ro and Devin The Dude. [20] [21]

Bun B announced "The Trillest Tour" in January 2014. On January 30, the Houston native revealed the tour dates, where he was accompanied by fellow Houston native Kirko Bangz. The tour ran from March 6 until April 17, 2014. [22]

Other ventures


On June 24, 2014, Bun B made a guest appearance to the Htown Beatdown concert hosted by local radio station Hot 95.7. He was awarded the 360 Legend Award for his successful music career and his impact on the local community.


At the start of the Spring 2011 semester, Bun B joined the faculty of Rice University as a Distinguished Lecturer. He taught a course in the School of the Humanities on Hip hop and Religion. [23] Into 2013 Bun B continues to teach the course twice a week. [24]

Coloring book

On September 17, 2013, Freeman released a coloring book titled "Bun B's Rap Coloring Book" along with author Shea Serrano. Freeman and Serrano had previously talked about working together to make a book. At first they agreed on a "hip hop survival guide", but both agreed against the project. Later on, Serrano drew coloring pages of rappers that he posted on Tumblr. The pages quickly went viral. Freeman and Serrano then decided to make a whole coloring book. [25]

Personal life

Bun B has been married to Queenie since 2003 and has 2 stepchildren and 7 step-grandchildren. [26] His stepson is American rapper Young-B, who is a member of the rap group Youngest N Charge, which is Bun B's opening act. [27]

On April 24, 2019, Bun B shot an armed intruder who was attempting to rob his Houston home. The intruder fled on foot. The suspect, identified as DeMonte Jackson, was taken into custody by Houston police after arriving at the hospital. [28]


Studio albums

Collaboration albums


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<span class="mw-page-title-main">UGK</span> American hip hop duo

UGK was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, formed in 1987, by Chad "Pimp C" Butler and Bernard "Bun B" Freeman. They released their first major-label album, Too Hard to Swallow, in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, including the self-titled Underground Kingz album, which contained their single "International Players Anthem " and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, in August 2007. The duo has also been featured on hit singles by several other artists, such as "Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z and "Sippin' on Some Syrup" by Three 6 Mafia. Pimp C founded UGK Records in late 2005. On December 4, 2007, Pimp C died in his West Hollywood, California hotel room.

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<i>Trill</i> (album) 2005 studio album by Bun B

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<i>Underground Kingz</i> 2007 studio album by UGK

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<i>Ridin Dirty</i> 1996 studio album by UGK

Ridin' Dirty is the third studio album by American hip hop duo UGK. It was released on July 30, 1996 by Jive Records. Despite no music videos or official singles being released, it is their best selling album with over 850,000 copies sold to date, with 70,000 copies sold in its first week.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bun B discography</span>

The discography of Bun B, an American rapper, and one half of Southern hip hop group UGK, along with the late Pimp C.

<i>II Trill</i> Album by Bun B

II Trill is the second studio album by UGK member Bun B. It was released on May 20, 2008 by Rap-a-Lot Records, Asylum Records and Warner Bros. Records.

<i>Trill OG</i> 2010 studio album by Bun B

Trill OG is the third solo studio album by UGK member Bun B. It 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. The album was released August 3, 2010 on Rap-a-Lot Records and Fontana Distribution. On August 4, 2010, The Source magazine gave Trill OG its rare 5 mic rating.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Drank in My Cup</span> 2011 single by Kirko Bangz

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<i>Trill OG: The Epilogue</i> 2013 studio album by Bun B

Trill OG: The Epilogue is the fourth studio album by American rapper Bun B. The album was released on November 11, 2013, by Rap-A-Lot Records and distributed by RED Distribution. The album features guest appearances from Big K.R.I.T., Lil' O, Pimp C, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Raekwon, Kobe, Royce da 5'9", Z-Ro, Big Hawk, Lil Boosie, E.S.G., Redman, Kirko Bangz, Devin the Dude, Max Frost, Trae tha Truth, C-Note, Serani and Gator Main.

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Boss Life is the fourth studio album by American rapper Slim Thug. The album was released on November 19, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Big Sant, Big K.R.I.T., Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Kirko Bangz, Z-Ro, BeatKing, Boston George, Bun B, Yo Gotti, Kevin Gates, Muggs, JustBrittany, Lil Keke and Nipsey Hussle.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sound M.O.B.</span>

Sound M.O.B. is a record production and songwriting duo consisting of Pyro and DJ Ryu. Both members were born and raised in Houston, Texas. They are known for producing infectious hits such as Kirko Bangz's "Drank In My Cup" & Meek Mill’s "Litty" featuring Tory Lanez. Some other collaborations have been released that feature Kanye West, Chris Brown, Nipsey Hussle, Bun B, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla Sign, Tyga, August Alsina, Wale, Pleasure P, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Killa Kyleon, and more.


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