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Album review: Bun B, "No Mixtape"


By Sarah Godfrey

Last month, rapper Bun B began offering exclusive freestyles to influential hip-hop blogs and Web sites, as a way of plugging "Trill OG," his upcoming full-length CD, and "The Naked Soul of Sweet James Jones," the final album from his UGK partner Pimp C, who died in 2007. Fans assumed the freestyles signaled a Bun B mix tape in the works, but that wasn't the Texas legend's intention. "I keep tryna tell y'all, no mix tape coming soon," he rhymes on mid-January's "2DopeBoyz Freestyle." But what everyone heard was " 'No Mixtape' coming soon!"

(A worthy scavenger hunt, after the jump.)

In the midst of this hip-hop version of "Who's on First," Bun's freestyles have become a non-traditional mix tape of sorts. ("The album is coming soon in April, 'Trill OG.' The mix tape is apparently coming now," Bun told MTV.com last week.)

The rapper's output - he has released scads of material since the start of the new year - is amazing, making the quality of what he has done all the more impressive. On "Stupid Trill," Bun uses the Bangladesh beat from Gucci Mane's "Stupid Wild," replacing Gucci's raspy, lazy flow with his own crisp lyrics. He makes the same swap, subbing out laid-back rhymes for high-powered ones, for "I'm on the Block," which borrows Snoop Dogg's Rob Base-sampled "I Wanna Rock."

DJs and Bun fans have already started collecting all of the tracks into single-download "No Mixtape" compilations online, but it's more fun to take a break from whining about how the Internet has taken the thrill of the hunt out of music consumption and dig up all of the tracks yourself.

Recommended tracks: "Stupid Trill," "I'm on the Block" "2DopeBoyz Freestyle"

By David Malitz  |  February 2, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Bun B  
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