Bun B is Southern rap royalty, both as one half of the legendary group, UGK, and as a solo artist. After putting in work as regional artists down in Texas, UGK signed to Jive Records in the early 1990s, and each subsequent release—from Too Hard to Swallow to Super Tight to Ridin' Dirty—climbed higher and higher on the charts. By the late nineties, even the New York rap scene was taking notice, as Jay-Z featured Bun and Pimp on his Timbaland-produced monster single, "Big Pimpin'," which took them all to a whole other tier of success.
But just as things had started to come together on a national level, Pimp was sent to jail on an aggravated gun assault charge. While Pimp was out of sight, he was certainly not out of mind, as Bun made it his mission to keep Pimp in everyone's thoughts through his "Free Pimp C" campaign. Bun repped for UGK in his own music too, releasing the hip-hop chart-topping Trill in 2005, and not long after, Pimp came home.
In August of 2007, the duo put out Underground Kingz, which topped the charts and spawned arguably UGK's greatest single, "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)." Tragedy stuck on December 4, 2007, when Pimp C passed away at the age of 33, leaving Bun once again without his musical brother. But Bun rebounded, releasing acclaimed music including the 2010 album Trill OG, which received a rare 5-mic "Classic" rating from The Source magazine. Bun's fellow artists, critics, and fans, all hold him in the highest regard for his music, his intellect, and the way he keeps Pimp C's spirit alive.