UGK’s Bun B is letting the world know he is aware of the popularity behind the word “trill” and there could be consequences for select artists using the expression without paying homage or dividends.
Bun B hopped on his Twitter page Wednesday (December 26) to express his issues.
“I guess everybody putting Trill on everything like nobody has a trademark on it. When you get that letter in the mail don’t act surprised.,” he tweeted December 26th.
“Using trill and showing love to UGK and Port Arthur, the land of the trill, is one thing. But some of these cats think they made it up. No.”
“I know some cats show love and respect. But using the term for money and not breaking bread with Pimp family ain’t keeping it trill at all.” (Bun B’s Twitter)
Bun also made sure to let people know he is not taking any direct shots at New York rapper A$AP Rocky.
“Like @kaymoneyyyy said “Being trill is not just some trendy sh*t. It’s hard bring trill. It ain’t no party in these PA streets.” I agree.,” he added.
“And no I’m not talking bout Rocky. N*ggas have been trying to co-op our terms and slang from down here before homie even started rapping.”
“I just wanted to say that. Carry on with ya holiday season. See you on ’13!” (Bun B’s Twitter)
Earlier this year, Houston rap newcomer Marcus Manchild told SOHH he did not know how much Rocky truly paid homage to his hometown for influencing his sound.
“I feel that it’s cool if you’re inspired by Houston, that’s what’s up. But you always gotta show that respect to the people that came up with the styles and sounds, you know what I mean? So that’s all there is to it, if you hear it and you feel inspired, that’s all love. I don’t really see that respect. I feel him when he says he embraced [Houston] but it’s gotta be more than that … I don’t hear no shout-outs or none of that, that’s all I’m saying. You gotta pay respect to the people that made up what you’re talkin’ about. I can’t go somewhere and talk about something I don’t know and then not respect the people that are from there. (SOHH)
Last year, G.O.O.D. Music rapper Pusha T crowned Bun B SOHH Underrated.
“The most underrated rapper in rap is tough. I really think the most underrated, in my opinion, would have to be Bun B. I really hate the term “underrated” [because of how it can be interpreted] but to me, Bun B is one of the best guys making records and songs. His skills as an emcee speak for themselves. He’s great at doing everything you can think of, whether it be his raps alone or putting together 16 bars. However you want to look at it, he’s the best and most underrated in my eyes. I feel like if I had to say “underrated”, I don’t know if people always put him on the list as they should. I don’t really know if people think to put Bun B in that list. And even though he may have gotten 5 Microphones [a perfect rating] in The Source Magazine for his last album [Trill O.G.], that’s just one look. That’s a good look having 5 Mics in The Source, but that’s still just one look he has gotten when he deserves a lot more.” (SOHH Underrated)