NEW YORK — Bun B is one of the few MCs who’s had a successful career both as a solo artist and as a group member (he was half of the legendary UGK) and as a soloist. And the legendary Texas MC, who was in New York for Thursday night’s Southern-themed VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, put on a special show at downtown spot SOB’s.
Billed as “Bun B and Friends,” it was difficult to forecast exactly who the MC would bring to rep with him, since he’s connected to so many MCs either through friendship, collaborations or both. And not surprisingly, he had a few surprises.
First and foremost, Big Daddy Kane: The Brooklyn legend gave Bun a major co-sign, saying that the main reason he came to support was because he respects B’s mic game. “He’s a lyricist!” Kane affirmed.
Another Kane highlight was the performance of his classic “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’.”
Lupe Fiasco came out next and did “Superstar.”
“My man Bun hit me and said, ’I need you tonight,’ Lupe said. “Bun is the biggest superstar”
“I gotta few more friends to bring out,” Bun said, taking the reigns of the stage once again. “Some of my homies from the H.”
The Houston combo of Paul Wall and Slim Thug came out for “Still Tippin’.”
“When you see Paul Wall and Slim Thug, you usually see one more guy,” Bun said. On cue, Chamillionaire came out for “Ridin’.”
“I know ya’ll know this song, with all the police out here!,” Cham said. “I wanna let ya’ll know something. [Bun] is the originator of riding dirty. I wouldn’t have ever wrote this if I didn’t grow up on your music.”
Bun said later in the show, “I gotta get ready to get outta here, but before I do, this is for all the players in the house.” He then went into UGK’s “International Players Anthem” before ending with “Gangsta.”
Other friends of Bun in the house included newcomer Houston artist Just Britney, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, Wale and Michael “5000” Watts.
After the show, Bun basked in accolades and reflected on his set.
“Man, it’s incredible,” he said. “We had an incredible show tonight. Bun B and friends. Just Brittany, Corey Mo, Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, Wale, Lupe, Big Daddy Kane, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug. It was a crazy show tonight. The greatest show you’ll ever get.”