Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014
|Bun and and Houston college student/artist Tim Walker, displaying Walker's UGK drawing|
Unavoidably, the specter of his late partner, Pimp C, hung heavy in the room, with an endless slideshow of UGK pics cycling through on the projection screen. On "Big Pimpin'," Bun led the crowd through a massive rap-along of the Pimp's verse -- a reassuring sign that the Dirty South legend's memory is far from being lost more than six years after his passing.
"Big Pimpin'" is hard to top, even if you're Bun B. So the King of the Trill brought out some help for his encore. Kirko Bangz returned to duet on "Triller," and then none other than Northside boss Slim Thug came out to favor the remaining fans with "Thug From Around the Way." Even more unexpectedly, Mississippi's own Big K.R.I.T. appeared suddenly to join Bun on the rollicking "Country Shit."
With all the guests having finally arrived, the evening ended the only way it could've: with cake, sparklers and a champagne shower during "International Players Anthem," the song that may go down as UGK's most beloved ever.
By the time the lights came on at last, it was closing time. But the Trillest Tour has only begun, set to take the H-Town gospel across the country courtesy of two different generations of stars. After one hell of a strong start, the celebrating, it seems, may never end.
The Crowd: Diverse.
Overheard In the Crowd: "R.I.P. Pimp C!"
Random Notebook Dump: The folks onstage and behind the bar weren't the only ones making money at Warehouse Live on Sunday night. In the crowd, hustlers were hawking CDs, photos and likely a lot worse out there in the dark.
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