By Ryan Dombal
Updated October 31, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

A product of nearly 15 years of down-South spitting as half of the hip-hop duo UGK, Houston hardhead Bun B is the broad-shouldered uncle to his city’s current white-hot rap scene. Trill, his star-studded solo debut, stumbles when it veers away from Bun’s roughneck strengths on R&B-flavored duds like ”Hold U Down.” But slow-riding burners like the narcotics ode ”Pushin”’ and ”The Story,” a harrowing autobiographical account, fitfully reflect the MC’s prior accomplishments.

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