[Review] Embrace Presents Bun B w/ special guest Thugli May 4th @ The Hoxton (Toronto)

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Bun B, one half of the legendary southern rap group UGK, made the trip down from Houston to join Toronto Hip Hop fans at the Hoxton during his The Trillest Tour this past Sunday. Active since the late 80’s, UGK has gone down in history as one of the quintessential groups in hip hop. After the tragic passing of UGK partner Pimp C, Bun B has been keeping the dirty south legend alive as a successful solo artist. With an impressive catalog of solo material which complements the earlier work of UGK, Bun B has become a legend in his own right, and will without a doubt go down in history as one of the best to ever do it. real love spell


Fans began lining up at the Hoxton just after eight o’clock, anxiously waiting to get a first hand look at the hip hop legend in the flesh. With an impressive opening line up consisting of up coming DJ duo Thugli and Cory Mo (another rising star from the south) fans at the Hoxton were set to have an amazing night.

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DJ’s Tom Wrecks and Drastik are long time collaborators, and are both well renown for their solo work as well their joint efforts in projects such as The Stylusts. Under the new moniker, Thugli, the DJ duo were the first openers for Bun B. Combining vibrant house tracks with heavy bass and aggressive synth lines, Thugli was the perfect match to warm up a hip hop crowd.Thugli brought a diverse mix for fans at the Hoxton, catering to both hip hop heads and house fan alike.To honor the King of the South, Wrecks and Drastik went deep into their bank of dirty south classics, giving the crowd heavy bass to lean with, setting the tone of what to expect for the rest of the evening.


UGK rep Cory Mo hit the stage next, giving the Hoxton crowd a nice sample of what talent the South has to offer. Throughout his career as an emcee/producer, Cory has worked with some of the most talented artists our genre has to offer, including: UGK, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli, Geto Boys, Mya and the list goes on.

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Coming fresh off the release for his latest album, Take It Or Leave It, Cory gave fans a quick look at some of the amazing tracks this project has to offer. Cory made an instant connection with fans as he dropped his UGK influenced track, “Ride With Me” which had everyone in the Hoxton going ballistic. Cory’s next track was the Big K.R.I.T & Talib Kweli assisted track “Hold Up,” which was dedicated to the other half of UGK, the late, great Pimp C.

Cory, who would later return to the stage as Bun’s hype man, had the crowd buzzing off the trademarked Houston sound that he and the King of the Trill have spent years perfecting. As it came closer to midnight, “Bun B” and “UGK” chants echoed through the Hoxton,as the crowed waited for Bun to hit the stage. Shorty after twelve o’clock the lights began to dim and a deep “Mic check,” came through the speakers from back stage. Rocking two gold chains, a “Hood Buys Anything” black tee and a “BOSS” embedded snap back hat, Bun B came out to the buzzing Hoxton stage, ready to give the fans a once in a lifetime show.


Mr. Woodgrain started his set off with the H-Town anthem, “Draped Up,” giving a shout out to the late DJ Screw, who contributed to “Draped Up,” as well as many other UGK hits. As a seasoned rap veteran, Bun truly knows how to get a crowed excited. Before Bun got into his proceeding tracks, he made it a point to show love to the Toronto crowd, revealing that the T.Dot was one of his favorite places to perform.

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Bun moved into his hit “Pourin UP,” and his track for the ladies at Hoxton,”Let Me See It.” Under Ground Kings classics were met with great excitement from day one UGK, as well as casual fans who were just looking forward to experiencing a great show. Fans rapped along to every word from Bun B’s famous featured appearances from hit songs such as Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin'” and Three Six Mafia’s “Sippin’ on Some Syrup,” which was dedicated to Pimp C.

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After performing “That’s Gangsta,” Bun took to the back of the stage, leaving fans curious as to what would happen next. The DJ who had been holding down Bun’s set for the night grabbed the mic repeating, “Y’all ready for some more UGK?” Bun then returned to the stage for a few more tracks before closing with the hit that everyone had been waiting for, “International Players Anthem.”


In addition to dedicating this track to all the players in the house, as well as the mighty Toronto Raptor players, who gave it their all earlier that day, Bun brought out one final surprise for the Toronto crowd. Drake, who recognizes Bun B as one of his greatest influences and mentors showed up to pay respects to the UGK legend, and kick it with the Hoxton crowd. The two artists have a long history of collaborations, so it only seemed fitting that Drake would show up to support Bun B and his, The Trillest tour- Trill recognize trill.


What more could fans at the Hoxton want? After the show ended, it was clear that everyone in attendance had their expectations blown out of the water. Not only did Bun B deliver a next level performance, he and Drizzy helped elevate heart broken Raptor’s fans morale by shouting out the team, in particular Raptors power forward, Patrick Patterson who made a guest appearance as well. Hip hop royalty was definitely in the house this past Sunday, if you were in attendance for The Trillest, we would love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to comment below, and check out the rest of our photos from the nights performance.


Review by: Michael K for The Come Up Show
Photography by: CZR-E for The Come Up Show

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