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BUN B & KIRKO BANGZ
Rapper Bun B (born Bernard Freeman) rose to fame in the duo UGK. Bun B and Pimp C formed UGK in the late ’80s when their former crew, Four Black Ministers, fell apart. Based in Port Arthur, TX, UGK signed with Jive and with 1992’s Too Hard to Swallow began a series of Southern gangsta rap albums that were successful sellers. Bun B formed the side project Mddl Fngz in 2000, but his main concern was still UGK. Things came to halt in 2003 when Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison on an aggravated gun assault charge. Bun B carried on solo, making numerous appearances on other artists’ tracks and then in 2005 releasing both the mixtape Legends and his debut album, Trill, a Top Ten hit. With Pimp C seeing early release in late 2005, Bun B returned to UGK and a self-titled double album from the duo dropped in 2007. Tragedy struck in late 2007 when Pimp C died suddenly, leaving Bun B to return to a solo career. His second solo album, II Trill, arrived in May of the next year. Trill O.G., his third solo album, was released in August of 2010.
Kirko Bangz started rapping at the age of 15, due in part to witnessing his mother struggle as a single parent; using his mother’s pain as motivation for his music. He attends Prairie View A&M University and is majoring in mass communications. At Prairie View he was able to focus on his music, and in 2009 he released his first mixtape Procrastination Kills. He stole the attention of a fellow student and now manager D Will. Bangz released his first official single titled “What Yo Name Iz?” on February 7, 2011.The single debuted at number ninety-seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the week of October 23, 2010. It has since peaked at number forty-one on the chart. A remix was released on June 24, 2011 and features Big Sean, Wale and Bun B. He released a mixtape shortly after on March 1, 2011 entitled Procrastination Kills 3.
His second single entitled “Drank In My Cup” was released on September 16, 2011. During the week of February 25, 2012, the single debuted at number ninety-six on the Billboard Hot 100.