Bun B once picked the “most underrated” rapper of his generation
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Bun B once picked the "most underrated" rapper of his generation

Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, is a prominent figure in the world of hip-hop. Hailing from Port Arthur, Texas, he rose to fame as one-half of the legendary rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz) alongside Pimp C. UGK’s distinctive Southern sound and gritty lyricism left an indelible mark on the genre.

Bun B’s solo career has also been impactful, showcasing his lyrical prowess and insightful commentary on societal issues. His 2005 album Trill was a critical and commercial success, solidifying his status as a solo artist. Beyond music, Bun B is known for his activism and community involvement, making him a respected figure both within and outside the hip-hop community.

He is rightly considered one of the game’s greatest within the community, with a vision for what is and isn’t worthy of your time as a hip-hop head. And, like most lovers of the genre, Bun B has been asked numerous times who his favourite rapper is. His answer is somewhat unexpected.

He picked out UK grime MC Dizzee Racal as “one of the most underestimated emcees, period, on the planet.” And then continued to say Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, and Royce da 5’9″. The latter pick may not be the most obvious pick, and Bun B shared his disappointment.

“Probably the most underrated lyricist in the game right now,” the Houston performer said about the Detroit rapper. “I think his catalogue, when you go back and look at it verse-for-verse, it’s going to be really hard for any emcee to really stand up against.”

Royce da 5’9″, born Ryan Daniel Montgomery, is a lyricist celebrated for his exceptional wordplay and storytelling abilities. He gained recognition as a member of the underground rap scene in the late 1990s before forming a formidable partnership with Eminem in the group Bad Meets Evil. Royce’s dynamic flow and intricate rhyme schemes have made him a respected figure in hip-hop.

His 2018 album Book of Ryan delved into his personal life and struggles, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Royce is known for addressing social issues and mental health in his music, adding depth to his lyrical repertoire. His contribution to the rap game has earned him a lasting legacy as an elite wordsmith and artist.

Listen to Royce Da 5’9″ below.