Album Review | Bun B & Statik Selektah – TrillStatik

This album was released on April 20th this year. I actually think I’m gonna love this album. I love Statik Selektah, and I’m a big Bun B fan. Obviously his best work was with UGK, but I like almost all of his solo albums. I’ll go into that more tomorrow when I publish my rating of his discography though. Anyway, I was pretty intrigued by the idea of Bun B & Statik Selektah doing an album together, but when I saw the tracklist I got even more excited. There are a shit ton of great features on this project. Grafh, Westside Gunn, Termanology, Big K.R.I.T. & Talib Kweli were the ones that stood out the most to me. Almost all of them look great though. I mean, I’m personally not really happy to see Fat Joe on this project, but I have faith that he’ll be tolerable here. So yeah, I think this shit is gonna be dope. Every track is of course produced by Statik Selektah.

1. Moving Mountains featuring Jovanie

The vocals from Jovanie on the hook are really good. This piano-driven beat is really dope too. It sounds a lot jazzier than something Bun would normally rap over. I love it. This verse from Bun is pretty good. Goddamn. This production is awesome. Statik Selektah really put his ass in this beat. The song is pretty straightforward structurally. It’s just one verse from Bun B preceded by a sung intro from Jovanie. I don’t have any issues with this track. The music video pissed me off though. I guess it’s sponsored by Monster Energy Drink.

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The product placement was really random and unexpected. It annoyed me. So yeah, the video kinda sucks. The song is dope though. I fuck with it.

2. Still Trill featuring Method Man & Grafh

Man, I love the production on this project so far. This beat is awesome. Statik Selektah is a beast. The first verse from Meth is dope. I really like the way this song is structured. There’s no hook or bridge or anything like that. It’s just three verses, one after another. Bun B’s voice sounds perfect over this beat. He killed that second verse. Grafh had a really great verse too. Meth had my least favorite verse, which is impressive because he did a really good job. I think this song is awesome. I love the beat, and the verses are all dope. I really like Statik’s scratching at the end too. This shit is fire. It’s dope af.

3. Basquiat featuring Fat Joe & Smoke DZA

The beat on this track is pretty dope. It sounds luxurious. The first verse from Fat Joe was actually really good. His hook is nothing special, but it works. I’ve always thought Smoke DZA was a good rapper, but his voice is annoying as fuck to me. It’s worse on some songs than on others though. Thankfully he sounds good on this track. I liked his verse a lot. It’s my least favorite verse on the song, but that’s just a testament to how good the track is because his verse wasn’t bad at all. Bun B had my favorite verse for sure. This feels like a Fat Joe song since he’s on the first verse and the hook. I like it though. I don’t really have any issues with it. It’s dope.

4. Concrete featuring Westside Gunn & 1982

This piano-driven beat is pretty jazzy and smooth. The first verse from Westside Gunn was pretty cool. I’m always interested in hearing whatever Westside Gunn does, but he just never really impresses me that much. He’s easily the weakest rapper out of the Griselda crew. He’s solid though. His verse here wasn’t bad. He just didn’t really say anything that stuck with me.

TrillStatik, you know this shit dope, right?
I swear I been fly my whole life
A nigga be paranoid
I sleep with the pole every night

It’s really simplistic writing. It wasn’t a bad verse by any means though. I like the way his verse led into the second verse from Bun B. His verse was awesome. Termanology’s verse was dope too. Bun B definitely stood out the most to me. Westside Gunn had my least favorite performance, but he wasn’t bad. This is another good song. It’s pretty straightforward. It’s got pretty much the same structure as Still Trill. I fuck with this song. It’s dope.

5. Money featuring Lil Fame & Wais P

Wait a minute… Wais P??? Didn’t this nigga get arrested for sex trafficking a few years ago? Yeah, if you google his name damn near every result is about him getting in trouble for pimping. What a piece of shit. Anyway, the beat on this track is really good. The first verse from Lil Fame is dope as hell too. He did a great job on this track. The second verse from Bun B was really good too. I think Fame’s verse was slightly more impressive personally, but it’s close. They both did a great job. Thankfully Wais P didn’t actually rap on this song. He just talked at the end of the song. He was basically saying some words dedicated to Pimp C. I guess it’s fitting since Wais P was a literal pimp. I don’t actually think he’s a very good rapper, so I’m glad he didn’t have a verse. Anyway, this is another really good song that I fuck with. It’s dope.

6. Superstar featuring Meechy Darko, CJ Fly & Haile Supreme

Oh fucking shit. This hook from Haile Supreme is awesome. He sang his ass off. Goddamn. Meechy sounds like a fucking monster on this first verse. His voice is insane. I think he kind of overdid it to be honest. I don’t know. I’m not completely sure how I feel about it. It sounds dope as hell, but it also makes his actual lyrics kinda hard to understand. It’s not too bad though. I still think the verse was really good. Bun B did a great job on that second verse. He killed it. CJ Fly sounds perfect over this type of production. His verse was really good. Bun B had my favorite verse on this one, once again. Meechy had my least favorite verse, but I still really liked it. This is one of my favorite songs on the album so far. Haile Supreme’s hook is stellar, and all of the verses are really good too. This shit is dope af.

7. Paperwork featuring Uncle Murda

This song definitely has one of my favorite beats on the album so far. It sounds really grandiose and celebratory. When the song first started it almost sounded like one of those lo-fi instrumentals that I’d hear from one of these new wave lo-fi rappers like MIKE or Pink Siifu. It switched up pretty quickly though. Bun B fucking snapped on that first verse.

You know he hatin’, why wait? Give that nigga the blues
Run up on him, flash the strap; he gon’ shit in his shoes
Piss in his pants and pass out
Then we dig in his pockets and take the cash out and leave him ass out

That shit was cold as hell. Uncle Murda’s verse was really great too. It almost seemed like he was dissing 6ix9ine. I feel like any time a rapper mentions snitching I automatically assume they’re dissing 6ix9ine. It’s funny how he’ll forever be associated with snitching. It’s also pretty fucked up that he gets more hate for snitching than for being a literal pedophile, but I digress. This is definitely my favorite track on the album so far, which is interesting since it’s the shortest song on the album. It’s less than two minutes long. It doesn’t feel unfinished at all though. I don’t have any issues with it. It’s dope af.

8. TBA featuring Propain & Killa Kyleon

This beat is fucking awesome. The first verse on this song from Bun B is really great too. The second verse from Propain is pretty good. I’m not really familiar with him at all, but I enjoyed his work on this track. He sounded really nice. Maybe I should check out more of his work. Killa Kyleon actually killed that final verse too. His flow was really good. I’ve always really liked him on features, but I’ve never heard any of his solo work. I guess I should check out more of his shit too. This is definitely another one of my favorite tracks on the album so far. It’s gonna be hard to choose my favorite song. I don’t have any issues with this track at all. I love the beat, and all of the verses were really great. This shit is dope af.

9. Time Flies featuring Big K.R.I.T. & Talib Kweli

The way this song starts makes it sound like a Pharrell beat. The beat itself is dope af. I love the percussion. K.R.I.T. sounds awesome over it too. His melodic delivery is great. He killed that shit. The uncredited vocals from Haile Supreme on the hook are great. Fuck, man. This album is REALLY good. It’s weird that I haven’t seen more people talking about it. Bun B sounds perfect over this smooth production. He killed that shit. Jesus. This is awesome. Talib Kweli sounds really great over this beat too. This is one of those beats that’d be hard to not sound good over. For some reason I feel like Wrekonize would sound perfect over it. I know that’s really random. Anyway, Talib’s verse was great. This is another fantastic song that I have no issues with. This shit is dope af.

10. I Know featuring Haile Supreme

Man, this song sounds gorgeous. I love this production, and Haile Supreme sounds fantastic over it. Jesus Christ, man. I don’t know how I’m gonna choose a favorite track from this shit. This is such a good way to close the album. It’s the most introspective song on the project.

Sometimes I stare at the stars and watch the hours pass
Meditate as the sand falls in the hourglass
I take a moment for the moments I reflect on
Some I got right and some I got dead wrong

Haile Supreme deserves an award for that hook. He sounds amazing. This beat is fantastic too, and the verse from Bun B is great. This is honestly probably my favorite track on the album. I think it’s amazing.


This album is really great. I actually think it’s one of the better albums that came out in April. There’s not a single track that I didn’t think was dope. Honestly, I think this is Bun B’s best album. Its simplicity is its strength in my opinion. It’s not overambitious. It’s just Bun B rapping really well over really great jazzy beats from Statik Selektah. I think he sounds great over these instrumentals. There aren’t any loud ass, traditional Southern beats. There’s no “Southern boom shit” as the guys from DEHH would say. I guess some Bun B fans may be disappointed by that. If you’re familiar with Statik Selektah you should know not to expect that from him though. Honestly, Statik Selektah & Bun B is an odd combination, but it works really well. The fact that this whole project was made in 11 hours is really insane when you think about it. I can only imagine what it would sound like if they took their time and made a longer record with less features. I hope they do that in the future. These beats are fire, and there’s not a single wack verse on this project. I should probably mention that they released a deluxe version of this album about 6 days after the original one came out. It contains four bonus tracks, and they’re all really good. I think it’s worth checking out, but overall the original version is very slightly more consistent. They’re both great though. Anyway, the fact that they managed to make one of the best albums of April in less than half a day is frankly astonishing. This shit is really dope.

Favorite Song: I Know
Least Favorite Song: Concrete

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Watch the video below for more thoughts on this album.

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Grade: A-

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