Bun B is an American rapper famous as one-half of the Hip-Hop rap duo of UGK (UnderGround Kingz). He was born on March 19, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. Freeman’s parents named him Bernard James Freeman. Yet he is popularly known by his stage name, “Bun B.” Aside from rapping, Bun B has also written songs and acted in a few projects. He has released five solo albums in his rapping career. Additionally, Bernard James Freeman is serving as a guest lecturer of Hip-Hop and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, U.S.
Bun B Early Life
Bun B was born on March 19, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S. His birth name is Bernard James Freeman. He lived with his parents until his parents divorced. Bun B’s mother raised him after his parents parted ways. He had to face racism at a young age. Bun B met Chad Butler, a.k.a Pimp C, in his birth country. Both shared the same interest in hip-hop music which later gave birth to their duo.
Bun B Career
Bun B and Pimp C founded UGK in the late 80s and started rapping together as a duo in UGK. After their first release, Underground King caught the attention of an independent label in Houston called Bigtyme Records. They issued an extended play, ‘The Southern Way.’ Their song ‘Pocket Full of Stones’ was the first song of UGK, aired throughout the United States. They released their second album ‘Super Tight’ in 1994. Later in 1996, their third album ‘Ridin’ Dirty’ was ranked number 02 on R&B Charts and number 15 on the Billboard 200. After the release of their fourth album, ‘Dirty Money’ Pimp C was sent to jail.
Following Pimp C’s detention, Bun B had to begin his solo career. In 2005, Bun B released a mixtape named ‘Legends.’ He also appeared as a guest in some singles like ‘They Don’t Know by Paul Wall, ‘Gimme That’ by Webbie, and ‘I’m a G’ by Yung Joc. Bun B released his first solo album ‘Trill’ in October 2005. His album ranked #01 on the R&B Hip Hop Charts and #06 on the American Billboard 200. Some other singles of Bun B include ‘Draped Up,’ ‘Grit It,’ ‘Get Thrown,’ ‘Damn I’m Cold,’ and ‘You’re Everything.’
In 2008, Bun B’s second solo album ‘II Trill’ was released. His first single, ‘The Gangsta,’ ranked #02 on Billboard 200. This single featured Jamaican American Artist Sean Kingston’, selling about 98,000 copies. The third album ‘Trill OG’ came out on August 3, 2010, under the label of the Universal Music Group. On November 12, 2013, he released his fourth album’ Trill OG: The Epilogue’ followed by his fifth album ‘Return of the Release’ in 2018. Bun B performed on the stage for the last time on May 26, 2022.
Bun B Net Worth
Bun B is an American hip-hop rapper with an estimated net worth of $4 Million.
Bun B Income Source
Bun B earned most of his income by rapping as a legendary duo in UGK. He has also been earning through other sources like songwriting, acting, touring, and guest appearance in album releases. Bun B issued his coloring book with author Shea Serrano. Moreover, Freeman is also a lecturer of religion and hip-hop at Rice University.
Bun B Awards
Being a famous personality in Industry, Bun B was honored with the 360 Legend Award for his successful music career on June 24, 2014. He also received other awards like the ASCAP Award and MTV VMA.
Bernard James Freeman is an American Rapper born on March 19, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. He is known by his stage name Bun B. Bun B is famous for his rap as the one-half of the duo in UGK with a net worth of $4 Million. Bernard has released five solo albums, including 2010’s famous Trill OG. The Source rated his album with a 5-mic rating. He was awarded the ‘360 Legend Award’. Additionally, he is serving as a lecturer at Rice University, teaching religion. He has been a part of this industry since 1987 till present.