16 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Of all the great duos in rap history, none can equal the mutual respect and creative equality shown by UGK. They were a perfectly balanced partnership. Bun B’s masterful rhymes merged with Pimp C’s earthy Southern attitude, and both took seriously the grand traditions of black Southern music: soul, blues, and gospel. Completed and overseen by Bun B in the wake of Pimp C.’s unexpected death in late 2007, UGK 4 Life forms a capstone to their formidable legacy. Though one can’t overstate Bun B’s importance to UGK’s final album, 4 Life belongs wholeheartedly to Pimp C. Just as “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and “Dre Day” were the culmination of Dr. Dre’s vision of a new West Coast funk, “Swishas & Erb,” “Purse Come First,” and “Da Game Been Good To Me” formulate Pimp’s vision of Texas funk. As far as fundamental rap songs go, you won’t find anything more fearsome and resolute than “Harry A*****e,” “Used To Be” and “Steal Your Mind.” Bolstered by a company of lifelong friends and associates, UGK 4 Life is all about the duo’s shared conviction: in Southern soul music, in hip-hop history, and in each other.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Of all the great duos in rap history, none can equal the mutual respect and creative equality shown by UGK. They were a perfectly balanced partnership. Bun B’s masterful rhymes merged with Pimp C’s earthy Southern attitude, and both took seriously the grand traditions of black Southern music: soul, blues, and gospel. Completed and overseen by Bun B in the wake of Pimp C.’s unexpected death in late 2007, UGK 4 Life forms a capstone to their formidable legacy. Though one can’t overstate Bun B’s importance to UGK’s final album, 4 Life belongs wholeheartedly to Pimp C. Just as “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and “Dre Day” were the culmination of Dr. Dre’s vision of a new West Coast funk, “Swishas & Erb,” “Purse Come First,” and “Da Game Been Good To Me” formulate Pimp’s vision of Texas funk. As far as fundamental rap songs go, you won’t find anything more fearsome and resolute than “Harry A*****e,” “Used To Be” and “Steal Your Mind.” Bolstered by a company of lifelong friends and associates, UGK 4 Life is all about the duo’s shared conviction: in Southern soul music, in hip-hop history, and in each other.

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About UGK

Southern gangsta rappers Pimp C and Bun B formed UGK (aka Underground Kingz) in the late '80s and signed to Jive Records for their major-label debut album, 1992's Too Hard to Swallow. After second album Super Tight..., UGK hit the R&B charts with 1996's Ridin' Dirty, which ascended to the number two spot. Dirty Money followed in late 2001. Pimp C began serving at three-year jail sentence in early 2002, putting UGK on ice until 2007, when the double album Underground Kingz appeared. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Houston, TX
  • FORMED
    1987

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