UGK

UGK

UGK

Biography

UGK (short for Underground Kingz) was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, formed in 1987, by the late Chad "Pimp C" Butler. He was then joined by Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, who became his longtime collaborator. They released their first major-label album Too Hard to Swallow, in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, including the self-titled Underground Kingz album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, in August 2007. The duo has also been featured on hit singles by several other artists, such as on "Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z and "Sippin' on Some Syrup" by Three 6 Mafia. Pimp C founded UGK Records in late 2005. On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in a West Hollywood, California hotel room.

In 1992, UGK was signed to Jive Records under a five-album contract, releasing their major-label debut album Too Hard to Swallow. While it featured several new recordings, it also featured several songs that had been culled from The Southern Way. However, several songs that had been intended to be included on the album were excised at the last minute, apparently due to their overly explicit content. Five of these songs would surface two months before the release of Too Hard to Swallow, on an EP distributed by Bigtyme Recordz; appropriately enough, the EP was titled Banned. A popular song from the album "Pocket Full of Stones" was also included on the Menace II Society soundtrack in 1993.

Their second album, Super Tight, was released two years later, on August 30. Unlike their previous album, Super Tight managed to break into the Billboard Hot 200 and ultimately peaked at #95; their third album, Ridin' Dirty, peaked at #15. Ridin' Dirty would also be UGK's last album for the time being, as they went on a five-year hiatus not long afterward.

The year 2000 became a breakthrough year for the group. UGK made a high-profile guest appearance on Jay-Z's smash hit "Big Pimpin'" and also appeared on Three 6 Mafia's hit "Sippin' on Some Syrup". Both of these collaborations greatly increased their reputation, and helped fuel anticipation for their next project. Jive Records failed to capitalize on this new-found interest in the duo, as their fourth album, 2001's Dirty Money, came and went with little fanfare.

Further problems arose when Pimp C was incarcerated for an aggravated gun assault charge in 2002. Throughout the time of his incarceration, Bun B carried on the UGK name by making numerous guest appearances on songs by other artists, with every appearance either mentioning Pimp C or featuring a "Free Pimp C!" or "Free the Pimp" chant. Many of UGK's peers did the same, and mentioned Pimp C in their own songs with or without Bun B. During this period, Jive Records released a Best of UGK album, as well as a Chopped & Screwed remix album. As a result of Pimp C's incarceration, both members of UGK began solo careers out of necessity.

Rap-A-Lot Records released Pimp C's solo debut, Sweet James Jones Stories, on March 1, 2005. Bun B later released his own solo foray, Trill, on October 18, 2005. It opened at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200, and also peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart.

On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and was to be on parole until December 2009. He released his first post-incarceration album, titled Pimpalation, on July 25, 2006.

On August 7, 2007, the group released their fifth studio album, the self-titled Underground Kingz. It was a double album, containing 26 tracks and spanning two discs. Featured guests included Talib Kweli, Too Short, Rick Ross, Z-RO, Three 6 Mafia, Slim Thug, OutKast, as well as hip-hop legends Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane on a Marley Marl-produced track titled "Next Up". The album also featured British rapper Dizzee Rascal on the track "Two Types of Bitches", following UGK's guest appearance in Rascal's own album Maths + English for the track "Where's Da G's". The album featured production by DJ Paul & Juicy J, Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, The Runners, Lil' Jon, fellow Texas legend Scarface, and Pimp C. DJ Paul and Juicy J produced the second single, "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)". They had used a similar beat on Project Pat's album titled Layin' Da Smack Down in 2002.

The album got a positive reception both commercially and critically. It received a 4-star rating from Allmusic, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts. "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" became the group's only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts, where it peaked at #70.

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California, after Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call. They arrived to his sixth-floor hotel room to find him dead in bed. This was three days after he performed with Too Short at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

On February 4, 2008, the Insite received a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner's office with the cause of death. Officials there say the Houston rapper died from a Promethazine/Codeine syrup overdose combined with sleep apnea. His death was ruled an accident.

Bun B was interviewed a few days later by radio DJ Madd Hatta, and an audio recording has been posted online.

Bun B recently stated in an interview that there will be one last UGK album released, before he permanently becomes a solo act. "We were heavy into the meat of the album before Pimp passed," says Bun. "The dedication song-the night I wrote it, I wanted it to be one of the last records recorded for this album after what happened."

"Yea, we’re still putting together this last UGK record too, because there’s a lot of music that we’ve already recorded for it," adds Bun B. "I think that album itself is going to be a little bit weird."

Discography

UGK - Too Hard To Swallow

UGK - Too Hard To Swallow

Jive, Bigtyme Recordz 1992
UGK - Banned

UGK - Banned

Bigtyme Recordz 1992
UGK - Super Tight

UGK - Super Tight...

Jive 1994
UGK - Ridin' Dirty

UGK - Ridin' Dirty

Jive 1996
UGK - Dirty Money

UGK - Dirty Money

Jive 2001
UGK - Best Of...

UGK - Best Of...

Jive 2003
UGK - Chopped & Screwed

UGK - Chopped & Screwed

Jive 2004
UGK - Underground Kingz

UGK - Underground Kingz

Jive 2007
UGK - The Bigtyme Way

UGK - The Bigtyme Way

Bigtyme Recordz 2008
UGK - UGK 4 Life

UGK - UGK 4 Life

RCA, Jive 2009

Guest Appearances

Point Blank - Prone To Bad Dreams
  • Cut U N 1/2

Point Blank - Prone To Bad Dreams

Bigtyme Recordz 1992
Big Mike - Somethin' Serious
  • On Da 1

Big Mike - Somethin' Serious

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1994
5th Ward Boyz - Rated G
  • Swing Wide

5th Ward Boyz - Rated G

Rap-A-Lot Records, Underground Records 1995
3-2 - The Wicked Buddah Baby
  • You Wanna Ride

3-2 - The Wicked Buddah Baby

Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records 1996
Master P - Ice Cream Man
  • Break 'Em Off Somethin'

Master P - Ice Cream Man

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1996
D'Meka - Now... Feel Me!
  • Money Stacks

D'Meka - Now... Feel Me!

All Net Records 1997
PSK-13 - Born Bad?
  • Like Yesterday (Mercy Mix)

PSK-13 - Born Bad?

Bigtyme Recordz, Priority Records 1997
A-Dam-Shame - Revelations: The Beginning Of The End
  • The Game Ain't Rated

A-Dam-Shame - Revelations: The Beginning Of The End

Trumpp Tight Records 1997
Lil' Sin - Who Got Yo Back
  • Free

Lil' Sin - Who Got Yo Back

Blvd. Records 1998
Scarface - My Homies
  • 2 Real

Scarface - My Homies

Rap-A-Lot Records 1998
Master P - MP Da Last Don
  • Ghetto Life

Master P - MP Da Last Don

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Fiend - There's One In Every Family
  • Slangin'

Fiend - There's One In Every Family

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Celly Cel - The G Filez
  • Pop The Trunk

Celly Cel - The G Filez

Jive, Sick Wid' It Records 1998
1 Gud Cide - Contradictions (2)
  • Down Here

1 Gud Cide - Contradictions

Scarred 4 Life Entertainment 1999
Klas' One - Once In A Blue Moon
  • Peep Yo Gal

Klas' One - Once In A Blue Moon

Kross Road Records 1999
Young Kyoz - Black Roses
  • Murder Man Dance

Young Kyoz - Black Roses

Heavy-N-Da Game Entertainment 1999
Lil' O - Blood Money
  • Who's Snitching

Lil' O - Blood Money

Game Face Entertainment 1999
Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter
  • Big Pimpin'

Jay-Z - Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter

Roc-A-Fella Records 1999
Coco Budda - In Real Life
  • Let'em Have It

Coco Budda - In Real Life

On The Rise Records 1999
Ace Deuce - Southern Gutta Butta
  • Grippin Graine

Ace Deuce - Southern Gutta Butta

BackWoodz Records 2000
Lil' Sin - My Secret
  • I Wanna Be Free

Lil' Sin - My Secret

Unstoppable Records 2000
Scarface - The Last Of A Dying Breed
  • They Down With Us

Scarface - The Last Of A Dying Breed

Rap-A-Lot Records 2000
Three 6 Mafia - When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1
  • Sippin' On Some Syrup

Three 6 Mafia - When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

Loud Records, Hypnotize Minds 2000
Ludacris - Back For The First Time
  • Stic 'Em Up

Ludacris - Back For The First Time

Def Jam South 2000
Spice 1 - The Last Dance
  • Murder Man Dance

Spice 1 - The Last Dance

Thug World, Mobb Status Entertainment 2000
Young Kyoz - The Ghetto Made Me Crazy
  • Murder Man Dance

Young Kyoz - The Ghetto Made Me Crazy

Heavy-N-Da Game Entertainment 2000
Jermaine Dupri - Instructions
  • Money, Hoes & Power

Jermaine Dupri - Instructions

So So Def, Columbia 2001
Mil - Street Scriptures
  • Dirty Dirty (Remix)

Mil - Street Scriptures

Jive 2001
5th Ward Boyz - Recognize The Mob
  • Mind On Money

5th Ward Boyz - Recognize The Mob

Underground Records 2001
Bo-Bo Luciano - Enemy Of Tha MF State
  • Get Up Off Me

Bo-Bo Luciano - Enemy Of Tha MF State

Roggish Life Entertainment 2001
Young Smitty - Takin Over
  • What Up My Boy

Young Smitty - Takin Over

Imperial Entertainment 2001
918 - Reincarnated
  • I Don't Owe U

918 - Reincarnated

Smugglin Records 2001
Ace Deuce - Raw & Uncut
  • Grippin Grain

Ace Deuce - Raw & Uncut

BackWoodz Records, AD Money Treez Productions 2001
Klas' One - The One And Only (Swishahouse Mix)
  • Peep Yo Gal (Screwed)

Klas' One - The One And Only (Swishahouse Mix)

S.L.A.B. Music, SoSouth 2002
5th Ward Boyz - Word Is Bond
  • Trill Niggaz

5th Ward Boyz - Word Is Bond

Underground Records 2003
Lil' Keke Presents 1 Da Boy - Down South Texan
  • Down South Texan

Lil' Keke Presents 1 Da Boy - Down South Texan

Avarice Entertainment 2003
Ace Deuce - Street Muzic
  • Grippin Grain

Ace Deuce - Street Muzic

AD Money Treez Productions, BackWoodz Records 2003
Ace Deuce - Street Muzic: Screwed & Chopped
  • Grippin' Grain

Ace Deuce - Street Muzic: Screwed & Chopped

A.D. Money Tree Productions 2003
918 - Zaggin Gon Be Zaggin / Reincarnated
  • I Don't Owe U

918 - Zaggin Gon Be Zaggin / Reincarnated

Smugglin Records 2004
The Boss Pimps - Pimpin' Off Top
  • Diamonds On

The Boss Pimps - Pimpin' Off Top

Boss Play Entertainment 2004
T.I. - King.
  • Front Back

T.I. - King.

Atlantic, Grand Hustle 2006
Lil' O - Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)
  • Who Snitching?

Lil' O - Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Lil' O - My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)
  • Who Snitching?

Lil' O - My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Ace Deuce - The Block All-Star
  • Work The Wheel

Ace Deuce - The Block All-Star

Ad Money Treez Productions Inc. 2006
Bun B & DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz Legends Series
  • Bun B Speaks #3

Bun B & DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz Legends Series

Big Kanaka, SoSouth 2006
Talib Kweli - Eardrum
  • Country Cousins

Talib Kweli - Eardrum

Blacksmith Music, Warner Bros. Records 2007
Dizzee Rascal - Maths+English
  • Where's Da G's

Dizzee Rascal - Maths+English

XL Recordings, Dirtee Stank Recordings 2007
Infamous Playa Family - La Cosa Nostra
  • Peep Ya Gal

Infamous Playa Family - La Cosa Nostra

Game Tite Records 2007
Lydell Lucky - Making Dollars
  • Wipe Me Down (Remix)

Lydell Lucky - Making Dollars

Corner Pocket Records 2007
Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk
  • On Some Chrome

Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk

Hypnotize Minds, Columbia 2008
David Banner - The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Suicide Doors

David Banner - The Greatest Story Ever Told

Universal Records 2008
Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses
  • Leanin

Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses

Koch Records 2009
Lil Byrd - Tha Most Fly
  • Peep Ya Gal

Lil Byrd - Tha Most Fly

Game Tite 2009
Hezeleo - Micheal Watts Of Swishahouse An UGK Records Presents Let It Be Known
  • Bought A Cadillac

Hezeleo - Micheal Watts Of Swishahouse An UGK Records Presents Let It Be Known

Not On Label 2009
Hezeleo - Micheal Watts Of Swishahouse An UGK Records Presents: Let It Be Known Screwed Ver.
  • Bought A Cadillac

Hezeleo - Micheal Watts Of Swishahouse An UGK Records Presents: Let It Be Known Screwed Ver.

Not On Label 2009
Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Deluxe Edition)
  • Gossip

Big Boi - Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors

Def Jam Recordings 2012
DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' 20th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)
  • Short Texas

DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' 20th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)

Bigtyme Recordz 2016

Compilations

Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Pocket Full Of Stones

Various - Menace II Society (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jive 1993
A Low Down Dirty Shame (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Front, Back & Side To Side

Various - A Low Down Dirty Shame (Music From The Motion Picture)

Jive 1994
Bigtyme Vol. I - Still Afloat
  • Pregnant Pussy

Various - Bigtyme Vol. I: Still Afloat

Bigtyme Recordz 1994
DJ Screw – Bigtyme Vol II All Screwed Up
  • Short Texas

DJ Screw – Bigtyme Vol II All Screwed Up

Bigtyme Recordz 1995
Down South Hustlers - Bouncin' And Swingin'
  • Playaz From The South

Various - Down South Hustlers: Bouncin' And Swingin'

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood - The Soundtrack
  • Live Wires Connect

Various - Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (The Soundtrack)

Island Records 1996
Dangerous Ground (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • It's Alright

Various - Dangerous Ground (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jive 1997
I'm Bout It (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Meal Ticket

Various - I'm Bout It (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1997
The Southwest Riders
  • Hiside

Various - The Southwest Riders

Sick Wid' It Records, Jive 1997
I Got The Hook-Up! OST
  • Bump And Grill

Various - I Got The Hook-Up! (The Soundtrack)

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
Mean Green - Major Players Compilation
  • Tossed Up

Various - Mean Green: Major Players Compilation

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1998
The Corruptor (The Soundtrack)
  • Take It Off

Various - The Corruptor (The Soundtrack)

Jive 1999
The Wood (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Belts To Match

Various - The Wood (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Jive 1999
Rimshop Presents N.E.W.S.: North East West South
  • Pimpin' Ain't No Illusion

Various - Rimshop Presents N.E.W.S.: North East West South

Rimshop Records 1999
J Prince Presents Realest Ni@@as Down South
  • Woodwheel

Various - Realest Ni@@as Down South

Rap-A-Lot, Priority Records 1999
Celly Cel - The Best Of...
  • Pop The Trunk

Celly Cel - The Best Of...

Jive, Sick Wid' It Records 1999
Various - Southern Rollers: Big Gamin'
  • F*** My Car

Various - Southern Rollers: Big Gamin'

Simitar 1999
Music From And Inspired By Shaft
  • Tough Guy

Various - Music From And Inspired By Shaft

LaFace Records 2000
Cash Money Millionaires - Baller Blockin'
  • Family Affair

Cash Money Millionaires - Baller Blockin'

Cash Money Records 2000
Various - Nationwide 2 Ghetto Pass: The Compilation
  • Cigarette

Various - Nationwide 2 Ghetto Pass: The Compilation

UAN Music 2000
Mr. Quikk - #1 Stunna Mixin Up Sh*t!!
  • Big Pimpin

Mr. Quikk - #1 Stunna Mixin Up Sh*t!!

Dirty Harry Productions 2000
Greg Street - Six O'Clock Vol. 1
  • Country Star

Greg Street - Six O'Clock Vol. 1

Slip-N-Slide Records 2001
DJ Screw - All Work No Play Vol. 2
  • Bitch Get Off Me

DJ Screw - All Work No Play Vol. 2

Reliant Entertainment 2001
Various - Laced Music Presents Leaning With Houstons Finest Vol. 1
  • Diamonds And Wood

Various - Laced Music Presents Leaning With Houstons Finest Vol. 1

Laced Music 2001
Various - Side Hustles: Featuring UGK
  • Belts To Match 

Various - Side Hustles: Featuring UGK

Jive 2002
Spice 1 - Hits 3
  • Murder Man

Spice 1 - Hits 3

Mobb Status Entertainment 2002
Various - Somethin' To Lean To Pt. 3: Chopped & Skrewed
  • What's Up My Boys

Various - Somethin' To Lean To Pt. 3: Chopped & Skrewed

Nightshift Muzik 2002
Spice 1 Presents Thug Disease
  • Murder Man Dance

Various - Spice 1 Presents Thug Disease

Lovin' Paper Music Group 2003
"All Around The World We" Gotta Get That
  • Don't Owe U

Various - "All Around The World We" Gotta Get That

JLM Entertainment 2003
Various - Dirty South Ballin' 2
  • Don't Owe You

Various - Dirty South Ballin' 2

Independent Music Network 2005
Three 6 Mafia - Most Known Hits
  • Sippin' On Some Syrup

Three 6 Mafia - Most Known Hits

Hypnotize Minds 2005
Screwheads - The Best Of Both Worlds
  • Like Yesterday (Screwed)

Screwheads - The Best Of Both Worlds

P.M.E., Sosouth 2005
Lil' Sin - The Greatest Flames
  • Free

Lil' Sin - The Greatest Flames

Souf Field Ent 2006
Too $hort - Pimpin' Incorporated
  • I'm A Pimp

Too $hort - Pimpin' Incorporated

Up All Nite Music 2006
5th Ward Boyz - Greatest Features
  • Swang Wide

5th Ward Boyz - Greatest Features

Underground Recordz 2007
Lil Keke - The Chronicles
  • Chunk Up The Deuce

Lil Keke - The Chronicles

Hustletown 2008
Lil Keke - The Chronicles Chopped & Screwed
  • Chunk Up The Deuce

Lil Keke - The Chronicles Chopped & Screwed

Hustletown 2008
Ace Deuce - Greatest Hits
  • Work The Wheel

Ace Deuce - Greatest Hits

SoSouth 2010
DJ Screw - Bigtyme Recordz '95 - '99
  • Short Texas

DJ Screw - Bigtyme Recordz '95 - '99

Bigtyme, SoSouth 2010
Various - Dirty South Essentials, Vol.1
  • Down Here

Various - Dirty South Essentials, Vol.1

DWB Records 2011
Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only 2
  • Like Yesturday (Mercy Mix)

Various - Point Blank The Bull Presents Ganxstaz Only 2

Wreckless Entertainment 2012
Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 1
  • Chunk Up Da Duece

Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 1

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