Ugk - Underground Kings Album Review
Posted on October 4, 2007 by Jamie Slaughter
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The legendary, dirty south duo "UGK" has finally dropped a new LP titled "Underground Kings." This is their seventh album, and they are hitting hard as ever in the rap game. The first release under UGK Records is an expected success. Members Bun B and Pimp C are still proving they're true pioneers in the south.
This is their first album release since 2001, mainly due to the fact Pimp C's incarceration in 2000 for pulling out a gun at a mall during a scuffle. After Pimp C was jailed, Bun B was appearing on what seemed like every mainstream rap CD to keep the UGK tradition. Then in 2005, Bun B released his first solo album, "Trill." It was a surprisingly well-made CD and Pimp C was getting closer to being freed. Finally in December of 2005, he was released from prison and was putting his finishing touch on his solo album "Pimpalation." It wasn't as consistent as "Trill" but was solid nonetheless.
After all that, the group is still together and is better than ever. Especially with guests like OutKast, Too Short, Slim Thug, Scarface, Rick Ross, Jazze Pha, Talib Kweli, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, and more, no wonder the album is coming hard. The producers include Below, Three 6 Mafia, Scarface, Averexx, DJ B-Doe, John Bido, Jazze Pha, The Blackout Movement, Momo, Lil' Jon, Marley Marl, N.O. Joe, Swizz Beatz, and of course Pimp C handling the bulk of the production.
This LP is full of hits and consistent dirty south music. Standout tracks include International Players Anthem, Like That (remix), Underground Kings, How Long Can It Last, Real Women, and more. The song Life Is 2009 featuring Too Short is basically a remake of Short Dog's classic, Life Is...Too Short from 1988. Bun and Pimp are just about reciting Short's old lyrics, but change a few words. Too Short adds a new verse to the song.
Overall, this should be a memorable CD in the year of 2007. This is real dirty south rap which merits 4 out of 5 stars. Support hip-hop record sales, and cop this.