February 25, 2009 | Author: Trill Chris
In a day and age where it seems like all good things come to an end, it is unfortunate to see that the end is near for one the South’s most legendary rap duo’s.
It has been more than seventeen years since Pimp C and Bun B came together to form UGK, a group who ultimately ended up being part of the foundation for Southern Rap.
In a recent interview with BallerStatus, Bun B admitted that he is working harder than ever for the upcoming album UGK 4 Life.
“This is the first time I had to do so much on an album. I usually would just come to the studio, drop my verse and C would take care of everything else that had to be done with the record.” This statement is a sad reminder to fans that this album will be the final album for the duo, due to the unexpected death of Pimp C in December of 2007.
While the Pimp isn’t around for this final project, he left us with plenty of material and his unmistakable sound will be found throughout the album. On the track “Purse Come First” featuring Big Gipp, people will notice right away that Pimp C has something to do with the production. The track is produced by B-Do (who was featured on the last UGK album) with the assistance of Pimp C, who’s signature use of live instruments help to grace the melodic track. Bun B’s lyrics are heavily political on this song, as he warns American people about their tax money being wasted by our government.
“Everybody Wanna Ball” is produced by Houston’s Cory Mo, who has worked with UGK throughout the years. The song calls out people on their bad spending habits and is reminiscent of many of the diamond studded rappers in the industry today. The duo doesn’t neglect to make a song for their female fans, as the Steve Below produced track “Feelin You” features Pimp C singing over the soulful track.
“Steel Your Mind” showcases the Pimp C we grew to know and love. The song, produced by Steve Below and features West Coast legend Too $hort, can serve as a guide to pimpin’ for those who need some help with the ladies.
The Akon produced track “Hard as Hell”, which also features the R&B singer on the hook, is a little more up-beat than the rest of the album. It is not the same type of beat we are used to hearing UGK on, but the two definitely don’t disappoint. Bun shows us that his lyrical prowess is still in tact, while Pimp C’s swagger is as strong as ever with classic quotes that can be extracted throughout his first verse.
The album is sure to be considered a classic with the likes of Riding Dirty, as it closes out with “The Game Been Good to Me.” The Pimp C produced track serves as an exclamation point for the successful career of one of the best duo’s to ever grace the hip-hop industry.
UGK 4 Life is a 16 track album and is slated for release in stores on March 31st.