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UGK Biography

UGK Biography

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.

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.

In the interim, UGK made a high-profile guest appearance on Jay-Z's 2000 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[citation needed]. Jive Records failed to capitalize on this new-found interest in the duo, as their sixth 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, he and Bun B released UGK's seventh album, the eponymous Underground Kingz containing 26 tracks and spanning two discs . Featured guests included Talib Kweli, Too $hort, 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 featured production by DJ Paul & Juicy J, who produced the second single, "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)", Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, The Runners, Lil Jon, fellow Texas legend Scarface, and Pimp C.  The album also featured British rapper Dizzee Rascal on the track "Two Types of Bitches"[11], following UGK's guest appearance in Rascal's own album Maths + English for the track "Where's Da G's".

Just three days after performing with Too $hort at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Pimp C was found dead. 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 911 call. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find him dead in bed. This was three days after he performed with Too $hort at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles coroner's office December 27 revealed that it will take another two weeks before the cause of death is known .

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

In 1991, UGK submitted a track called "Pregnant Pussy" to Jive Records prior to the release of Too Hard to Swallow. Although Jive was no stranger to the kind of explicit 'raunchiness' that rapper Too Short sold millions of records with, and despite the fact that Jive was not yet the label of Britney Spears, NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, label chief Barry Weiss declined to release it in any form.

The chorus of the song:

"Pregnant pussy is the best that you can get, Fucking the bitch, while her baby's sucking dick"

was just too over-the-top for the Jive brain-trust.

However, the decision didn't come easy and much internal debate ensued behind the scenes at Jive as to whether it was worth the public outrage that would have surely been the outcome of risking the release. This against the potential 'gain' -the kind of sales and notoriety that would have put UGK and the new album on the map- that would have resulted from the negative publicity the label and duo would have assuredly received from its release.

The track was eventually released via the duo's Banned EP.


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