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About UGK

Chad “Pimp C” Butler, one half of the Texas rap duo UGK, described his group’s work as “country rap tunes”—and for good reason. Pimp C and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman grew up in the small city of Port Arthur, TX, where they linked creatively after initially disliking each other. Both had a knack for twang-filled rhyming, with Pimp C also being adept at soul-driven production; their natural chemistry was brought out on their debut album, 1992’s Too Hard to Swallow, led by the witty, barbed “Something Good.” In 1994, the group would release their refined follow-up, Super Tight, which featured the groove-heavy lead single “It’s Supposed to Bubble” and the funk-inspired “I Left It Wet for You.” Pimp C and Bun B’s magnum opus, 1996’s Ridin’ Dirty, solidified the duo as frontrunners defining lyrical hip-hop from the Third Coast, as evidenced by the ruthlessly aggressive “Murder” and the pensive “Diamonds & Wood.” In 1999, Brooklyn rapper JAY-Z lassoed UGK for their most visible feature, “Big Pimpin’,” where the MCs took turns spitting verses about their courting prowess over the track’s famous Egyptian sample. Released mere months before Pimp C died, 2007’s UGK (Underground Kingz) held the group’s most commercially successful single, “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You),” featuring Atlanta eccentrics Outkast and produced by Memphis rap royalty Three 6 Mafia. Together, Pimp C and Bun B helped build the foundation of Southern rap, sketching an aural blueprint for their eventual successors.

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