UGK
UGK (Underground Kingz)


4.5
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Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
February 20th, 2010 | 21 replies | 7,717 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two Discs of pure awesomeness

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After years of albums that seemingly were undercut and felt a bit too short, if only because of the strength of UGK, Pimp C and Bun B finally created their sprawling epic of a double disc album in Underground Kingz. In rap and music in general, even the most amazing of legends have blundered on the double disc. B.I.G., Tupac, The Beatles all have tripped over themselves attempting to write a two disc album, having overlong collections of songs that felt jarring and wrong in their flow. Unlike these albums, however, Underground Kingz, other than a couple of short exceptions, is thoroughly consistent.

The first disc of Underground Kingz, out of the two discs, particularly shines, due to the focus of highlights being aimed at the beginning. The blazing 70s Funk Rock guitar riffs of Pimp C’s “Swishas and Doshas” and DJ Paul & Juicy J’s Willie Hutch sampling “Int’l Players Anthem” show a stark contrast between each other, but both stand out as wondrous highlights. The chemistry between Bun B and Pimp C is still so prevalent on “Swishas and Doshas”, with the grooving funk meshing perfectly with the rowdy Pimp C and the gruff, speeding delivery of Bun B. “Int’l Players Anthem” is something else though. “Int’l Players Anthem” collaborates Three 6 Mafia behind the boards, and with Outkast on the mic, which would seem a bit uncomfortable at first, but Big Boi’s awkward pushing flow and Andre 3k’s beat-less verse all add their part to a song that already is strong just from the stand point of UGK.

In spite of the first two songs creating an illusion of going completely hard, the entirety of Underground Kingz seems a bit relaxed. UGK continue digging into their grooving sound by introducing other producers into the boards, creating a mixture of glorious rap anthems like the title track or slowly moving tracks like “Gravy”. Outside of the first two tracks, the first album stays true to the clean-cut, smooth funk sound of the pimpin’ UGK, but there are a couple of exceptional highlights. The slick, soulful organ gospel of “Quit Hatin’ The South” addresses a serious issue that goes unnoticed in hip hop, while “Trill Niggaz Don’t Die” utilizes plastic horns, funky bass, and the heart baring Z-Ro and adds a pinch of UGK for good measure in order to close the first disc on a sweet note.

The smooth moving sound of Underground Kingz is why it works so well, but it’s also a bit of the emphasis on structure that applies to both discs. On the second disc, it’s very much similar. The soul funk epic “How Long Can It Last” and the creative Scarface re-make “Still Ridin Dirty” smash off the second disc on a thrilling note, while posse cut of the year 2006 (with Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap) “Next Up” and the sentimental “Living This Life” seal the album on a high note. The rest of the record consists of UGK constant making small changes to their two immense sounds and Pimp C and Bun B consistently out-rapping their other southern competition.

The difference between the two discs, however, is that the second disc is actually filled with a little bit of filler. Jazze Pha’s synths and militant drums sound undeniably stale on “Stop-N-Go”, and his bland hooks and dreadful verse just ruin a song already riding off course. Jazze Pha’s other weak production on “Tell Me How Ya Feel” show a lack of chemistry between the Jazze and UGK, which Pimp C tries desperately to cover up with his ace verses on both songs, but Bun B just sounds direly directionless on both tracks. In addition to that, although Lil Jon’s romping crunk is usually something to be enjoyed on a rap record, the original “Like That” is an utter mess, with fart-y bass and mind numbingly dull movement, almost requiring the more UGK sounding remix which is infinitely better on the first disc. Other than those couple of low lights tackled on the second disc, Underground Kingz is still immense and at the same time generally consistent. Next time one judges southern rap, one must think of Underground Kingz.



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hydeyomoney
February 20th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My summary is so correct you don't even know.

JulesWin
February 20th 2010



993 Comments


great review man
is this better than Ridin' Dirty?

AggravatedYeti
February 20th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YYEESSSS!
album is fucking great.

hydeyomoney
February 20th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nope.

its only .5 less than Ridin' Dirty though, so it's definitely worth a listen.

album is fuckin amazing, thank you very much.

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 20th 2010



3743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After years of albums that seemingly were undercut and felt a bit too short, if only because of the strength of UGK

what

hydeyomoney
February 20th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

uggh i was basically saying some of UGK's albums, other than Ridin Dirty, were a bit too short imo. It's just worded in a shitty way.

Bulldog
February 20th 2010



3796 Comments


seemingly and were should switch places, and after the comma should probably be deleted.

illmitch
February 21st 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, this album got me into southern rap pretty much

MUNGOLOID
February 21st 2010



4277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i will never forgive the grammy's for them not awarding ugk for Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You), NEVER!!!!

illmitch
February 21st 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

speaking of int'l players anthem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zShFldhiU_o

Bulldog
February 21st 2010



3796 Comments


"YOU GON BE THE ONLY OLD ASS NIGGAS UP IN DA CLUB."

iisblackstar
February 21st 2010



431 Comments


love ridin' dirty so this seems like a no brainer, i had to re-read a couple of the sentences though to make sure i understood what you meant but the majority of this review is still pretty good. UGK gettin alot of love on hear lately thanks in no small part to illmitch spreadin the gospel haha

Bulldog
February 22nd 2010



3796 Comments


Ridin Dirty still has very few ratings for it, in relativity to some off the other essenitals.

illmitch
July 25th 2010



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LIKE WE ALWAYS DO BOUT THIS TIME BEEITCH

gabethepiratesquid
April 8th 2012



4521 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I love this album but sometimes the tracks either don't blend well or they get kind of homogenous with the "WAAAHWAHH" guitar effect pedal beats.

guitarded_chuck
September 28th 2013



2785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i fuckin love this, so underrated on here

oltnabrick
October 12th 2013



30144 Comments


I got Bobby by the pound, Whitney by the key
DJ Screw by the gallon, bitch the game belong to me

Digging: Miyuki - Fellow Citizen

guitarded_chuck
November 25th 2013



2785 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so i typed a text to a girl i used to see-->

Tupik
November 26th 2013



671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet Jones ! Uggh
My bitch a choosy lover neva fuck without a ruuuuuber
Never in the sheets like it on top of the cover
Money on the dresser
Drive a Kompresser

Gwyn.
May 16th 2014



14895 Comments


ya can't let no bitch shatter yo dreams~

Digging: Buzzov-en - Sore



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