UGK
UGK 4 Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by pixiesfanyo USER (118 Reviews)
March 30th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: UGK's final opus.

UGK should be remembered for how legitimate they were able to remain during their fifteen year history. From "Too Hard to Swallow" to "Underground Kingz," the Houston, Texas, duo has managed to exist through a variety of rap trends all while sounding as if they belonged in each. "UGK 4 Life," the group's final record, finds living member Bun B sifting through previous UGK sounds to make one lasting impression about what the group represents. While most posthumous rap records seem pieced together from remaining sessions (see Big L's "The Big Picture" for an example), "UGK 4 Life" succeeds in having a solid sound throughout. Bun B is clearly not trying to profit off of his friend's legacy. Instead, the record succeeds with a continuation of the production found on "Underground Kingz" and a more diverse rap style from both Bun and Pimp. Additionally, excess tracks such as freestyles or remixes have been omitted. Pimp C, who was formally the group's main producer, had a talent for finding and creating beats that sounded organic. "Ridin' Dirty", arguably the group's best was marked by its closer which was seemingly a jam session with Pimp C musing over it. The layered approach to production taken on "Ridin' Dirty" is fully explored throughout "UGK 4 Life." The instrumental prowess on the record also streamlines itself in the artists themselves with Pimp and Bun spitting some of their most imaginative as well as basic rhymes of their careers. 'Purse Come First' features one of Bun B's strongest verses as he speaks on political situations with his trademark swagger. On the flip side Pimp C is declaring his distaste for unshaved women on tracks like ‘She Luv It’ and ‘Harry Asshole.'

A clear theme on "UGK 4 Life" is one of celebration. Openers ‘Still on the Grind’ and ‘Everybody Wanna Ball’ show UGK loving their recent popularity and are as great as any other UGK classic. 'Steal Your Mind,' featuring Snoop Dogg and Too Short, exists past being simply a collaboration track. Pimp C’s love of programmed drums carries this track, its production sounding rhythmically similar to those of El-P and Def Jux. Smoother tracks like 'The Pimp and the Bun' and 'Swishas and Erb' escape R&B clichés and feature extremely aggressive verses from both Bun B and Pimp C. 'Hard as Hell' is the obvious low mark. Akon's contribution feels strange and while it works, it just comes off as stale and overdone. 'Used to Be' acts as the posse cut on "4 Life" and the list of artists from B-Real to E-40 bring great performances over what is probably the album's best beat. Closer 'Da Game Been Good To Me' ends with Pimp C and Bun B discussing fellow rappers and how they alone as UGK have achieved such a reign of dominance. It is an emotional track, being that it is probably the last closer of UGK’s history. The listener is left with the feeling that perhaps Pimp C finally achieved peace, which is also this album’s main strength - how it captures Pimp C not as a fallen rapper, but as his personality should be remembered. 'Outro' speaks on the idea perfectly and although Bun B may now be alone, his work with Pimp C will always remain as that which thoroughly defined southern rap. Excessive, sexual, and catchy, UGK has crafted the most definitive template for the southern rap record. Sadly, it'll be their last.



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illmitch
March 31st 2009


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I seriously can't wait to get this album. UGK are the group that introduced me to southern hip hop, and I'm extremely excited for this.



Great review.

Apocalyptic Raids
March 31st 2009


810 Comments


will definitely be picking this up soon

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 31st 2009


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

definitely good stuff. good job mr fanyo

illmitch
March 31st 2009


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just gave this my first listen, and I'm loving it.

rikkisteve
March 31st 2009


43 Comments


One of the greatest rap duos ever. RIP Pimp C. Southern Rap at its best.

illmitch
March 31st 2009


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This deserves a lot more attention than the few comments it's gotten. Will everybody on Sputnik stop obsessing over Anticon and Rhymesayers records and get into some real stuff?

joshuatree
Emeritus
March 31st 2009


3741 Comments


need to get this

Jawaharal
March 31st 2009


1832 Comments


UGK is probably my favorite rap duo of all time.

4 Life is really good too.

sgrevs
March 31st 2009


698 Comments


Must get soon, great review.

illmitch
April 1st 2009


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The interludes are so good on this album...Pimp C seriously kills it on 7th Street.

superae
April 1st 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's aight. Not up to UGK's high standards.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 4th 2009


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ballEverybody wanna ball

bastard
April 4th 2009


3432 Comments


i need to hear this, Underground Kingz was a ownage album

nice review jared

karina
April 7th 2009


165 Comments


niggaz just ball wit a bottle in they handz

gaslightanthem
April 9th 2009


5208 Comments


how does this compare to ridin dirty?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 9th 2009


4970 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

suckin on my d*ck like a chicken waaannggg, chicken wang wanna ball everybody wanna ball



it's not as good, that's a classic, but it's still awesome.

gaslightanthem
April 9th 2009


5208 Comments


sick i loved that album, was close to a 4.5 for me. will check this

rikkisteve
April 28th 2009


43 Comments


I still remember cruisin' around Houston @ 4am listening to Ridin' Dirty and Screw. UGK will always be my favorite rap group of all time. Nothing will ever compare to Ridin' Dirty, but I'm stoked to check this out. Good review.

RIP Pimp C
RIP ScrewThis Message Edited On 04.28.09



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