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Port Arthur, Texas, USA (1987 – 2007)

UGK (short for Underground Kingz) were a hip-hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, USA. Formed in 1987 by long-time friends Chad “Pimp C” Butler and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, they were highly respected by many of their peers, due in part to their longevity and their entrenchment in hip-hop’s underground.

UGK, from Port Arthur, TX, the neighboring city to Beaumont, TX, released their first album in 1988. Titled The Southern Way, it was distributed by local record label Bigtyme Recordz and only available as an audio cassette. In 1992, they had caught the attention of Jive Records, and were signed to a five album record contract. Their major label debut album Too Hard to Swallow was released later that same year, on November 10. 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 Too Hard to Swallow’s release, on an EP distributed by Bigtyme Recordz; appropriately enough, the EP was titled Banned.

Their sophomore album Super Tight… was released two years later, on August 30. Unlike their previous effort, it managed to break into the Billboard Hot 200, but ultimately peaked at a disappointing #95. Two more years passed before the release of their third album, Ridin’ Dirty.


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  • L_Kaninchen

    Взлольлнул с русскоязычного описания.

    9 Aug 9:40am Reply
  • timmahsound

    Hi life is so underrated! Best verse by Bun hands down

    28 Mar 3:00pm Reply
  • eerieBell

    UGK <3

    24 Mar 6:26pm Reply
  • NuSliq

    RIP Chad Butler 12/29/73-12/4/07. UGK 4 Life.

    13 Mar 6:18am Reply
  • ghettobastard0

    Every album is a classic.

    27 Feb 10:44am Reply
  • SadieSadSadist

    On these mid-90s UGK tracks, Bun rides beats so fucking smoothly. Matched only by Meth.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • oseland

    RIP Chad Butler 12/29/73-12/4/07. UGK 4 Life.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • YoungMuser

    Straight Classic, no questions about it.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tolkkii

    that's because everyone else has screws GOAT mix of Pregnant Pussy in rotation instead. you should too if you've been sleeping on it

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Underground Kingz

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mrrnn

    too hard = ridin dirty = super tight > everything else

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • oltnabrick1

    pregnant pussy should be in the top 15 [3]

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • smuckersjelly26

    pregnant pussy should be in the top 15, truly a heartfelt song. [2]

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Alin_

    'I'm stayin true, I'm out here whippin my Mercedes Fuckin with the midnight ladies - the game is cold but it's gravy I'm bangin Screwwww, my young girl lookin fine We stayin out here on the grind - and keepin money on our mi-ii-iind'

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Music-Ninja

    pregnant pussy should be in the top 15, truly a heartfelt song.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • IAJP

    loved ridin' dirty for a few years now..not enough love for super tight though...i left it wet fuh' ya niggah!

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Alin_

    that Pimp C intro sample on the new Jay-Z album, PRICELESS

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Isco91

    There's C&S versions of Front, Back & Side to Side, and It's Supposed To Bubble for sure.

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jjjjjjjjjjjjonj

    did dj screw ever chop anything off Super Tight? it's already such a heavy album but..

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Isco91

    Super Tight is so underrated.

    22 May 2013 Reply
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