Underground Kingz

Underground Kingz

by UGK

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Overview

Underground Kingz

When UGK member Pimp C was released from prison in late 2005, his anxiousness to get the group back in the game after three years off was obvious. Combine this with his partner Bun B's loyalty to UGK -- he begrudgingly released a great solo album in September of 2005, just to keep the brand going -- and it sure seemed like the late-2006 street date announced for their comeback effort was more likely to be pushed up than pushed back. Then Pimp C released a solo album and the group's promised double CD with too many guest stars to mention was pushed back for the first of many times, which often means "unruly mess." Underground Kingz, the album, is a glorious triumph over all these challenges that earns its two-disc sprawl, and while it can't turn back time, the missed street dates were a small price to pay for something so solid. The guest list is a case of "real recognize real" and UGK themselves have lost none of their skills, with Bun B being the stone cold soldier he always was while the Pimp stirs it up verbally and doubles as the main, hook-loving producer of the album. He shares duties with the legendary Scarface (three tracks including the highlight "Candy"), Jazze Pha (the surprising, minimal success "Stop-n-Go"), plus Juicy J and DJ Paul, who craft a soulful backing track that's as big and grand as the UGK/OutKast collabo it supports. Almost stealing the show is Averexx, who gives "The Game Belongs to Me" a proper slide, although it's hard to go wrong with a chorus as good as "I got Bobby by the pound/Whitney by the key/DJ Screw by the gallon/B*tch the game belongs to me." Now Pimp C used a Bobby and Whitney metaphor on his solo album and a couple remixes of "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" could be considered borderline filler, but the double-disc ride doesn't feel redundant till the songs read "bonus track." Strategically dropping the hard street tracks among the club numbers helps, as do a couple steps outside the duo's comfort zone, the most notable being "Two Type of B******," featuring U.K. garage rapper Dizzee Rascal. At the center of this is all is the undeniable chemistry between Pimp C and Bun B. Both strong on their own, there's that certain something when they get together, a something complementary and extraordinary. Time to stop worrying if the reunited UGK will be nearly as good as they were -- save 1996's Ridin' Dirty, they're better -- and time to start wondering how they'll top this one. [Underground Kingz was also made available in a clean version, with all explicit material removed.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Jive
UPC: 0886970263320
catalogNumber: 702633
Rank: 107536

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

UGK   Primary Artist
Scarface   Guitar,Keyboards
Kenneth Crouch   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
N.O. Joe   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Craig Love   Guitar
Joel Kipnis   Guitar
Jonathan Pryce   Bass
Thomasha Simmons   Vocals
Victor Williamson   Guitar
Aaron Clay   Bass
Rick Marcel   Guitar
Ced "Keyz" Williams   Keyboards
Joshua "Trumpet Solo" Lopez   Guitar
Danny "Styles" Schofield   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Anthony Nickels   Bass
Caleb Speir   Bass
Jeff Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Composer
Gladys Knight   Composer
Scarface   Producer,Audio Production
Eric Paul   Composer
Phalon Alexander   Composer
John Bido   Producer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Kenneth Crouch   String Arrangements
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Composer
Benny Latimore   Composer
Marley Marl   Producer,Audio Production
Pimp C   Audio Production
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Todd Shaw   Composer
Winston Thomas   Composer,Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Nick Zesses   Composer
Mike Moore   Engineer
N.O. Joe   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Brad Jordan   Composer
Chad Butler   Composer
Jazze Pha   Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Craig Love   Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Daniel Hastings   Art Direction,Cover Design
Momo   Producer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Marlon Williams   Composer
Cee Lo Green   Composer
Thomasha Simmons   Composer
DJ Paul   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rich Tapper   Engineer
Paul Beauregard   Composer
Nathaniel Wilson   Composer
Antonio Hardy   Composer
Randy Jefferson   Composer
Juicy J   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
J. Prince   Executive Producer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer
Jordan Houston   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Jonathan Smith   Composer
Kobie Brown   Sample Clearance
Bun B   Executive Producer
Ollie Moore   Composer
Zachary Wallace   Composer
Rico Wade   Composer
Jeff Gilligan   Art Direction
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Patrick Brown   Composer
Mark Moody   Engineer
Dylan Mills   Composer
Nico Solis   Engineer
Raymond "Yoda" Murray   Composer
George Hill   Composer
Cory Mo   Producer,Engineer
Mike Foster   Engineer
Joe Traxx   Producer,Engineer
William Roberts   Composer
Stephen Siravo   Engineer
Omar Reyna   Engineer
Averexx   Producer,Engineer
Jake Casillas   Engineer
DJ B Doe   Producer,Engineer
Yung Fyngas   Producer
David Irlanda   Cover Design
Randy "Bigg Tyme" Jefferson   Producer
Ollie "Moe Moe" More   Engineer
Marisa Pizarro   Sample Clearance
Joe Scorsese   Producer
Tim Sturges   Vocal Engineer
Andrew Harr   Composer

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