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 debut EP The Southern Way in 1992. It was distributed by local record label Bigtyme Recordz and only available as an audio cassette. They quickly 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. It performed better than either of its predecessors, and almost broke into the Hot 200’s top-ten, before stopping short at #15. Ridin’ Dirty would also be UGK’s last album for the time being, as they went on a five year hiatus not long afterward.

In the interim, UGK made a high-profile guest appearance on Jay-Z’s 2000 smash hit “Big Pimpin” and also appeared on Three 6 Mafia’s hit “Sippin’ on Some Sizzurp” later the very same year. Both of these collaborations greatly increased their reputation, and helped fuel anticipation for their next project. Unfortunately, Jive failed to capitalize on this new-found interest in the duo, as their sixth album, 2001’s Dirty Money, came and went with little or no fanfare.

Further problems arose in 2002, when Pimp C was incarcerated for an aggravated gun assault charge on January 28. Throughout the time of his incarceration, Bun B carried on the UGK name by making numerous guest appearances on songs by other artists, with every appearance either mentioning Pimp C or featuring a “Free Pimp C!” or “Free the Pimp” chant. Many of UGK’s peers did the same, and mentioned Pimp C in their own songs with or without Bun B. During this period, Jive released a Best of UGK album, as well as a Chopped & Screwed remix album.

As a result of Pimp C’s incarceration, both members of UGK began solo careers out of necessity. Rap-A-Lot Records released Pimp C’s solo debut, Sweet James Jones Stories, on March 1, 2005. Bun B later released his own solo foray, Trill, on October 18, 2005. It opened at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200, and also peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart. It was quickly certified gold by the RIAA.

On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and was scheduled to be on parole until December 2009. He released his first post-incarceration album, titled Pimpalation, on July 25, 2006.

UGK released Underground Kingz, their 7th studio album in August 2007. The two-disc, 26-track album hit #1 on the Billboard charts after selling 157,000 copies in its first week, strongly supported by the hit single Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You). The single featured OutKast, and used a beat created by Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul and Juicy J, which was originally used in a song by Project Pat.

On December 4th, 2007, Pimp C was found dead at age 33 in his room at Hollywood’s La Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles, California, where he had been playing shows with Too $hort. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Pimp C died from accidental overdose of Promethazine/Codeine “syrup” combined with a preexisting medical condition known as sleep apnea, which causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. He was buried on December 11th, 2007 in his hometown of Port Arthur, TX.

Song lyric Good Stuff GOOD STUFF UGK
Song lyric Return RETURN UGK
Song lyric 7th Street Interlude 7TH STREET INTERLUDE UGK
Song lyric Ain't That a Bitch (Ask Yourself) AIN'T THAT A BITCH (ASK YOURSELF) UGK
Song lyric Bumper And Grill BUMPER AND GRILL UGK
Song lyric Candy CANDY UGK
Song lyric Choppin' Blades CHOPPIN' BLADES UGK
Song lyric Cocaine COCAINE UGK
Song lyric Cocaine In the Back of the Ride COCAINE IN THE BACK OF THE RIDE UGK
Song lyric Cramping My Style CRAMPING MY STYLE UGK
Song lyric Da Game Been Good to Me DA GAME BEEN GOOD TO ME UGK
Song lyric Diamonds And Wood DIAMONDS AND WOOD UGK
Song lyric Don't Say Shit DON'T SAY SHIT UGK
Song lyric Everybody Wanna Ball EVERYBODY WANNA BALL UGK
Song lyric Feds In Town FEDS IN TOWN UGK
Song lyric Feel Like I'm the One Who's Doin' Dope FEEL LIKE I'M THE ONE WHO'S DOIN' DOPE UGK
Song lyric Gravy GRAVY UGK
Song lyric Hi Life HI LIFE UGK
Song lyric Hiside HISIDE UGK
Song lyric Hit the Block HIT THE BLOCK UGK
Song lyric Holdin' Na HOLDIN' NA UGK
Song lyric How Long Can It Last HOW LONG CAN IT LAST UGK
Song lyric Inl'l Players Anthem INL'L PLAYERS ANTHEM UGK
Song lyric Int'l Players Anthem INT'L PLAYERS ANTHEM UGK
Song lyric Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) INT'L PLAYERS ANTHEM (I CHOOSE YOU) UGK
Song lyric It's Supposed to Bubble IT'S SUPPOSED TO BUBBLE UGK
Song lyric It's Too Hard to Swallow IT'S TOO HARD TO SWALLOW UGK
Song lyric Let Me See It LET ME SEE IT UGK
Song lyric Like That LIKE THAT UGK
Song lyric Like a Pimp LIKE A PIMP UGK
Song lyric Live Wires Connect LIVE WIRES CONNECT UGK
Song lyric Look At Me LOOK AT ME UGK
Song lyric Murder MURDER UGK
Song lyric Next Up NEXT UP UGK
Song lyric One Day ONE DAY U.G.K.
Song lyric One Day ONE DAY UGK
Song lyric Pinky Ring PINKY RING UGK
Song lyric Playaz From The South PLAYAZ FROM THE SOUTH U.G.K.
Song lyric Player's Anthem PLAYER'S ANTHEM UGK
Song lyric Pocket Full of Stones POCKET FULL OF STONES UGK
Song lyric Purse Come First PURSE COME FIRST UGK
Song lyric Quit Hatin' the South QUIT HATIN' THE SOUTH UGK
Song lyric Ridin' Dirty RIDIN' DIRTY UGK
Song lyric She Luv It SHE LUV IT UGK
Song lyric Short Texas SHORT TEXAS UGK
Song lyric Take It Off TAKE IT OFF UGK
Song lyric Take Tha Hood Back TAKE THA HOOD BACK UGK
Song lyric Take tha Hood Back (Slim Thug, Vicious & Middle Fingaz) TAKE THA HOOD BACK (SLIM THUG, VICIOUS & MIDDLE FINGAZ) UGK
Song lyric Tell Me How Ya Feel TELL ME HOW YA FEEL UGK
Song lyric Tell Me Something Good TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD UGK
Song lyric The Game Belongs to Me THE GAME BELONGS TO ME UGK
Song lyric Three Sixteens THREE SIXTEENS UGK
Song lyric Trill Niggas Don't Die TRILL NIGGAS DON'T DIE UGK
Song lyric Underground Kingz UNDERGROUND KINGZ UGK
Song lyric Use Me Up USE ME UP UGK
Song lyric Wood Wheel WOOD WHEEL UGK