is the sixth and final studio album from the hip-hop duo UGK 4 Life UGK. It was released on March 31, 2009. This is also the first posthumous album for Pimp C. [1 ]
Background [ edit ]
On December 4, 2007,
Pimp C was found dead in his California hotel room. In March 2008, [2 ] Bun B confirmed the final studio album would be dedicated to the late Pimp C. [3 ]
Recording [ edit ]
The first single "
Da Game Been Good to Me" was released onto the Internet on January 16, 2009. It was made available on iTunes on February 20, 2009. [4 ] Bun B stated he recorded a song dedicated to his late partner [5 ] Pimp C. [3 ]
Bun B stated that he would not experiment with new collaborations or producers.
This album is not about who I wanna work with and what kind of beats I wanna do, this album is about what the people wanna hear, and that's Bun and Pimp. And I wanna try to give that to them in the most purest sense."
In addition to Pimp C, production came from producers such as
Mannie Fresh, Akon, Cory Mo, Steve Below and DJ B-Do. Collaborators include Ronald Isley, Lil Boosie, Webbie, Too Short, Snoop Dogg, Sleepy Brown, Big Gipp, Akon & Raheem DeVaughn. [6 ]
Reception [ edit ]
Initial critical response to
UGK 4 Life was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 84, based on 9 reviews. [14 ]
UGK 4 Life debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 selling 76,419 copies in its first week. As of 2011, it is their lowest selling album with 217,220 copies sold.
Track listing [ edit ]
Chad Butler, Corey Moore Cory Mo
"Still on the Grind"
(featuring Raheem DeVaughn) Steve Below, Butler,
Bernard Freeman Steve Below
"Everybody Wanna Ball"
Butler, Freeman, Moore
Howard Beverly, Freeman Steve Below
"The Pimp & The Bun"
(featuring Ron Isley) Butler, Freeman,
Marvin Isley, Ronald Isley, Ernie Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Chris Jasper
Mannie Fresh 3:32
"She Luv It"
Butler, Freeman, Moore
Michael Dean, Freeman
Pimp C, Mike Dean (co.) 1:26
"Swishas & Erb"
(featuring Sleepy Brown) Ruben Bailey,
Patrick Brown, Butler, Freeman, Rico Wade Pimp C, Averexx
"Purse Come First"
(featuring Big Gipp) Butler, Freeman,
Cameron Gipp, Michael Hawkins, Lee Hutson, Jr.
DJ B-Do, Pimp C 4:23
(featuring Lil' Boosie & Webbie) Butler, Freeman,
Webster Gradney, Jr., Torrence Hatch, Moore Cory Mo
"Used to Be"
(featuring 8Ball & MJG, B-Legit & E-40) Butler, Freeman,
Marlon Goodwin, Premro Smith, Brandt Jones, Earl Stevens Pimp C, DJ B-Do
"Steal Your Mind"
(featuring Too $hort & Snoop Dogg) Below,
Calvin Broadus, Jr., Butler, Freeman, Todd Shaw Steve Below
(Interlude) Butler, Dean, Freeman
Pimp C, Mike Dean
"Hard as Hell"
(featuring Akon) Butler, Freeman,
Aliaune Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort
Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort (co.) 3:55
Da Game Been Good to Me" Butler, Freeman,
Pimp C, Averexx
(co.) denotes Co-Producer.
"Still on the Grind" contains samples of "Don't Mess With Mr. T" by
Marvin Gaye. "Everybody Wanna Ball" contains samples of "
Big Pimpin'" by Jay-Z and UGK. "Feelin' You" contains samples of "Feel That You're Feelin'" by
Maze. "The Pimp & The Bun" contains samples of "Here We Go Again" by
The Isley Brothers. "Swishas & Erb" contains samples of "Peaches & Erb" by
Society of Soul. "Purse Come First" contains samples of "Try Love Again" by
The Natural Four. "Harry Asshole" contains samples of "I Left It Wet For You" by
UGK and alludes lyrics from "Let Me See It" by UGK.
Personnel [ edit ]
Allmusic. [15 ]
Ruben Bailey: Composer
Keith Bardin: Photography
Steve Below: Composer, Producer
Frankie Beverly: Composer
Leslie Brathwaite: Mixing
Calvin Broadus: Composer
Patrick Brown : Composer
Bun B: Executive Producer
Chad Butler: Composer
Mike Dean: Mixing, Producer
Hal Fitzgerald: Engineer
Pam Francis: Photography
Mannie Fresh: Producer
Jeff Gilligan: Art Direction, Design
Cameron K-Oz Gipp: Composer
Michael Hawkins: Composer
Lee Hutson, Jr.: Composer
Ernie Isley: Composer
Marvin Isley: Composer
O'Kelly Isley: Composer
Ronald Isley: Composer
Rudolph Isley: Composer
Chris Jasper: Composer
Anzel "Intl Red" Jennings: A&R
Brandt Jones: Composer
Rick Marcel: Guitar
Clay Patrick McBride: Photography
Mike Mo: Engineer, Mixing
Corey Moore: Composer
Raymond "Yoda" Murray: Composer
J. Prince: Executive Producer
Ari Raskin: Engineer
Todd Shaw: Composer
Jeffrey Sledge: A&R
Premro Smith: Composer
Chris Soper: Engineer
Earl Stevens: Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam: Composer
Giorgio Tuinfort: Composer, Producer
Rico Wade: Composer
Chart positions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Rodriguez, Jayson (2009-01-23). "Bun B To Release One Last UGK Album". Web.archive.org . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "UGK Rapper Pimp C Found Dead In L.A.". Billboard. 2005-12-30 . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ a b Burgess, Omar (2008-03-10). "Bun B Says Another UGK Album Is Forthcoming". HipHop DX . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ Ortiz, Edwin (2009-01-28). "DX News Bits: Havoc, UGK". HipHop DX . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "iTunes - Music - Da Game Been Good to Me - Single by UGK". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-02-12 . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "UGK Throws Listening Party for UGK 4 Life [Exclusive Coverage]". DJBooth.net. 2009-02-21 . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ Review by David Jeffries (2009-03-16). "UGK 4Life - UGK | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "Album review: The posthumous triumph of 'UGK 4 Life. April 2, 2009. '"
^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Pitchfork. 2009-05-26 . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ Sargent, Jordan. "UGK: UGK 4 Life". PopMatters . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ Golianopoulos, Thomas (2009-03-23). ". Spin.com '' Review" . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08 . Retrieved . 2014-05-12
^ "UGK:UGK 4 Life (2009): Reviews". . CNET Networks, Inc Metacritic . Retrieved . 2009-04-07
^ "UGK 4Life - UGK". AllMusic. 2009-03-16 . Retrieved . 2012-03-12
^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for UGK. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
^ " UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for UGK. Retrieved September 19, 2013.