UGK 4 Life

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UGK 4 Life
Studio album by UGK
Released March 31, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Southern rap, Gangsta rap
Length 58:20
Label Jive/Epic
Producer Pimp C, Averexx, Mannie Fresh, Akon, Cory Mo, Steve Below, DJ B-Do
UGK chronology
Underground Kingz
(2007)
UGK 4 Life
(2009)
Singles from UGK 4 Life
  1. "Da Game Been Good to Me"
    Released: January 16, 2009

UGK 4 Life is the sixth and final studio album from the hip-hop duo 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.[2] In March 2008, 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.[4] It was made available on iTunes on February 20, 2009.[5] Bun B stated he recorded a song dedicated to his late partner Pimp C.[3]

Bun B stated that he would not experiment with new collaborations or producers.[1]

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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Associated Press (favorable)[8]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[10]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[11]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[12]
Vibe (favorable)[13]

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]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Chad Butler, Corey Moore Cory Mo 1:45
2. "Still on the Grind" (featuring Raheem DeVaughn) Steve Below, Butler, Bernard Freeman Steve Below 4:13
3. "Everybody Wanna Ball"   Butler, Freeman, Moore Cory Mo 3:57
4. "Feelin' You"   Below, Butler, Howard Beverly, Freeman Steve Below 3:54
5. "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
6. "She Luv It"   Butler, Freeman, Moore Cory Mo 3:53
7. "7th Street" (Interlude) Butler, Michael Dean, Freeman Pimp C, Mike Dean (co.) 1:26
8. "Swishas & Erb" (featuring Sleepy Brown) Ruben Bailey, Patrick Brown, Butler, Freeman, Rico Wade Pimp C, Averexx 4:02
9. "Purse Come First" (featuring Big Gipp) Butler, Freeman, Cameron Gipp, Michael Hawkins, Lee Hutson, Jr. DJ B-Do, Pimp C 4:23
10. "Harry Asshole" (featuring Lil' Boosie & Webbie) Butler, Freeman, Webster Gradney, Jr., Torrence Hatch, Moore Cory Mo 4:15
11. "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 5:40
12. "Steal Your Mind" (featuring Too $hort & Snoop Dogg) Below, Calvin Broadus, Jr., Butler, Freeman, Todd Shaw Steve Below 4:45
13. "Texas Ave." (Interlude) Butler, Dean, Freeman Pimp C, Mike Dean (co.) 1:16
14. "Hard as Hell" (featuring Akon) Butler, Freeman, Aliaune Thiam, Giorgio Tuinfort Akon, Giorgio Tuinfort (co.) 3:55
15. "Da Game Been Good to Me"   Butler, Freeman, Pimp C, Averexx 4:20
16. "Outro"   Freeman, Moore Cory Mo 3:11
  • (co.) denotes Co-Producer.
Sample credits
  • "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]

Adapted from Allmusic.[15]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rodriguez, Jayson (2009-01-23). "Bun B To Release One Last UGK Album". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. ^ "UGK Rapper Pimp C Found Dead In L.A.". Billboard. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  3. ^ a b Burgess, Omar (2008-03-10). "Bun B Says Another UGK Album Is Forthcoming". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  4. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (2009-01-28). "DX News Bits: Havoc, UGK". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Da Game Been Good to Me - Single by UGK". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  6. ^ "UGK Throws Listening Party for UGK 4 Life [Exclusive Coverage]". DJBooth.net. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  7. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2009-03-16). "UGK 4Life - UGK | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Album review: The posthumous triumph of 'UGK 4 Life'". April 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Pitchfork. 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  11. ^ Sargent, Jordan. "UGK: UGK 4 Life". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ Golianopoulos, Thomas (2009-03-23). "'' Review". Spin.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  13. ^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  14. ^ "UGK:UGK 4 Life (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  15. ^ "UGK 4Life - UGK". AllMusic. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  16. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for UGK. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  17. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for UGK. Retrieved September 19, 2013.