Underground Kingz

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Underground Kingz
Studio album by UGK
Released August 7, 2007
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Southern hip hop, Gangsta rap
Length 60:59 (Disc 1)
68:02 (Disc 2)
Label Jive
Producer N.O. Joe, AVEREXX, Below, The Blackout Movement, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Jazze Pha, Joe Traxx, John Bido, Lil Jon, Marley Marl, MoMo, Pimp C, Swizz Beatz, DJ B-Do Scarface, The Runners, Yung Fyngas
UGK chronology
Side Hustles
(2002)
Underground Kingz
(2007)
UGK 4 Life
(2009)
Singles from Underground Kingz
  1. "The Game Belongs to Me"
    Released: 2006
  2. "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
    Released: June 6, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Houston Chronicle 3/4 stars[3]
RapReviews 10/10 stars[4]
The New York Times (favorable)[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus B+[8]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[9]
XXL Magazine 4/5 stars (XL)[10]

Underground Kingz is a self-titled double album released by rap group UGK on August 7, 2007. It is the fifth studio album by UGK.

The album includes collaborations with Z-RO, T.I., Talib Kweli, Rick Ross, Jazze Pha, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Slim Thug, Dizzee Rascal, Too Short, Charlie Wilson, Middle Fingaz, OutKast, Three 6 Mafia, and many more. Production mainly came from Pimp C, N.O. Joe, Lil Jon, Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Scarface and Marley Marl.

The first single was believed to be "Stop-N-Go," but it was confirmed that the first single was "The Game Belongs To Me", produced by N.O. Joe.

The second single was "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)" featuring OutKast, and the video was released on 106 and Park, June 16, 2007. The track is a remix of "Players Anthem" featuring Three 6 Mafia (both versions were produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J). The video was awarded Video of the Year at the 2008 annual BET Hip-Hop awards. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. This song was #10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007, and reached #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their only song to chart there.

Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 songs of the 2000s" listed the song at number 43. The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 156,000 copies sold in its first week.[11] It was their first album since Pimp C had finished serving a lengthy prison term.[12] The album was also Pimp C's final performance before his untimely death on December 4, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA about four months after the album's release. As of 2011, it has sold 498,454 copies.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Swishas and Dosha"   Steve Below, Pimp C (co.) 5:11
2. "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (featuring OutKast) DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:19
3. "Chrome Plated Woman"   Pimp C 4:17
4. "Life Is 2009" (featuring Too $hort) Scarface, Randy "Big Tyme" Jefferson (add.) 4:07
5. "The Game Belongs to Me"   N.O. Joe, AVEREXX, Pimp C (co.) 5:14
6. "Like That (Remix)"   Steve Below, Pimp C (co.) 3:50
7. "Gravy"   AVEREXX, Pimp C (co.) 4:57
8. "Underground Kingz"   Pimp C 4:33
9. "Grind Hard" (featuring Young T.O.E. & DJ B-Do) DJ B-Do, Pimp C (co.) 4:03
10. "Take tha Hood Back" (featuring Slim Thug, Vicious & Middle Fingaz) The Runners 5:36
11. "Quit Hatin' the South" (featuring Charlie Wilson & Willie D) Pimp C 6:06
12. "Heaven"   Pimp C, N.O. Joe 4:20
13. "Trill Niggas Don't Die" (featuring Z-Ro) John Bido, Yung Fyngas, Joe Traxx, Pimp C (co.) 4:27
Disc 2
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "How Long Can It Last" (featuring Charlie Wilson) Pimp C, N.O. Joe 6:47
2. "Still Ridin' Dirty" (featuring Scarface) Scarface 5:19
3. "Stop-N-Go" (featuring Jazze Pha) Jazze Pha 3:54
4. "Cocaine" (featuring Rick Ross) N.O. Joe, The BlackOut Movement, Pimp C (co.) 4:50
5. "Two Type of Bitches" (featuring Dizzee Rascal & Pimpin' Ken) MoMo, Pimp C (co.), N.O. Joe 4:56
6. "Real Women" (featuring Talib Kweli & Raheem DeVaughn) Pimp C, N.O. Joe 4:32
7. "Candy"   Scarface, Randy "Bigg Tyme" Jefferson (co.) 3:30
8. "Tell Me How Ya Feel"   Jazze Pha 4:25
9. "Shattered Dreams"   Pimp C 5:14
10. "Like That"   Lil Jon 2:47
11. "Next Up" (featuring Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap) Marley Marl 3:03
12. "Living This Life"   N.O. Joe, Joe Scorsese 5:07
13. "Outro"   Cory Mo 0:49
Samples

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 1
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Jeffries (2007-08-07). "Underground Kingz - UGK". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. ^ Chris Schonberger (2007-08-03). "Underground Kingz Review". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ "The latest by UGK puts duo in rapper royalty". Chron.com. 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ "Feature for August 7, 2007 - UGK's "Underground Kingz"". Rapreviews.com. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2007-08-07). "Pimp C - Bun B - UGK - Music - New York Times". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Underground Kingz". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  7. ^ (Posted: Aug 1, 2007) (2007-08-01). "UGK (Underground Kingz) : Underground Kingz". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  8. ^ "UGK - Underground Kings - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  9. ^ August 06, 2007 in Reviews. "This week's reviews: UGK, Kat, Jonas, Zap, Grace, Emerson & Constantine - Listen Up". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  10. ^ "UGK Underground Kingz". Xxlmag.com. 2007-01-30. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  11. ^ "UGK Score First #1 Album". Web.archive.org. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  12. ^ "Bun B Talks About the Final UGK Album". Pitchfork. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  13. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for UGK. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  14. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for UGK. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
Preceded by
Finding Forever by Common
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 19–25, 2007
Succeeded by
High School Musical 2 Soundtrack