Underground Kingz

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Underground Kingz
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Studio album by UGK
Released August 7, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Hip hop, southern hip hop
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)Side Hustles2002
Underground Kingz
(2007)
UGK 4 Life
(2009)UGK 4 Life2009
Singles from Underground Kingz
  1. "The Game Belongs to Me"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
    Released: June 6, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Houston Chronicle3/4 stars[3]
RapReviews(10/10)[4]
The New York Times(favorable)[5]
Pitchfork Media(8.4/10)[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineB+[8]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[9]
XXL4/5 stars (XL)[10]

Underground Kingz is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo UGK. The album was released on August 7, 2007, by Jive Records. 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[by whom?] 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 "Int'l Players 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 number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007, and reached number 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 160,000 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 death on December 4, 2007, in Los Angeles, California, four months after the album's release. As of 2011, it has sold 500,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[13]

Disc 1
No.TitleProducer(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 J4:19
3."Chrome Plated Woman"Pimp C4:17
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 C4:33
9."Grind Hard" (featuring Young T.O.E. and DJ B-Do)DJ B-Do, Pimp C (co.)4:03
10."Take tha Hood Back" (featuring Slim Thug, Vicious and Middle Fingaz)The Runners5:36
11."Quit Hatin' the South" (featuring Charlie Wilson and Willie D)Pimp C6:06
12."Heaven"Pimp C, N.O. Joe4:20
13."Trill Niggas Don't Die" (featuring Z-Ro)John Bido, Yung Fyngas, Joe Traxx, Pimp C (co.)4:27
Disc 2
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."How Long Can It Last" (featuring Charlie Wilson)Pimp C, N.O. Joe6:47
2."Still Ridin' Dirty" (featuring Scarface)Scarface5:19
3."Stop-N-Go" (featuring Jazze Pha)Jazze Pha3:54
4."Cocaine" (featuring Rick Ross)N.O. Joe, The BlackOut Movement, Pimp C (co.)4:50
5."Two Type of Bitches" (featuring Dizzee Rascal and Pimpin' Ken)MoMo, Pimp C (co.), N.O. Joe4:56
6."Real Women" (featuring Talib Kweli and Raheem DeVaughn)Pimp C, N.O. Joe4:32
7."Candy"Scarface, Randy "Bigg Tyme" Jefferson (co.)3:30
8."Tell Me How Ya Feel"Jazze Pha4:25
9."Shattered Dreams"Pimp C5:14
10."Like That"Lil Jon2:47
11."Next Up" (featuring Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap)Marley Marl3:03
12."Living This Life"N.O. Joe, Joe Scorsese5:07
13."Outro"Cory Mo0:49
14."Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (featuring Three 6 Mafia) (Chopped & Screwed by OG Ron C) (bonus track)DJ Paul, Juicy J5:31
15."Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" (featuring Three 6 Mafia) (bonus track)DJ Paul, Juicy J3:20
16."Hit the Block" (featuring T.I.) (bonus track)Swizz Beatz3:58
Samples
  • "Swishas and Dosha" contains a sample of "From Step to You" by Stephen J. Rideau.
  • "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" contains samples of "I Choose You" by Willie Hutch and "I Choose You" by Project Pat.
  • "Chrome Plated Woman" contains a sample of "Hercules" by Allen Toussaint.
  • "Life Is 2009" contains a sample of "Life is... Too Short" by Too Short.
  • "Grind Hard" contains a sample of "Cocaine In The Back of the Ride" by UGK.
  • "Quit Hatin' the South" contains a sample of "Let's Straighten It Out" by Benny Latimore.
  • "Trill Niggas Don't Die" contains a sample of "I Just Want to Celebrate" by Nick Zesses & Dino Fekaris.
  • "How Long Can It Last" contains a sample of "Something in the Past" by One Way.
  • "Still Ridin' Dirty" contains a sample of "The Fix" by Scarface.
  • "Two Type of Bitches" contains a sample of "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare" by Gladys Knight & The Pips.
  • "Real Women" contains a sample of "Can't Hide Love" by Earth, Wind, & Fire.
  • "Candy" contains a sample of "Bridge Thru Time" by Lonnie Liston Smith.
  • "Shattered Dreams" contains a sample of "Goin' Thru School and Love" by Raydio.
  • "Next Up" contains a sample of "The Symphony" by Juice Crew.
  • "Living This Life" contains samples of "Free" by Goodie Mob and "Free at Last" by Al Green.
  • "Hit the Block" contains a sample of "Spit Your Game (Remix)" by The Notorious B.I.G..

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Chris Schonberger (August 3, 2007). "Underground Kingz Review". EW.com. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The latest by UGK puts duo in rapper royalty". Chron.com. August 8, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Feature for August 7, 2007 - UGK's "Underground Kingz"". Rapreviews.com. August 7, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (August 7, 2007). "Pimp C - Bun B - UGK - Music - New York Times". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on August 29, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
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  8. ^ "UGK - Underground Kings - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  9. ^ August 06, 2007 in Reviews. "This week's reviews: UGK, Kat, Jonas, Zap, Grace, Emerson & Constantine - Listen Up". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 25, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "UGK Underground Kingz". Xxlmag.com. January 30, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "UGK Score First #1 Album". Web.archive.org. September 27, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bun B Talks About the Final UGK Album". Pitchfork. March 13, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ UGK - Underground Kingz. UGK Records/Jive/Zomba Label Group. 88697-08863-2B
  14. ^ "UGK Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  15. ^ "UGK Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2013.