UGK 4 Life

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UGK 4 Life
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Studio album by UGK
Released March 31, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre Hip hop
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 by American hip hop duo UGK. The album was released on March 31, 2009, by Jive Records and Epic Records. 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]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10)[9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[10]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[11]
Vibe (favorable)[12]

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.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 selling 76,419 copies in its first week.[14]

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. ^ David Jeffries (2009-03-16). "UGK 4Life - UGK | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  8. ^ "Album review: The posthumous triumph of 'UGK 4 Life'". Web.archive.org. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  9. ^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Pitchfork. 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ Sargent, Jordan. "UGK: UGK 4 Life". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  11. ^ Golianopoulos, Thomas (2009-03-23). "'' Review". Spin.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ "UGK: UGK 4 Life". Web.archive.org. 2009-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  13. ^ "UGK:UGK 4 Life (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  14. ^ "Keith Urban Soars To No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  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.