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
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. "Int'l 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 Magazine B+[8]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[9]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[10]

Underground Kingz is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo UGK. It was released on August 7, 2007, by Jive Records. The collaborations was listing on the album from 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 and Three 6 Mafia, among others. The production on the album was handled mainly from Pimp C himself, along with N.O. Joe, Lil Jon, Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, DJ Paul, Juicy J, Scarface and Marley Marl, among others.

The album was the first by the group, since Pimp C was released and finished from serving a lengthy prison term.[11] After the album's release, it signify as the final performance by rapper from the duo Pimp C, before his untimely death on December 4, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

The album debuted number one on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 156,000 copies in the United States.[12] As of 2011, the album has sold 498,454 copies in the United States.

Singles[edit]

During 2006, the album's lead single titled "The Game Belongs to Me", produced by N.O. Joe, was released.

The album's second single "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" featuring guest appearances from the group Outkast, with its production handled by DJ Paul and Juicy J, was released on June 6, 2007. On June 16, 2007, the music video was released on BET's 106 and Park. The song also contains both versions with the title of "Int'l Players Anthem" featuring Three 6 Mafia, where both DJ Paul and Juicy J were also serving as guest vocals. The second version was chopped and screwed by OG Ron C. The music video was awarded the Video of the Year at the 2008's BET Hip-Hop Awards. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The song ranked at number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007, reaching at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100, which topped it on the charts. The song was placed at number 43 on the Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 songs of the 2000s" list.

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 Short) 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
Sample credits
  • "Swishas and Dosha" contains samples of "From Step to You" performed by Stephen J. Rideau.
  • "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" contains samples of "I Choose You" performed by Willie Hutch and "I Choose You" performed by Project Pat.
  • "Chrome Plated Woman" contains samples of "Hercules" performed by Allen Toussaint.
  • "Life Is 2009" contains samples of "Life is... Too Short" performed by Too Short.
  • "Grind Hard" contains samples of "Cocaine In The Back of the Ride" performed by UGK.
  • "Quit Hatin' the South" contains samples of "Let's Straighten It Out" performed by Benny Latimore.
  • "Trill Niggas Don't Die" contains samples of "I Just Want to Celebrate" performed by Nick Zesses and Dino Fekaris.
  • "How Long Can It Last" contains samples of "Something in the Past" performed by One Way.
  • "Still Ridin' Dirty" contains samples of "The Fix" performed by Scarface.
  • "Two Type of Bitches" contains samples of "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare" performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips.
  • "Real Women" contains samples of "Can't Hide Love" performed by Earth, Wind, & Fire.
  • "Candy" contains samples of "Bridge Thru Time" performed by Lonnie Liston Smith.
  • "Shattered Dreams" contains samples of "Goin' Thru School and Love" performed by Raydio.
  • "Next Up" contains samples of "The Symphony" performed by Juice Crew.
  • "Living This Life" contains samples of "Free" performed by Goodie Mob and "Free at Last" performed by Al Green.
  • "Hit the Block" contains samples of "Spit Your Game (Remix)" performed by The Notorious B.I.G..

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. ^ "Bun B Talks About the Final UGK Album". Pitchfork. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  12. ^ "UGK Score First #1 Album". Web.archive.org. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  13. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for UGK. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  14. ^ "UGK Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for UGK. Retrieved September 19, 2013.