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UGK
UGK
(short for UNDERGROUND KINGZ) was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
, formed in 1987, by Chad "Pimp C" Butler and Bernard "Bun B" Freeman . They released their first major-label album Too Hard to Swallow , in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and Top R appropriately enough, the EP was titled Banned . A popular song from the album "Pocket Full of Stones" was also included on the Menace II Society soundtrack in 1993.

Their second album, Super Tight , was released two years later, on August 30. Unlike their previous album, Super Tight managed to break into the Billboard Hot 200 and ultimately peaked at #95; their third album, Ridin\' Dirty , peaked at #15. Ridin' Dirty would also be UGK's last album for the time being, as they went on a five-year hiatus not long afterward.

The year 2000 became a breakthrough year for the group. UGK
UGK
made a high-profile guest appearance on Jay-Z 's smash hit "Big Pimpin\' " and also appeared on Three 6 Mafia 's hit "Sippin\' on Some Syrup ". Both of these collaborations greatly increased their reputation, and helped fuel anticipation for their next project. Jive Records
Jive Records
failed to capitalize on this new-found interest in the duo, as their fourth album, 2001's Dirty Money , came and went with little fanfare.

Further problems arose when Pimp C was incarcerated for an aggravated gun assault charge in 2002. Throughout the time of his incarceration, Bun B carried on the UGK
UGK
name by making numerous guest appearances on songs by other artists, with every appearance either mentioning Pimp C or featuring a "Free Pimp C!" or "Free the Pimp" chant. Many of UGK's peers did the same, and mentioned Pimp C in their own songs with or without Bun B . During this period, Jive Records
Jive Records
released a Best of UGK
UGK
album, as well as a Chopped & Screwed remix album. As a result of Pimp C's incarceration, both members of UGK
UGK
began solo careers out of necessity.

Rap-A-Lot Records released Pimp C's solo debut, Sweet James Jones Stories , on March 1, 2005. Bun B later released his own solo foray, Trill , on October 18, 2005. It opened at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200 , and also peaked at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-hop Album chart.

On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and was to be on parole until December 2009,. He released his first post-incarceration album, titled Pimpalation , on July 25, 2006.

On August 7, 2007, the group released their fifth studio album, the self-titled Underground Kingz . It was a double album , containing 26 tracks and spanning two discs. Featured guests included Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
, Too Short
Too Short
, Rick Ross
Rick Ross
, Z-RO
Z-RO
, Three 6 Mafia , Slim Thug
Slim Thug
, OutKast
OutKast
, as well as hip-hop legends Kool G Rap
Kool G Rap
and Big Daddy Kane
Big Daddy Kane
on a Marley Marl -produced track titled "Next Up". The album also featured British rapper Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal
on the track "Two Types of Bitches", following UGK's guest appearance in Rascal's own album Maths + English for the track "Where's Da G's". The album featured production by DJ Paul
DJ Paul
& Juicy J , Jazze Pha , Swizz Beatz
Swizz Beatz
, The Runners , Lil Jon
Lil Jon
, fellow Texas legend Scarface , and Pimp C. DJ Paul
DJ Paul
and Juicy J produced the second single, "International Player\'s Anthem (I Choose You) ". They had used a similar beat on Project Pat 's album titled Layin' Da Smack Down in 2002.

The album got a positive reception, both commercially and critically. It received a 4-star rating from Allmusic, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album charts. "International Player\'s Anthem (I Choose You) " became the group's only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts, where it peaked at #70.

2007-09: DEATH OF PIMP C AND BREAKUP

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California
West Hollywood, California
, after Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a 9-1-1 call. They arrived to his sixth-floor hotel room to find him dead in bed. This was three days after he performed with Too Short
Too Short
at the House of Blues
House of Blues
in Los Angeles.

Bun B was interviewed a few days later by radio DJ Madd Hatta, and an audio recording has been posted online.

Bun B recently stated in an interview that there will be one last UGK album released, before he permanently becomes a solo act. "We were heavy into the meat of the album before Pimp passed," says Bun. "The dedication song-the night I wrote it, I wanted it to be one of the last records recorded for this album after what happened."

"Yea, we’re still putting together this last UGK
UGK
record too, because there’s a lot of music that we’ve already recorded for it," adds Bun B. "I think that album itself is going to be a little bit weird."

DISCOGRAPHY

Main article: UGK discography

PROJECTS

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* ^ Bush, John. UGK
UGK
biography. Allmusic . Accessed December 9, 2007. * ^ Jeffries, David. Too Hard to Swallow. Allmusic * ^ UGK
UGK
Billboard Album Chart Positions. Allmusic . Accessed December 9, 2007 * ^ Harris, Chris. UGK\'s Pimp C To Be Released From Prison Within A Month. MTV News
MTV News
: December 6, 2005. * ^ Jeffries, David. Pimp C biography. Allmusic . Accessed December 9, 2007 * ^ Jeffries, David. Jive Records
Jive Records
Presents: UGK
UGK
Chopped and Screwed. Allmusic : 2004 * ^ Rapper Pimp C Released from Prison. Associated Press
Associated Press
/Billboard : December 30, 2005. * ^ Rodriguez, Jayson. Ex-Con Pimpet C Juiced For UGK
UGK
Album, Says He Has Lessons To Teach. MTV News
MTV News
: November 13, 2006. * ^ Jeffries, David. Pimpalation. Allmusic : 2006 * ^ A B Jeffries, David. Underground Kingz. Allmusic : 2007 * ^ Cohen, Jonathan. UGK
UGK
Dropping Double Album In December Billboard : October 25, 2006 * ^ "\'\'TMZ.com\'\' - Rapper Pimp C Found Dead(R.I.P.) in Hollywood Hotel Room (December 4, 2007)". Tmz.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. * ^ "\'\'BillBoard.com\'\' - Report: UGK
UGK
Rapper Pimp C Found Dead In L.A. (December 4, 2007)". Billboard.com. 2005-12-30. Retrieved 2011-08-05. * ^ " Bun B Interview". Hiphopdx.com. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2011-08-05. * ^ Burgess, Omar (2008-03-10). " Bun B Says Another UGK
UGK
Album Is Forthcoming Hip Hop News >". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05.

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