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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Artist Check: UGK

It's been a while for UGK... At last the long wait is over!!! I'm so happy their back! Heres the story!

Rappers Pimp C and Bun B formed UGK (aka Underground Kingz) in Port Arthur, Texas, during the late '80s. A year later, the duo released their debut album, The Southern Way, distributed by a local record label.

After the moderate success of The Southern Way, the duo caught the attention of Jive Records and released Too Hard to Swallow, their first album on a major label, in 1992. Super Tight… arrived in stores two years later, followed by Ridin' Dirty in 1996, their first record to hit the R&B charts. In 2000, they made a high-profile appearance on Jay-Z's Big Pimpin. UGK's fourth album on Jive, Dirty Money, was released a year later and Side Hustles followed in 2002. The remix album, Jive Records Presents: UGK Chopped and Screwed, was issued in 2004.

In 2005, Bun B released his first solo full-length Trill. The album debuted at number six on the Hot 200 Billboard Charts and peaked at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Album Chart. Pimp C released his solo album Pimpalation in the summer of 2006. The record debuted at number three on the Top 200 and at number one on the Hip Hop and R&B Charts according to Billboard.

In August 2007, Bun B and Pimp C returned together with UGK’s seventh album, Underground Kingz . The double album features 32 new tracks, including the highly anticipated collaboration with OutKast titled "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You),” as well as collaborations with Lil Jon, Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and many more.

Their new album Underground is currently no. 1 in the US Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and it is their first album to score a Hot Shot No. 1 debut selling 160,000 units on its first week.