IT WAS ON THIS DATE MARCH 31, 2009 UGK RELEASED THEIR SIX STUDIO ALBUM UNDERGROUND KINGS FOR LIFE

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.

UGK 4 Life

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Studio album by UGK

Released March 31, 2009

Recorded 2007–08

Genre Hip hop

Length 58:20

Label Jive

Producer Pimp C,Averexx, Mannie FreshAkon, 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

Background

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in his California hotel room. In March 2008, Bun B confirmed the final studio album would be dedicated to the late Pimp C.

Recording

The first single “Da Game Been Good to Me” was released onto the Internet on January 16, 2009. It was made available on iTunes on February 20, 2009.Bun B stated he recorded a song dedicated to his late partner Pimp C.

Bun B stated that he would not experiment with new collaborations or producers.

This album is not about who I wanna work with and what kind of beats I wanna do, this album is about what the people wanna hear, and that’s Bun and Pimp. And I wanna try to give that to them in the most purest sense.”

In addition to Pimp C, production came from producers such as Mannie FreshAkon, Cory Mo, Steve Below and DJ B-Do. Collaborators include Ronald IsleyLil BoosieWebbieToo ShortSnoop DoggSleepy BrownBig GippAkon & Raheem DeVaughn.

Reception

Professional ratings

Review scores Source Rating

AllMusic ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Los Angeles Times⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pitchfork Media(7.9/10)

PopMatters(8/10)

Spin⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vibe(favorable)

Upon release, UGK 4 Life received critical acclaim. 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 11 reviews indicating universal acclaim.

Commercial performance

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

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length

1.”Intro”Chad Butler, Corey MooreCory Mo1:45

2.”Still on the Grind” (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)Steve Below, Butler, Bernard FreemanSteve Below4:13

3.”Everybody Wanna Ball”Butler, Freeman, MooreCory Mo3:57

4.”Feelin’ You”Below, Butler, Howard Beverly, FreemanSteve Below3:54

5.”The Pimp & The Bun” (featuring Ron Isley)Butler, Freeman, Marvin IsleyRonald IsleyErnie IsleyO’Kelly Isley, Jr.Rudolph IsleyChris JasperMannie Fresh3:32

6.”She Luv It”Butler, Freeman, MooreCory Mo3:53

7.”7th Street Interlude”Butler, Michael Dean, FreemanPimp CMike Dean(co.)1:26

8.”Swishas & Erb” (featuring Sleepy Brown)Ruben Bailey, Patrick Brown, Butler, Freeman, Rico WadePimp C, Averexx4:02

9.”Purse Come First” (featuring Big Gipp)Butler, Freeman, Cameron Gipp, Michael Hawkins, Lee Hutson, Jr.DJ B-Do, Pimp C4:23

10.”Harry Asshole” (featuring Lil’ Boosie & Webbie)Butler, Freeman, Webster Gradney, Jr.Torrence Hatch, MooreCory Mo4:15

11.”Used to Be” (featuring 8Ball & MJGB-Legit & E-40)Butler, Freeman, Marlon Goodwin, Premro SmithBrandt JonesEarl StevensPimp C, DJ B-Do5:40

12.”Steal Your Mind” (featuring Too $hort & Snoop Dogg)Below, Calvin Broadus, Jr., Butler, Freeman, Todd ShawSteve Below4:45

13.”Texas Ave. Interlude”Butler, Dean, FreemanPimp C, Mike Dean (co.)1:16

14.”Hard as Hell” (featuring Akon)Butler, Freeman, Aliaune Thiam, Giorgio TuinfortAkon, Giorgio Tuinfort (co.)3:55

15.”Da Game Been Good to Me“Butler, Freeman,Pimp C, Averexx4:20

16.”Outro”Freeman, MooreCory Mo3:11

  • (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

Adapted from AllMusic.

  • Ruben Bailey: Composer
  • Keith Bardin: Photography
  • Steve Below: Composer, Producer
  • Frankie Beverly: Composer
  • Leslie Brathwaite: Mixing
  • Calvin Broadus: Composer
  • Patrick Brown : Composer
  • Bun B: Executive Producer
  • Chad Butler: Composer
  • Mike Dean: Mixing, Producer
  • Hal Fitzgerald: Engineer
  • Pam Francis: Photography
  • Mannie Fresh: Producer
  • Jeff Gilligan: Art Direction, Design
  • Cameron K-Oz Gipp: Composer
  • Michael Hawkins: Composer
  • Lee Hutson, Jr.: Composer
  • Ernie Isley: Composer
  • Marvin Isley: Composer
  • O’Kelly Isley: Composer
  • Ronald Isley: Composer
  • Rudolph Isley: Composer
  • Chris Jasper: Composer
  • Anzel “Intl Red” Jennings: A&R
  • Brandt Jones: Composer
  • Rick Marcel: Guitar
  • Clay Patrick McBride: Photography
  • Mike Mo: Engineer, Mixing
  • Corey Moore: Composer
  • Raymond “Yoda” Murray: Composer
  • J. Prince: Executive Producer
  • Ari Raskin: Engineer
  • Todd Shaw: Composer
  • Jeffrey Sledge: A&R
  • Premro Smith: Composer
  • Chris Soper: Engineer
  • Earl Stevens: Composer
  • Aliaune “Akon” Thiam: Composer
  • Giorgio Tuinfort: Composer, Producer
  • Rico Wade: Composer

Chart positions

Chart (2009)Peak position

US Billboard 200 6

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 2

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