“ Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Gangsta & Hardcore / Artist: UGK / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2009-03-31 at Zomba „
"UGK 4 Life" came out in 2009 and due to the death of Pimp C in 2007, it was their final one. Bun B chose to continue the project, despite the death of his partner as he wished to dedicate one final piece to him as a final tribute. The Port Arthur, Texas duo is considered to be veterans in the game and amongst the first from the south to make a name for themselves (despite mainly being on the underground, hence the Underground Kingz).
2. "Still On The Grind"
After a haunting introduction from Pimp C who speaks literally from "beyond the grave" (actually saying those exact words) with a reference to what year we are in and what the pair aim to do here with the album) this one find the doing a track which has them burst through with some beats which really don't match expectations as it is all off-bat stuff, and requires effort to really connect with, but over time it seems to come together in a way which you can't really explain.
3. "Everybody Wanna Ball"
For me, this was the biggest tune on the album, and it does just what I love about their music as you find Pimp C doing the production to it, and taking you back with his gentle wah-wah guitar uses, and the hook which reminds me of his "Pourin' Up" track from 2006 before he breaks it down to be one of the hardest track which they have ever done.
4. "Feelin' You"
Bun B sounds as if he is on a big hype as he raps on top of this track, and with the beats in it so well-done you can't help but feel this way too as you have the two of them doing a track which they don't often do with them rapping about the closeness in relationships which is found here. It really sticks out for how different it is to their typical tunes and their discography in general.
5. "The Pimp & The Bun"
This is a fly groove from them, which has hem doing what everyone loves from their earliest work as they get back to the heavy sampling and take on some funky stuff from The Isley Brothers to work from, and you even get Ron Isley of the pair showing some love by performing the hook to the track. For fans of the group, this is just what you remember them for, so it is great to hear them returning to this for the final album.
6. "She Luv It"
The production in this song is just too much as it seems to combine the best sounds of Soul with some subtle Funk, and it comes together in the most incredible way which I wouldn't have been able to predict. It stands out for the fact that they are able to do this, and from this Pimp C raps in a manner which complements the feel of it all. It has them rap about the girls they like, and they share which girls personally do it for them.
7. "7th Street" (Lude)
8. "Swishas & Erb"
Here you have them continuing the type of funky stuff which you heard in other tracks here, and it is yet another laid-back joint by them to take you back to their classic years back on their 1988 debut. Here Sleepy Brown takes it upon himself to take on the duties of singing the chorus, and does a fairly good job of doing so here to drive them as they do more to show what TX is all about.
9. "Purses Come First"
If you liked the one which came just before it, this one is bound to pull you in to as this one has them just calming rolling with it and doing it big as ever. Pimp C kicks it off in this case, and with his incredible talent of being able to construct endless amounts of hooks is shown through this one, which isn't really that catchy, but does some it up nicely as UGK work with another key figure in the early years of the Dirty South's own voice with former Goodie Mob member, Big Gipp delivering the final verse.
10. "Harry A**hole"
The lyrics in this song are just straight up nasty, but you can't really complain about it at all because it has them pair of them just killing it with their flows as they work with some of the youngsters in the game, Lil' Boosie and Webbie, who seem to add to it, despite the fact that this song sounds as if it could have come directly out of one their early nineties albums. It has them just chilling as they flow with very little effort, and all the lines just flow without any sort of force.
11. "Used To Be"
The most-respected cats from what they the Yay Area find their way onto this track as they drop their Thizz in order to show love to The pimp and join UGK and go back to their old days in some more general rap, which didn't have the House presence (which Hyphy posses today). They make sure that it is done in the best way, and you can't complain about the results of it as they really bring it hear on some rather hard beats, to make it really stand out as they compare their life now to what it was like as they grew up. The duo that are often compared to them, 8Ball & MJG end it off, and since they began around the same time as UGK and have stayed relevant over the years to, it good to see them come together and show that they aren't beefing over this similarity in background.
12. "Steal Your Mind"
Working directly off the tune which preceded it, you have them go on from some of the best from the Bay Area in California to two of the biggest veterans of Cali Rap as a whole as you have the duo of Too $hort and Snoop Dogg showing that with their similarities, they are able to come out with a killer tunes when they combine all their talents and come with the ultimate is low-tempo rap as the Dirty South and West Coast join forces once again.
13. "Texas Ave" (Lude)
14. "Hard As Hell"
This song has been floating around for a while, since around Pimp C's death, as leakers were able to promote it as the Pimp's "final recording", and it sees them working with Akon, and I saw this as nothing but a negative as he obviously tries to dominate it with his own style of producing and taking away from the feel of the album. I think that Bun chose to include it as a final effort to give them a little mainstream attention, but it did little for me. It's best to just ignore the presence of this track.
15. "Da Game Been Good To Me"
This was he big single from the album, and it has them take on a sample of The S.O.S. Band's "Just Be Good To Me" in a way which you wouldn't expect as they slow it all down and choose to use it as a chance to rap about their legacy and exactly what they have done for 'the game' over the years, and what it has done for them. It is a laid-back joint, and reflects how the majority of the album was done, so it clams you down again as it ends.
It's great to see that at least these Underground Kingz were able to break into the mainstream with the album prior to this, the self-titled 2007 double record to celebrate Pimp C's release from a five-year prison sentence, as it reached the top spot in the US charts, and had them deliver one of their best singles ever, but obviously a shame that they were able to continue this popularity for any longer as the hard grind, which lasted for over two decades, fell apart due to the untimely death of Pimp C in that year. They made sure that this album reminded you of their best days, and not go into the more mainstream side of it all.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Still On The Grind featuring Rahemm DeVaughn
3 Everybody Wanna Ball
4 Feelin' You
5 The Pimp & The Bun featuring Ron Isley
6 She Luv It
7 7th Street Interlude
8 Swishas & Erb featuring Sleepy Brown
9 Purse Come First featuring Big Gipp
10 Harry Asshole featuring Lil Boosie and Webbie
11 Used To Be featuring B.Legit,E40 and 8Ball & MJG
12 Steel Your Mind featuring Too Short & Snoop Dogg
13 Texas Ave Interlude
14 Hard As Hell featuring Akon
15 Da Game Been Good To Me