The limitations of
Southern gangsta rap were well represented in Texas by UGK, the duo of rappers
Bun B (Bernard Freeman) and Pimp C (Chad Butler), who debuted with
Too Hard to Swallow 1992). The "hard" sound of that album
(Something Good, Use Me Up, Pocket Full of Stones)
disappeared in favor of a smooth radio-friendly sound.
Super Tight (1994) delivered the anthemic Underground and Feds in Town that displayed the influence of funk music.
Their most successful album was Ridin' Dirty (1996), a rather trite
parade of old stereotypes of gangsta rap for mass consumption (just the
opposite of "underground").
However in 2002 Pimp C was sentenced to prison, following a gun-related incident.
Bun B launched a successful solo career with the
eclectic and star-studded Trill (2005), containing the hits
Draped Up and Get Throwed.
When Pimp C was release from prison, UGK released the
double-disc album Underground Kingz
that shot to the top of the charts.
However, Pimp C died in 2007 from a drug overdose, and Bun B continued his
solo career with the midtempo shuffles of II Trill (2008),
whose creativity was inversely proportional to the (huge) number of guests.
Pimp C died in 2007.
UGK 4 Life (Jive, 2009) sounded like a languid remix of UGK's best
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