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Rap Group “UGK” Underground Kingz Still Reign Supreme Years Later Even After Rapper Pimp C’s Death

UGK (short for Underground Kingz) was an American rap duo from Port Arthur, Texas formed in 1987 by the late Chad “Pimp C” Butler. He then joined with Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, who became his longtime partner. They released their first major label album, Too Hard to Swallow, in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, including the self-titled Underground Kingz album which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in August 2007. The group has been featured on hit singles by other artists, such as on “Big Pimpin'” by Jay-Z and “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia. Pimp C founded UGK Records in late 2005.

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in a West Hollywood, California hotel room.

History

In 1992, UGK was signed to Jive Records under a five-album contract, releasing their major-label debut album Too Hard to Swallow.While it featured several new recordings, it also featured several songs that had been culled from The Southern Way.However, several songs that had been intended to be included on the album were excised at the last minute, apparently due to their overly explicit content. Five of these songs would surface two months before the release of Too Hard to Swallow, on an EP distributed by Bigtyme Recordz; 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 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[citation needed]. 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 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 released a Best of UGK album, as well as a Chopped & Screwed remix album.  As a result of Pimp C’s incarceration, both members of 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.[10] Featured guests included Talib Kweli, Too Short, Rick Ross, Z-RO, Three 6 Mafia, Slim Thug, OutKast, as well as hip-hop legends Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane on a Marley Marl-produced track titled “Next Up”. The album also featured British rapper 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 & Juicy J, Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, The Runners, Lil’ Jon, fellow Texas legend Scarface, and Pimp C.  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.

Death of Pimp C

On December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead at the Mondrian Hotel in 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 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

On February 4, 2008, the Insite received a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office with the cause of death. Officials there say the Houston rapper died from a Promethazine/Codeine syrup overdose combined with sleep apnea. His death was ruled an accident.

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 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.”

Projects

Year Album US 200 US R&B U.S. Sales
1992 The Southern Way (EP)
1992 Banned (EP)
1992 Too Hard to Swallow 37 369,511
1994 Super Tight 95 9 374,985
1996 Ridin’ Dirty 15 2 847,454
2001 Dirty Money 18 2 522,943
2002 Side Hustles (Compilation) 70 10 88,570
2007 Underground Kingz 1 1 498,454
2009 UGK 4 Life 6 2 217,220

Kandy Paint Records Presents: Mississippi Sipp- 1 Deep Creeping

Artist:Mississippi Sipp
Song Title:1 Deep Creeping
Album:Cadillac Dope Boy(Released 10/6/2006) (Re-released in 2013)
Label:Kandy Paint Records
Location:Leland Mississippi

True Playas, Pimps, Hustlas and Fans of Down South Hardcore Reality Rap know rapper Artist/Ceo SIPP Of Kandy Paint Records talent and street fame like they know their own. As a Yung 28yr old Player from the South and CEO of Kandy Paint Records “SIPP” blazed the scene for local popular Southern rap acts such as Lower 9,BDP(BLACK DOGG POSSE),754 Boyz,Needle in a Haystack and countless of others to follow. As a Ceo,Artist,Song Writer,Producer,Graphix Designer and a Trill Hustler the LELAND MISSISSIPPI native is on the come up and is literally helping mold the sound of Southern rap music, certain influences like Dj Screw, Master P,Juvenile,Baby,Lil-Keke,UGK,Mr.Pookie,S UC,LIL FLIP,CED T,3-6 Mafia,Playa Fly,and many other Texas Rappers Help Gave “SIPP” DA NEW DOWN SOUTH SOUND. Born Terry “Terell” Brisco twenty-eight years ago in the small town of Leland Mississippi.
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Kandy Paint Records Presents America’s Undercover: What Is Twerking? THE “TWERK” DANCE!

Twerking

Twerking (/ˈtwɜrkɪŋ/) is a type of dancing in which the dancer, usually a woman, shakes her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer’s buttocks to shake, “wobble” and “bounce”.[1] According to Oxford Dictionaries, to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance”.[2]

The word twerking is of uncertain origin. Possibilities include a contraction of “footwork”, or a portmanteau of twist and jerk.[1]

According to the Global Language Monitor, “twerk” was the Top Teleword of the Year 2013.

Possible origins

Comparisons have been made with traditional African dances,[4] for instance the Mapouka from West Africa which was banned from Ivory Coast’s television due to its suggestive nature.[5] Twerking can carry both gendered and racialized connotations.[6] In the United States, twerking was introduced into hip-hop culture by way of the New Orleans bounce music scene. In 1993, DJ Jubilee recorded the dance tune “Do The Jubilee All” in which he chanted, “Twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk.”[7] The video for the song increased the popularity of twerking. In 1995 New Orleans-based rapper Cheeky Blakk recorded the song “Twerk Something!” a call-and-response dance song dedicated to twerking. In 1997 DJ Jubilee recorded “Get Ready, Ready” in which he encouraged listeners to “Twerk it!”.

In 2013, twerk was added to the Oxford Dictionary Online.[8] The dictionary said the word had been around for 20 years. The word was a runner-up in the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013.[9]

In US music

Twerking received recognition in national releases at least as early as the year 2000, when the Atlanta-based hip hop duo Ying Yang Twins, released their debut single “Whistle While You Twurk”, which received national airplay, peaking at #17 on the Hip Hop Chart and was further referenced in their 2002 follow-up release “Say I Yi Yi”, which prominently features the lyrics “She got her hands up on her knees and her elbows on her thighs, she like to twerk and that’s for certain I can tell that she fly”. On the 2005 hit single “Check on It”, as performed by Beyoncé, she sings “Dip it, pop it, twerk it, stop it, check on me tonight.”[10]

In 2006, a song titled “Pop, Lock & Drop It”, by St. Louis rapper Huey, reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also in 2006, the hit single “Sexy Back”, by Justin Timberlake, featuring Timbaland, from the former’s second studio album Futuresex/Lovesounds, featured Timbaland rapping the lyrics “Let me see what you’re twerking with / Go ahead, be gone with it, Look at those hips”. In 2011, a group of female dancers who call themselves the Twerk Team and have posted many videos of themselves twerking on YouTube, were mentioned during the song “Round of Applause”, by Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame, featuring Canadian rapper Drake, in the line “Bounce that ass, shake that ass like the Twerk Team”.[4]

The 2012 single “Bandz A Make Her Dance”, by Memphis-bred rapper Juicy J, contains the lyric “Start twerking when she hear her song”,[11] while French Montana of the Bronx, New York, questions the ability of a girl to twerk by asking “What you twerkin’ with,” in his respective 2012 single “Pop That”, featuring fellow rappers Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.[12] The aforementioned songs, along with “Express Yourself” by Nicky Da B and Diplo, “Made twerking the most popular dance move since the Dougie”.[13]

In April 2013, Detroit rapper Danny Brown released a song titled “Express Yourself”, inspired by American music producer Diplo’s song of the same name. The song, produced by Boulder, Colorado-based producer Trampy, features a fast-paced electronic beat and is a composition about the popular dance craze twerking.[14] Brown dedicated the song “to all the ladies that like to turn up and have fun,” in which he raps “Toes on the wall and her ass in the air / And she twerk that thing like she ain’t have a care”.[15][16]

In 2013, 33 students from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, were suspended for using school equipment to make a twerking video on school grounds that was later uploaded to YouTube.[17][18]

In June 2013, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes of Brooklyn, New York, released a Jamaican dancehall-inspired single titled “Twerk It”. The song features Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, who has been featured on several other “twerking songs”, including “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy” by Robin Thicke, “Dance (A$$)” by Big Sean and “Clappers” by Wale. Minaj can be seen twerking in all four of the aforementioned songs’ music videos. In August 2013, a song titled “Twerk”, by Young Money recording artist Lil Twist, featuring vocals from American pop singer Miley Cyrus and Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, was leaked online.[19]

In August 2013, Juicy J has announced via Twitter, that he would give out a $50,000 scholarship for the girl who can twerk the best. The competition is inspired by the track “Scholarship” on his third album Stay Trippy, which contains the lyric “Keep twerking baby, might earn you a scholarship.”[20] Also in September, “Twerk” from the MTV VMA show was named the Top Television Word of the Year (Teleword) of the 2012-1013 TV season by the Global Language Monitor.”[21]

Youtube Twerk Videos:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=twerk+videos

Google Twerk Search: https://www.google.com/#q=twerking

HOW TO TWERK:  http://www.wikihow.com/Twerk