Giorgio Tuinfort; Steve Below; Mannie Fresh; Mike Dean; 808 Boyz; Akon; Bun B; Pimp C
Number of Discs
58m : 18s
Sleepy Sleepy Brown
8Ball & MJG
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Rick Marcel (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Mike Mo; Mike Dean ; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; M.A.D. Studios, Houston, TX; Maximedia Studios, Dallas, TX; Silent Sound Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Swagger Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Trill Cave Studios, Port Arthur, TX.
Photographers: Clay Patrick McBride; Keith Bardin; Pam Francis.
A unique memorial to Pimp C, who died in December 2007, UGK 4 LIFE doesn't smother the duo's swan song in posthumous sentiment. (There's a foreboding proclamation from Pimp C during the intro that he and Bun B are "back from the dead.") But from there, his surviving partner and production team let the music--and familiar themes of sex and other forms of indulgent relaxation--take center stage. Apart from inviting a revaluation of the late rapper's underrated soulfulness, 4 LIFE serves as a testament to UGK's trademark smoothness, which, on their final collaboration, evokes what the Ohio Players might sound like if they were updated for the hip-hop generation.
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- 'Da Game Been Good to Me' reminds us what rap lost with Pimp C's death: one of its most musical and melodic MCs, with a thick drawl and a knack for wildly elongating words..."
Spin (p.98) - "UGK 4 LIFE is a fitting capper to this Texas duo's storied career -- nothing groundbreaking, just funky, rough-hewn, celebratory tracks."
Blender (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The languid beats are hazy with heat-distortion organs...the spirit is carefree....Pimp excelled at scowling, bawdy boasts, and he creates his own eulogy here..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "Bun-B's performance is a masterwork of nuance here, sounding doubled even when it's obvious he's not..."
Still On The Grind - (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
Everybody Wanna Ball
Pimp & The Bun, The - (featuring Ronald Isley)
She Luv It
7th Street Interlude
Swishas & Erb - (featuring Sleepy Brown)
Purse Come First - (featuring Big Gipp)
Harry A**hole - (featuring Lil' Boosie/Webbie)
Used To Be - (featuring E-40/8Ball/MJG/B-Legit)
Steal Your Mind - (featuring Too Short/Snoop Dogg)