Over 20 Years of UGK

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur duo’s debut release Too Hard To Swallow, Sama’an Ashrawi put together a 25 minute collection of interviews of rappers and producers on their thoughts on the impact of Bun B and Pimp C.

But honestly it doesn’t take interviews to realize the impact UGK has had in rap. You can HEAR their influence in production, lyrics, and hip-hop vernacular. Nearly a quarter century after their first release, their influence reaches outside of the South. As evidenced in the in the documentary, interviews with Talib Kweli (Brooklyn), People Under The Stairs (Los Angeles), and Brother Ali (Minneapolis), the reverence for Pimp and Bun is universal and goes past “underground” or mainstream.”

Their last album may have dropped in 2009, but it’s still UGK 4 Life.


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