I am not a fan of the double album, some people think twice as much music for not as much money. I think a bunch of filler tracks that should’ve been left off the album. I’d much rather have a tight album of 10 tracks than a sloppy album with 25 tracks. With that said when you get locked up for several years you’re going to have a lot to write about and after speaking to a friend of mine who got to preview UGK’s seventh album UGK: Underground Kingz I might have to rethink my stance on the double album. My friend told me the album was straight heat and also informed me that the first track on the album featuring the legendary Big Daddy Kane and Kool G. Rap over a Marley Marl beat is crazy. December 19 is the release date, but I doubt I can wait that long.
“This is definitely a grown-man project,” Bun explained. “And we don’t mean old, but showing growth from the last time you heard us. Some of these songs you’re gonna have to take serious,” he continued. “We talk about a lot of issues in society: politics and religion, home, relationships and family. We have people we’re responsible for now. When we were 18, we could be a little more frivolous, but I think with us having learned some things, we just giving what we learned back to the streets.”
UGK enlisted the efforts of producers Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz and the legendary Marley Marl to help them teach the streets. Marley helmed the Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap-assisted “Next Time.” Bun and Pimp said the collaboration was an extension of the warm reception they receive from younger artists, and they in turn reached out to Kane and G Rap as people who influenced them.
“It’s not a party, it’s not fun,” Pimp said. “Jail affected my whole family. My family got locked up. My group got locked up. I lost when I went to prison. That’s something to be ashamed of, and that’s not a badge of honor. My youngest son was 8 years old when I went in. I came back and he’s a teenager. I can’t get them years back.”