UGK began an extremely successful career with the album Too Hard To Swallow… 29 years later, we are talking about it.
A group that legitimizes southern rap
UGK (UnderGround Kingz) is one of the first rap groups from Texas to develop nationwide popularity, out of a well-established legitimacy in the South. At that time, in the early 90s, New York and California were the main breeding grounds for rappers. The only successful rappers from the South were the Geto Boys from Texas and the 2 Live Crews from Miami. The release of this album paved the way for the emergence of a whole new wave of southern rap.
A style that breaks away from the ambient style
Unlike the more funky, sample-heavy beats that UGK made a name for themselves later in their career, this album lives up to its name in terms of production. The rhythms are much more aggressive, as are the lyrics. Nevertheless, this album is full of hits that are considered classics in the band’s catalog. These include Something Good, Use Me Up, which uses a sample from Bill Withers, and Pocket Full of Stones , which appears on the soundtrack of the 1992 horror classic, Menace II Society.
The album was recorded over a period of one year, from 1991 to 1992, and was released on November 9, 1992 under the Jive Records label, which in the early 1990s hosted legends such as E-40 , A Tribe Called Quest, R.Kelly and the late Aaliyah. The album has sold 369,511 copies so far and has reached No. 37 on the Billboard US R&B Charts. After this album, UGK continued to release five albums until the untimely death of its member Pimp C in 2007.