UGK (Band)

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    The Five Greatest Duos In Houston Rap History

    This past Saturday, Slim Thug decided to break plenty of hearts among Houston rap fans. He announced on Instagram that his King & a Boss album, that long-awaited disc between he and enemy-turned-BFF Z-Ro, wasn't coming out. Thanks to timing, the proposed project had lost a bit of its luster from wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Pimp C's Story Coming Soon to Bookstores

    The life of Pimp C is coming back -- in hardcover format. Julia Beverly, the former editor-in-chief of OZONE Magazine and noted documentarian of Southern hip-hop culture at large, is planning to release an biography on the late UGK rapper, who died in 2007. Currently untitled, the book comes with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014

    Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Creating Bun B's Ultimate Trill Album

    In a way, hearing the words "Bun B" joined together with "new album" should make people throw rice in the air. It doesn't necessarily meet with the same amount of fanfare in 2013 as it would have in 2005, say, but that's only because the idea of Bun B in 2013 is vastly different from the one in 2005 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    Pimp C's Mom, Weslyn "Mama Wes" Monroe, Passes Away at 66

    Rocks Off has learned that Weslyn Monroe, mother of rap pioneer Chad "Pimp C" Butler, passed away over the weekend after suffering an undisclosed illness. She was admitted into intensive care a few days ago, but she sadly lost her life in a Port Arthur hospital on Sunday. She was 66, according to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Sama'an Ashrawi, Trill Gladiator

    Who? Sama'an Ashrawi is a filmmaker, a documentarian of almost everything UGK and easily one of the few men Bun B trusts more than anything other than his shoe collection and family. Actually, Ashrawi is like family after the two befriended one another. Last fall, Ashrawi released his All Star Tribu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Saturday Night: Action Bronson at Numbers

    Action Bronson Numbers September 22, 2012 After working hundreds of concerts over the last three years, most of them being rap and hip-hop shows, I feel like if I've seen one rap show, I've seen them all. The rapper arrives late, takes the stage past midnight, gives respect to Pimp C and DJ Screw, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    A GAY ISLAND??: The Best & Worst Facebook Responses To Bun B Supporting Gay Marriage

    When President Barack Obama said in an interview last week that he supported same-sex marriage, it lit up the Internet with discussion. The dialogue split between those championing the president's words, and his detractors damning him (again) for going against what they saw as biblical and social no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Mudbug Music: The Perfect Soundtrack for Your Next Crawfish Boil

    Fat Pat's "Tops Drop" on the way to buy the crawfish in Kemah and UGK's "Wood Wheel" for the drive back. These are just two of the songs that Rocks Off's Nathan Smith recommends to start your day-long crawfish boiling festivities. If you think that zydeco music and only zydeco music is the right ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Last Night: Big K.R.I.T. At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marco Torres​Big K.R.I.T. Fitzgerald's February 22, 2012 Big K.R.I.T. ended his set at Fitzgerald's on Wednesday, hand on chest, with a debut performance of his new single, "I Got This," his gift to Houston for supporting his brand of Southern-fried rap. The crowd had cheered him li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    The Space City Beat Battle & The Best H-Town Producers Ever

    Despite a venue conflict, the championship edition of the Space City Beat Battle will go on Saturday evening at the Mercury Room. If you've never been to one it's almost like watching a ritualistic rite of passage where cocksure arrogance and chest pounding reign supreme. Sample based producers who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    7 Houston Rap Tributes by Non-Houston Rappers

    Are you happy with your current city? Yeah? Then feel free to ignore this list of rappers from other cities drooling over all things Houston. It's likely to breed envy. Some of these come from gushing fans and some are random, but the vast majority illustrate just how much rappers love Houston. Dig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    UGK's Top 10 Most Insightful Songs, Part 2

    As Rocks Off continues our countdown of UGK's Most Insightful Tracks, it's important to point out that this isn't a "best of" list. Perhaps this is a safer route, but it doesn't make the list any less important. Especially as we break into the Top 5, the joking in Part 1 subsides and things get seri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    UGK's Top 10 Most Insightful Songs, Part 1​There's a big difference between being a fanatic and fan of someone's music. We all know this, but let's spell it out for the slow kids in class. For instance, Rocks Off is a fanatic of Death Cab for Cutie. We love their deep cuts as much as the widely known "Soul Meets Body." We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Five Posthumous Rap Albums Up For Debate

    ​Recently, and with a certain amount of controversy, Rap-A-Lot made available a bundle of previously unreleased songs disguised as a new Pimp C album. Posthumous records are unsafe footing. It's entirely capable that they can be built into capable, glorious, heartbreaking goodbyes; in 2009, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    New UGK/Big K.R.I.T. Song Holds Fast To That Wood​It's not quite up to Tupac-level proportions yet, but UGK keeps pouring out that prime Southern rap unencumbered by Pimp C's untimely December 2007 demise. The latest track, leaked by the Smoking Section this morning, is the expertly sculpted ode to steering wheels " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    UGK's Top Five Most Underrated Songs

    ​UGK has churned out tons of hits over the last couple of decades, with more promised. Still, there's a bunch of notable songs that never gained the recognition they deserved. In the second installment of our Southern Way celebration, behold UGK's most underappreciated cuts. We decided to kee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    The Southern Way: UGK 's Top 12 Disciples

    ​On April 26, 1988, 23 years ago today, UGK kicked off a long and influential career with the release of their cassette-only debut, The Southern Way. It's impossible to overstate the duo's Texas-sized influence on Southern rap. The slow-rolling, tough-talking grooves showcased on seminal albu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    What Is The Best Pimp C Verse Of All Time?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture. Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray​This Week's Panel: Bun B, Trae,Yung Redd, Lil' Flip, Fat Pimp, H-Kan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.'s Xperiment: Build Your Own Mixtape​Recently, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., or as we've unofficially taken to calling him, The 135-Pound Smile, set to work on promoting Xperiment 2, a hybrid mixtape/self-marketing ploy. Rather than simply sending out a completed mixtape to various media outlets, he sent out a sort ... More >>

  • Music

    July 29, 2010

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    How Bun B dealt with Pimp C's death.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Help Rocks Off Adjust This Year's HPMA Categories

    Jay Lee2009 HPMA Best Blues, Best Guitarist and Local Musician of the Year Little Joe Washington​Rocks Off is about to take the first steps down the long and winding road to this year's Houston Press Music Awards in late July, but we'd like our readers' help with something first. We will be revisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Five Spot: Five Obscure UGK Features, With Downloadable Links

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to ​Yo, maybe you heard, maybe you didn't, but there's some concerts an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Hot Seat: Lee-Coc, Richmond Revolutionary

    Every Friday, Rocks Off will beam hip-hop artists into our demented, imaginary, incredibly witty, fantasy world of pretend scenarios. We predict it'll soon be known as a feared interrogation of hip-hop artists, revealing their most-inner thoughts and desires. In reality, it's just a fucking cool Q&a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 1: Mike Jones' Who Is Mike Jones?

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones? (Asylum, 2005) ​Before you fire off some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    The H-Town Countdown, No. 2: UGK's Ridin' Dirty

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. We're counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to UGK Ridin' Dirty (Jive, 1996) ​When UGK first came into focus with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Goodie Mob at House of Blues, With a Completely Unexpected Bun B Cameo

    Photos by Marco Torres / Click here for a slideshow​9:25 p.m.: Standing in line to pick up tickets with the photographer, Bun B happens to walk up right behind us. (The Bun B Law of Inevitability is infallible.) I turn around and tell him hello and that we've spoken on the time several times ... More >>

  • Music

    December 17, 2009

    It Was What It Was

    Amid a wash of national phooey, plucking Houston rap's pivotal 2009 moment is easy.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Five Spot: The First Annual Pimp C Hip-Hop Health and Wellness Fair

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to ​Today marks the two-year anniversary of Pimp C's death. Quick a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Five Spot: A Crap N.O.R.E. Track Reminds Us of Bun B's Better Days

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to Torres​ Yesterday, N.O.R.E. released "Set Trip," a wispy, "Look How Tough I Am," available-via-Internet tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Ask a Rapper: Scooby of G.R.I.T. Boys Gives Us the Three Greatest Houston Rap Groups Ever, Including His Own

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston@ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    High-Fiving T-Pain, Wondering Why We Can't Quit Plies' "Plenty Money"

    [Note: Thursday night T-Pain, Wale and DJ MOS performed a private concert at downtown nightclub Venue. Our man Shea Serrano was on the red carpet and inside.] Photos by Larami Culbertson"Is it true what they say about the size of a man's chain?"​ 9:17 p.m.: Yo, the PR camp from Heineken, that comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: H-Town Underground All-Stars

    Mark C. AustinB L A C K I E holds court at Dean's on Showcase Sunday.​ We heard a rumor bubble up a while ago about how a couple of the Houston Press Best Underground Hip-Hop nominees were supposed to be working on a group track together. There was even supposed to be a co-sign from Bun B worked i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The H-Town Countdown: Setting the Table

    Roughly 84,000 rap albums have been released in Houston since 1989. For the next six months, we'll be counting down the 25 best of all time every Thursday. Got a problem with the list? Shove it. Just kidding. Friendship. Email it to​For the last few weeks we have pored over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Five Spot: The Illustrious Dustin Prestige

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to suspect the goal of every music writer is to be able to answer "Who are you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Five Spot: Flying the Mddl Fngz

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to Fngz is a hard hitting (and totally texter-friendly) rap group that forme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Balls Deep, UGK, DMX, MC Hammer, Theophilus London, Run-DMC, Lil' Jon and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Hoes," Balls Deep Wire To Wire Bun B will release the final UGK album, 4 Life, this March. We ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Tonight: Pimp C Tribute on KPFT's "Damage Control"

    Has it really been a year already? Indeed it has: On December 4, 2007, Port Arthur-born MC and producer Pimp C was found dead in his Hollywood hotel room; the Los Angeles County Coroner listed the cause as a combination of sleep apnea and accidental overdose of codeine-containing cough syrup. To say ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    2008 HPMA Winner List

    Well, here it is. Congrats to nominees and winners alike. - Chris Gray Best Local Album: UGK, Underground Kingz Best Local Song: UGK feat. OutKast, “Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)” Local Musician(s) of the Year: UGK Best Mainstream Hip-Hop: UGK Best Songwriter: John Evans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Ten Great Hip-Hop Breakup Songs (Because Valentine’s Day Is for Suckas)

    “I Hate U Bitch,” Z-Ro: Z-Ro is at his most vulnerable in this balmy, spring-like guitar and keyboard track. Break-ups are often confusing, and Z-Ro teeters here between tearful rage and pounding your fists into bloody pulp sadness. (Just as effortlessly as he shifts gears from singing and rappi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2008

    Two Nights Ago: Bun B and Other Members of the UGK Family

    The Return of the Trill Warehouse Live February 8, 2008 Better than: The first time you pulled off that dance move from House Party where you hold onto your right foot with your left hand and then jump over it with your other leg. Download: "Pocket Full Of Stones," "Front, Back..." and "One Day" ... More >>

  • Music

    December 13, 2007

    R.I.P. Pimp C

    Remembering a Down South Legend

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    Download: Pimp C, 1973-2007

    A quick note: This isn't by any means a definitive Pimp C playlist. Over on the XXL blogs, Noz is doing an amazing job unearthing all manner of Pimp-related rarities, and you owe it to yourself to dig a little deeper and check it out. 1. Solomon Burke: "Got to Get You Off of My Mind." Preview/Buy f ... More >>

  • Music

    August 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    This Just In: Rock the Bells Canceled

    According to the Rock the Bells Web site, the hip-hop package tour’s Houston date, featuring Wu-Tang Clan, UGK, Nas, Pharoahe Monche and several others scheduled for Wednesday at Reliant Center, has been canceled. No reason was listed on the Web site, but HoustonSoReal founder and sometime Press c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2007

    Geography with Pimp C

    In the August issue of Ozone, Pimp C. unloaded on Russell Simmons and studio slangers and assorted fake rappers. He also demonstrated a somewhat eccentric view of geography by claiming that Atlanta was not in the South. (After all, he said, it is in the Eastern time zone, which is the same time zon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    All Up in the Ozone

    Houston DJ and “mixtape mogul” Kidd Crisco, whose “Block Party” goes live at 7 p.m. every weeknight on Party 104.9 while you troll Richmond and Westheimer in your candy-painted whip, is a finalist in this year’s Tastemaker contest, sponsored by Ozone magazine and the TJ’s DJs Web site. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2007

    South By Lomax: Part Two

    How blue can UGK get? So me and my dad used to argue about who the best instrumental band of all time was. I always stumped for the Meters; Dad told me I had it all wrong, that it was Booker T. and the MG's. And after seeing their reunion show at a jam-packed Antone's last night, I'm begin ... More >>

  • More >>