UGK – UGK 4 Life UGK – UGK 4 Life

UGK - UGK 4 Life

UGK - UGK 4 Life

Unless you happen to be a down-south rap, syrup sippin’ fanboy, listening to an entire UGK album sounds like a sub-par prank at best; although I can totally see some scene’d-out hipster bumping some UGK as some sort of post-ironic statement. But what happens when something you totally expect to suck, is actually kinda good? Get the album and bury it in your Ipod for when you need that perfect guilty pleasure to get you through the day.

“UGK 4 Life” is exactly what you’re expecting. Drawl’d-out lyrics from Bun-B over rat-tat-tat-tat drum beats with some guest spots by Snoop, Too Short, E-40, Akon and others. It’s almost like UGK decided to purposefully provoke critics. Talk about a formulaic and predictable rap album; you got your “party song”, your “hard-as-hell song”, your “chill song”, your “socially conscious song”, your “this one goes out to all the ladies song”, and your “Jesus Christ Akon, why are you such a goddamn pervert?” song.

All the worn out rap/hip-hop elements are there, so why can’t I bring myself to hate this album? Maybe its all the understated nuances I’m not immediately drawn to, like the lesser-known guest appearances, or the jazzy hooks and choruses NOT sung by idiots whose names rhyme with Fake-On, or even just the subtle length of the album that might even leave you wanting a little more.

If you’re not already a fan, “UGK 4 Life” isn’t the album that is going to open your eyes to rap and hip-hop – But it ain’t bad; and it just might be the perfect album to cure your boner for some rap music.

UGK - UGK 4 Life, reviewed by Delicious on 2009-05-27T21:44:30-07:00 rating 3.1 out of 5

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