On this day, July 29, in hip-hop history…
1996: Texas rap duo, UGK, released their third album Ridin’ Dirty, seventeen years ago today.
UGK, consisting of Chad “Pimp C” Butler and his longtime partner Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, have had several albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The group has been featured on hit singles by artists, such as on “Big Pimpin’ by Jay-Z and “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia.
Despite no music videos or official singles being released, it is their best selling album with 847,454 copies sold as of 2011, and 67,200 copies sold in its first week out. Ridin’ Dirty, is their first to be released by a major label (Jive), which gives you some indication of how far the group has gone in four short years.
Although UGK is known for their southern style gangsta rap, Ridin’ Dirty also has its fair share of soulful rap music. The sound of their record is vibrant and direct, bringing you right into the thick of things. It’s not exceptional hardcore rap, but it is entertaining hip-hop music.—Ian Harris