Guest Spots: UGK and Bo-Bo Luchiano

Bo-Bo Luchiano f/ UGK – “Get Up Off Me

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from Enemy of Tha MF State (Roggish Life, 2001)

Bo-Bo Luchiano f/ UGK – “Stop Playin’ With Yo-Self

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from Stop Playin’ With Yo-Self CD single (Roggish Life, 2008)

Bo-Bo Luchiano is a Dallas, TX native, a staple of the city’s rap scene, and a long-time UGK affiliate. He started out as a hype man for Ron C (not O.G. Ron C—they’re two different dudes entirely) of the group Nemesis in 1989. He met UGK in 1993 through Ron C, and they recorded a few tracks together. One of these tracks was called “Welcome to Texas”* and was going to be included on a planned, but later scrapped, b-sides version of the then recently released Too Hard to Swallow, but Bo-Bo was left off the track for whatever reason. As a way to make up for it, Pimp offered him a spot as UGK’s hype man, which he accepted.

Bo-Bo traveled with Bun and Pimp throughout 1994 (appearing on stage during concerts with a chainsaw) and was around when they began recording material for their sophomore album Super Tight. He was even slated to appear on the album, as he dropped a verse on its mythical twelfth track “High ‘Til I Die.” Erstwhile Geto Boy Big Mike was the track’s other guest; according to those lucky enough to have heard it, his verse was epic. But sadly, it just wasn’t meant to be, as the track ended up being cut from the album all together due to sample clearance issues. In 1995, after the death of his son—which Pimp referred to in his verse on “One Day” (the “house fire” line, in case you’re wondering)—Bo-Bo decided to resign his spot as UGK’s hype man, but remained a part of the duo’s extended family.

Despite being in the music business for the better part of twelve years, Bo-Bo only put out his debut album Enemy of Tha MF State in 2001. Pimp C produced a track called “Get Up Off Me” for the album; he and Bun also laid down some choice verses for it too, which is no surprise given the history between the three of them. It’s the track that most people probably think of when they think of Bo-Bo, especially since he doesn’t have a whole lot of (released) material to his name. “Get Up Off Me” also has a tendency to show up on UGK bootlegs, such as The Lost Tracks joint from around 2003.

In 2006, Bo-Bo was working on his sophomore album Who’s Tha Mack. Its first single was going to be “Stop Playin’ With Yo-Self,” another track with UGK. Along with Bun and Pimp, the album’s other notable guests included Young Bleed and Kottonmouth. Unfortunately, the album never seemed to materialize and has yet to be released. It might have been shelved, continually pushed back, who knows. Besides showing up on a CD single, “Stop Playin’ With Yo-Self” did manage to show up on a few random mixtapes too, including one Chamillionaire centered mixtape called Houston’s Hardest Artist.

Since 1999, Bo-Bo served as the host of The Dirty South Block Party with Bo-Bo and Nem, a radio show dedicated to showcasing all sorts of music from the third coast, on a local Dallas station called KNON 89.3 FM. Sadly, the show went off the air in 2007.

* There is a good possibility that “Welcome to Texas” might be the same as the “Texas” track that showed up on the “Use Me Up” 12″ single, especially when you consider the “Welcome to Texas, bitch” refrain from the latter. It’s just missing Bo-Bo’s verse.


One Response to “Guest Spots: UGK and Bo-Bo Luchiano”

  1. jpoet850 says:

    I remember when 93blx’s radio dj nick at nite 1st played that “get up off me” a hella long time ago. I remember rushing to find a blank tape to record it lol. I later came across the mp3 during the napster/winmx days.

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