Rarities: “Underground King”

UGK – “Underground King

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Complex is running an article about the greatest demos in all of hip-hop and “Underground King” by UGK (the Pimp C/Mitchell Queen incarnation) got a name check. Here’s what the article had to say about it:

“One of the earliest demos credited to the group, “Underground King” doesn’t even feature Bun B, but the first incarnation of UGK—Pimp C and Mitchell Queen. (When Bun and Jalon Jackson of fellow Port Arthur, TX duo, P.A. Militia, joined the group, it began doing business as 4 Black Ministers. After Queen and Jackson left Pimp C and Bun B reverted back to the name UGK.) Regardless, historical documents don’t get much more intriguing or entertaining than this late ’80s artifact, which finds Pimp C and Mitch spitting over “Funky Drummer,” and pointedly dissing colleagues over in Houston (“R-A-P-A-L-O-T ain’t shit to me”—from Pimp C, of course). Trill shining.”

It’s not really anything that a UGK head wouldn’t already know, but it’s cool regardless. The song itself has never leaked as far as I know; the one in the article and the one in this post are both ripped from one of the tribute shows that Damage Control did for Pimp, the ’07 one I believe. The quality ain’t the best—it is a demo ripped from the radio, after all—but enjoy it for what it is.

Also, I’m rolling at Pimp dissing Rap-A-Lot. Hindsight is funny like that.