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 have their entire catalogue and listen to it intently all the time, counting down the days to their concert in Houston. We burn CDs for people, who don't listen to their stuff and force it down their throats. Fanatic.
Now with Big K.R.I.T, we have a measly five of his most popular tracks in our iTunes. We're a fan. We like him, but are far from being a fanatic.
Rocks Off considers ourselves UGK fanatics. A few points that qualify us:
- We did not feed our little brother many times because two of our fingers were attached to the play and record buttons on our cassette players trying to catch "Front, Back, Side to Side" on The Box. Don't judge. He had arms.
- We allowed "Tell Me Something Good" to pump us up so much that we were convinced we could fight a gang full of Crips. That didn't turn out well, by the way.
- We forced our cousin from the Rio Grande Valley, who had no ear for hip-hop in 1999, to listen to "Belts to Match" so much that he was brainwashed into liking it even though he hated it with all his heart. Until this day, his brain loves it, but his heart hates it.
- We have Google alerts set for "Bun B," "Pimp C" and "UGK."
- We have bought UGK T-shirts entirely too small for us on the internet because no other sizes were left, but we thought it would be cool to have them anyway.
- We shadowed UGK at "The Game Belongs To Me" video shoot before having a formal role with Rocks Off.
- We dragged our very uninterested girlfriend a few years back to Premium Goods at 6:30 a.m. for an exclusive Bun B T-shirt signing, while swallowing the humility of being the oldest son of a bitch there (outside of Bun and our now ex-girlfriend). Let's mention that we were the only one without a fade and full head of hair, for good measure.
Depending on who you are, you either see all of that as really cool, really sad or really scary. But you can't deny that it qualifies us to rank UGK's Most Insightful Tracks, because as a total psycho who is now on Bun's bodyguard's watch list because of this self-revelation, we've studied the lyrics of UGK's entire catalogue.
Years of listening to UGK revealed to us this: Although the duo is known for more than a handful of incredible and memorable tracks that define childhoods, teenage years, young adulthoods and family brawls, there are cuts where they enlightened their listeners with heartfelt expressions and analysis that honed in on the state of hip-hop, death, life, the times, God, family, government conspiracies, police brutality, relationships, and poverty.
They were insightful. They penetrated an issue and gave an understanding to the listener about life, yours or theirs, and put the game in context, whether that be hip-hop or an injustice.
Through time, many of those tracks have become buried by the success of the mainstream classics, if you will, like "Big Pimpin'" "International Player's Anthem," even "Front, Back, Side to Side" and "Pocket Full of Stones."
As true fans of UGK, we can't let that happen. So here they are: UGK's most insightful tracks, 10 through six. And we can't forget the honorable mentions.
"Feds In Town": Insightful because Bun speaks in detail about the behavior modifications a drug dealer must make when, well, the "Feds In Town." This one doesn't make the Top 10 because outside the chorus, Pimp C is largely absent, but Bun kills everything on this one.
"Protect & Serve": Insightful because it was a brutal look inside the minds of Bun and Pimp as it pertains to the popular '90s rap topic of police brutality. This was a hit on the Super Tight album in 1994. Not necessarily fresh off the heels of the Rodney King beating of 1991 or the L.A. Riots of 1992, but the wound wasn't necessarily healed either. Still, that ship had sailed and although beautifully put together, compared to the messages of UGK's later works, it gets a pink ribbon. You know, the kind you got on Field Day when your slow ass didn't place in the top six.
"I Left It Wet For You": Insightful because it's important that you know, if you didn't know before, that the younger version of UGK would fuck you up and bang your girl and make her do unthinkable things. As Bun put it, "Suckin' dick while I'm taking shits/ I'll do a bitch bad and treat a nigga worse than that"
God in heaven, Rock Off doesn't want to know what he'd do to that poor man, whose woman gave oral at the feet of the porcelain god.