UGK Drop ‘Super Tight’ Album: Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Aug. 30 in hip-hop history...
1994: Riding high off off putting their city on the map with the debut album Too Hard to Swallow , UGK was primed and ready to take their sound to the next level. Two years after the debut studio album, Bun B and Pimp C came back with a one-two punch thanks to 1994's Super Tight.
The 11-track album was entirely produced by Pimp C, who encapsulated the duo's twangy, funky, down-South style of rap thanks to studio sessions with The Meters' lead guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Recorded in Dallas, Texas, the album featured guest appearances from Smoke D and Houston rap group 3-2. But even though they wanted to keep their down-home feeling alive, Bun B and Pimp C weren't afraid to branch out and borrow from other coasts. One of the LP's most dance-inducing standouts, "Front, Back & Side to Side," uses samples from The Meters' "Rigor Mortis" as well as "Boyz-N-The-Hood (Remix)" performed by Eazy-E.
The album peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and cracked The Billboard 200 at No. 95. To date, Billboard reports the sophomore effort moved 374,985 copies. It would still be years before the Underground Kingz found mainstream success collaborating with the likes of Jay-Z or Three 6 Mafia, but for Pimp C and Bun B, Super Tight unapologetically encompassed everything they stood for as Southern creatives.
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