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Too Hard to Swallow
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this is da cd that put me on 2 UGK way back n da dayz. i mean way back when da song "Tell me something good" was laced with da ISLEY BROTHERS "Summer Breeze" sample loop( not available on this cd, it was a local tape release only ). this cd contains what i believe 2 b the greatest dopeman song ever created 2 this day " POCKET FULL OF STONES". i know u probably heard it on da "Menace 2 Society" soundtrack but this cd contains the pure and uncut version. and da song "COCAINE N DA BACK OF THE RIDE" is da first song i ever heard someone give a shout out 2 "LOUISIANA", much luv 4 dat. although "Tell Me Somethin Good" appears twice on the cd, Pimp C remix is definitely somethin u can smoke treez 2. i cannot give enuff props 2 UGK 4 what they've done 4 da dirty south, and everybody from da" South "should have this sh!t n they house/car. b 4 Master P, b 4 Scarface, there was U G mf K.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
These boys been doing they thing for what, 15 years now. I didnt know about this album until recently. I was very familiar with Ridin Dirty tho. I thought that that was there first album. Hearing this album that came out 3 years earlier impressed me even more. They laid down the groundwork for Southern hip hop that was based on Blues, Soul, and G Funk. This was back in the early 90's when Southern hip hop and West Coast were basically talking to each other both being heavily influenced off each other. These guys along with 8 ball & MJG, Triple Six, Outkast, Goodie Mobb, and the Geto Boys are the only groups that can be called Dirty South Legends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
ugk ....what can i say? i bought as many of their cd's as i could afford! i can't take 'em outta the player!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
UGK is by far the best rap group out there. This CD was made in 92, but it still could be played today. Something Good, Short Texas, Cocaine in the Back of The Ride, and I'm so Bad are the best, but the rest are better than any song Crap Money or No Talent Records has ever done. Pimp C and Bun B, puttin it Down 4 Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Back in 1992 before we had the internet where an up and coming artist who had a demo/mixtape had the ability to upload and hopefully the right ears would hear it, people would sell out of the trunk of their car and send it to local radio stations, etc, manually. Well that is what The Underground Kings did with their EP The Southern Way (on Big Tyme Records). Someone up at Jive Records got a hold of the tape, told them to re-record the songs and add a few more new tracks to it, and you have Too Hard To Swallow. This is what most people are familiar with when they hear this album.

There are many similarities in the songs if you heard The Southern Way, Too Hard To Swallow. The first song "Something Good" starts off the album well. Many people don't know that the song on Too Hard to Swallow is edited, while the explicit version is on The Southern Way. The song here vibes well which I like. Next is the late Pimp C solo track "Use Me Up", where he samples Bill Withers cleverly. Also this song is edited, as the explicit version appears on The Southern Way. Next is "Pocket Full Of Stones" which is different than the one that is on the Menace II Society: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, as this version uses an awkward sample from an LL Cool J song. I like the version on the soundtrack better. "Short Texas" featuring Blue Light also appeared on The Southern Way, but its no different than on this album. The track has a nice vintage 90's feel to it. "Cocaine In The Back Of The Ride" also appeared on The Southern Way. The version here is a little modified production wise and sounds way better than the earlier version (I hate to say this but Bun B was off beat on The Southern Way version but sounds perfect here). "Too Hard To Swallow" is a newly recorded track for this album and sounds nice and has a laid back vibe to it. "Cramping My Style" features a female rapper named Infinity and the beat samples The Isley Brothers "Between The Sheets". The track is okay but nothing too special while Infinity and Bun B go back and forth about relationships. The next two songs "I Feel Like..." and "I'm So Bad" are both Pimp C solos. To be honest, they are okay, but they showed him as a growing artist. The next two songs "Trill A** N****" and "976-Bun B" are Bun B solos that appeared on The Southern Way. Here they are modified and have better production while Bun kicks nice verses on both songs. The last song "Something Good" is a remix of the first song of the album. The only differences are the beat is changed again and Bun B changes his last verse.

Overall Too Hard To Swallow is a pretty nice major label debut for the great UGK. You can tell that both Bun and Pimp were growing artists who were taking chances with the music they were making, and as you can see it all worked out. This is an album I recommend to all if you do not have it. I highly recommend you look for The Southern Way EP on the internet and you can see the comparisons between the songs on that and this album. Maybe Jive/RCA/Sony Records can reissue a Legacy edition of this album and include The Southern Way EP tracks, as well as the outtakes from Banned (tracks that Jive Records told them to remove when making this album) into one album. Just short of a classic in my book, but one of the best for the early 90's.

Lyrics: A-
Production: B+
Guest Appearances: B
Musical Vibes: B+

Top 5 Songs:
1. Something Good (Extended Mix)
2. Cocaine In The Back Of The Ride
3. Too Hard To Swallow
4. Short Texas (featuring Blue Light)
5. Use Me Up
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Definitely the best rap group in the south (yes I think they're better then the Geto Boyz & Eightball and MJG). Only 11 songs, but most of the songs are long. It's from 1992 and I still rock it in 2005. Guests are on a few songs and each member has a solo or 2. Most of the lyrics are either dirty or about cocaine. It has 2 classics, 2 I skip and 2 are ok. Production is good on most songs and handled by Bernie Bismarck, Pimp C & Bun B on all the tracks. A Must have southern rap album that paved the way for many to come from Texas.

#1 - 8
#2 - 9 (Pimp C f/ D.J. Bird -- about being played -- good beat)
#3 - 8.5 (the song that made a name for them -- about cocaine -- also on Menace II Society)
#4 - 8 (f/ Blue Light -- about cocaine)
#5 - 6 (another one about yae yo)
#6 - 5.5 (slow beat)
#7 - 7.5 (great beat -- Bun B f/ Ininity -- it be better w/o her verses)
#8 - 8 (Pimp C solo)
#9 - 7.5 (dirty song by Pimp C)
#10 - 10 (CLASSIC w/ great beat -- Bun B solo)
#11 - 10 (Classic dirty song w/ great beat by Bun B)
#12 (remix of #1 -- beat is a little worse on this one)

BUN B -- Bernard Freeman -- b. 1973 -- Port Arthur, TX
PIMP C -- Chad Butler -- b. 12/73 - d. 12/4/07 -- Port Arthur, TX

Underground Kingz!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
Way before Ludacris, David Banner, Lil Flip, No Limit Records, Cash Money, & all that other so called Southern Rap was the underground kingz...and to this day they're still the kingz of the Underground and the South. Way ahead of their time and can never be outdone. This record along with "Super Tight" & "Ridin' Dirty" are must haves.....you've been missin' out if ya ain't heard! Smoke Fat, Listen Loud, Peace
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UGK has been doin' their thing since the late 80's, and since then UGKworked hard representing the South Texas rap scene. In the mid-late 90's, they finally gained some mainstream attention with 1996's Ridin' Dirty, a classic showcase of their skills. 1992's Too Hard To Swallow is one hard bangin' album. Most production goes to the late, great Pimp C with Bun B and Bismark adding some here and there, creating a deep, syrupy, southern fried soundtrack to spit over. "Pocket Full of Stones" is an early crunk classic with a deep rollin' funky beat and thick bass. Many may remember it from the 1993 soundtrack Menace II Society. "Pocket..." was also remixed with a sweet beat and censored lyrics in 1993 (Included on 2002's Side Hustles comp.) and there was a dope part 2 on 1994's classic Super Tight... Many of the other songs here also deal with slanging and using drugs like "Cocaine in the Back of the Ride," and "Feel Like I'm the one Who's Doin' Dope," and those jams have a hard core, dramatic soundscape for the rough lyrics. Those styles of beats would become standards in the early crunk movement that would soon ensue. The title track takes a more mellow approach but still with hard lyrics. The beat is similar more to twangy pre-early-G-Funk. "Use Me Up" is mid-tempo funk with lyrics dealing with being used (or in Pimp C's words "pimped") by women. There are dirty songs like the horny "976-Bub B." One misstep which could be easily skipped over is "Cramping My Style" with an overused and derivative Isley Brothers "Between The Sheets" (1983) sample, and as for the guest Infinity, I am not crazy about her verse. I would have to say that "Pocket Full Of Stones" and "It's Too Hard To Swallow" are my favorite 2 here. Fans of true gangsta style rap and hard core lyrics will definitely love this joint that came out in an era well before gangsta rap was watered down with RnB diva hooks and club beats. It took quite a while before UGK ever got mainstream attention, which they clearly deserved much earlier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
THE BEST DUO EVER IN RAP. WITH THE SICKEST FLOWS. IF YOUR A DIRTY DOWN SOUTH LOVIN RAPPIN MOFO. THAN YOU PROLLY HAVE THIS CD CAUSE ITS A MUST HAVE!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These 2 are just 2 Trill, what more can I say. Don't buy it. If you do, you won't be able to put it down. The virus is catchy.
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