Throwback Friday #5 – Southern Kingz

In 1987, Chad “Pimp C” Butler formed UGK (Underground Kingz) and soon recruited Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. The duo signed with Jive Records and released several albums beginning in 1992 with Too Hard to Swallow. In 1994 they released their second album, Super Tight, which included the hit track “It’s Supposed to Bubble” and was listed on the Billboard Hot 200. They were later featured on the hit singles “Big Pimpin’” by Jay-Z and “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia.

In December 2007, Pimp C passed away from an accidental medication overdose in his West Hollywood hotel just days after performing with Too Short at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Bun B is working on finalizing the last UGK album which the duo was in the process of recording when Pimp C passed away.

Throwback Friday #4 – from Hood to Hollywood

Ice Cube first gained rap fame as a member of the controversial group N.W.A. in the late 1980’s. He left N.W.A within a few years to begin his highly successful solo career and also has become an iconic actor, screenwriter, film director, and producer (more to come on that…). He reunited with Dr. Dre of N.W.A. in 1994 to release the hit “Natural Born Killaz.”

Throwback Friday #3 – Welcome to Cleveland

Started in Cleveland in 1991, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony quickly rose to success after linking up with Eazy-E in 1994 to release Creepin on ah Come Up. “Tha Crossroads,” was on their sophomore album E. 1999 Eternal. A tribute to the recently deceased Eazy-E, this Grammy winning song was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 15 years ago today. Being from Cleveland myself, I will always love Bone, and this song is one of their best.