6. Super Tight, UGK
Bun B and Pimp C are perhaps the greatest Southern rap group ever, besides the Geto Boys. Everyone has their UGK preference— many hold Ridin’ Dirty as their best work (it’s probably their most comprehensive), while others champion early works like Too Hard To Swallow and the fantastic ’94 LP, Super Tight.
There isn’t a weak song on Super Tight, but what’s fascinating is Pimp C’s approach to the production. As a fan of New Orleans funk, he brought in local musicians from the city to replay samples live in the studio with him. Artists included Chris Severin on bass, David Tornkanowsky on keyboard, and guitarist Leo Nocentelli of the legendary Meters. In his love for music, he went beyond mere sampling to dig up deeper textures and create an on-record atmosphere that no one in the South was coming close to at the time. Few have matched the sound since.