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UGK, 1999

warehouse district (houston, tx) PHOTO BY DERON NEBLETT Even before the career-altering summer of 2000 where they saw two songs they were featured on (Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” and Three 6 Mafia’s “Sippin’ On Syrup”), become hit singles, you got the sense that UGK would still be happy only being known in their underground circles, where fans and friends outnumbered pen-wielding critics. It was there that people listened to their music because it defined them, not just because it was the popular thing to listen to. Perhaps that’s why when all of the fame and accolades came their way, UGK opted to keep it street and continue to work with the same people they’d been working with, and making the same music they’d been making. Their middle-finger attitude towards the industry is probably best defined by the quote on Bun’s Da Link Went t-shirt in this photo: “fools trade their souls for gold, in an attempt to take hold of things they can’t control.”

OZONE MAG // 61

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