|'International Players Anthem (I Choose You)'|
|Single by UGK featuring Outkast|
|from the album Underground Kingz|
|Released||June 6, 2007|
|Songwriter(s)||Bernard Freeman, Chad Butler, Andre Benjamin, Antwan Patton, Jordan Houston, Paul Beauregard|
|Producer(s)||DJ Paul, Juicy J|
|UGK singles chronology|
|OutKast singles chronology|
'International Players Anthem (I Choose You)' is a song by American hip hop duo UGK, released on June 6, 2007, as the second single from their fifth studio album Underground Kingz (2007). The song, produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia, features verses from fellow Southern hip hop duo Outkast.
UGK (short for Underground Kingz) was an American hip hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas, formed in 1987, by the late Chad 'Pimp C' Butler. He was then joined by Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman, who became his longtime collaborator. They released their first major-label album Too Hard to Swallow, in 1992, followed by several other albums charting on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. UGK - Underground Kingz 2007 192kbs Covers - Rap.zip. UGK - Underground Kingz 2007 192kbs Covers - Rap.zip 175.87MB Archive file Create Time: 2015-11-17 Files: 1. Super Tight., an Album by UGK (Underground Kingz). Released 30 August 1994 on Jive (catalog no. Genres: Southern Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap. Featured peformers: Bun B (performer, songwriter), Pimp C (programming, performer, songwriter), Tim Kimsey (recording engineer, akatext mixing roleid 1327.akatext), Tim Latham (recording engineer, akatext mixing roleid 1327.akatext.
The song's beat was originally produced for Project Pat, who used it on the track 'Choose U' from his 2002 album Layin' Da Smack Down. The instrumental contains a sample of 'I Choose You' by Willie Hutch. The song hit number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it their first and only song to reach the chart. The song's official remix, featuring verses from Three 6 Mafia, is a bonus track on the album.
The song's official music video, directed by Bryan Barber, premiered on MTV Jams on June 4, 2007. The video is centered on the fictional wedding of Outkast member Andre 3000, progressing through the men's waiting room before the ceremony, the wedding itself, the reception, and the afterparty dance. Before the wedding ceremony, UGK member Bun B and friends ridicule Andre 3000 for supposedly rushing into getting married, and poke fun at him for wearing a red kilt ('I've got Scottish in my family,' Andre calmly states). DJ Paul humorously says that it makes him look like Roddy Piper of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Andre defends his decision to get married, saying that he is ready to take the next step in life, and in turn berates his friends for not looking to get into commitments themselves. During the wedding, Andre talks about text messaging past flings and telling them that he has found love and will be giving up his life as a player. The audience remains seated as the bride, played by actress Salina Soto (CSI:NY, Forbidden), marches to the altar, a boy plays with an oversize toy spaceship, and one of Andre's past flings makes a side remark to him (the verse that is being rapped), to the dismay of her date, Fonzworth Bentley. A choir and its director sing the 'I Choose You' vocals as the wedding progresses, while the groomsmen and other friends implore Andre to 'keep your heart, 3 stacks!'. Later at the afterparty, two of Andre's past flings get into an argument while attempting to catch the bride's bouquet, which escalates into a full-blown fist fight that destroys the wedding cake and much of the buffet. The male onlookers are pleasantly shocked, the bride is almost reduced to tears, but the rest of the main characters (including the bride) all smile at the end, apparently having a good time. The video features cameo appearances by Bishop Don 'Magic' Juan, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionaire, T-Pain, Fonzworth Bentley, David Banner, Kardinal Offishall, Nicole Ari Parker, Big Gipp, comedian DeRay Davis, and comedian Alex Thomas, along with actor Lukas Haas. This became the last video appearance of UGK member Pimp C, before his death on December 4, 2007.
The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The song was number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.Pitchfork Media's 'Top 500 songs of the 2000s' listed the song at number 43.
At the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards in October, 'International Player's Anthem' was nominated for Best Video and won Best Collaboration. Kanye West had won the Best Video award but felt UGK deserved it more, subsequently calling up Big Boi during his acceptance speech, who returned the award feeling West deserved it. At the 2008 BET Awards, the song won BET Award for Video of the Year.
|US Billboard Hot 100||70|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||12|
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)||10|
- ^Top Music Charts - Hot 100 - Billboard 200 - Music Genre Sales
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- Music video for 'International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)' on YouTube
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 7, 2007|
|Genre||Hip hop, southern hip hop|
68:02 (Disc 2)
|Producer||N.O. Joe, AVEREXX, Below, The Blackout Movement, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Jazze Pha, Joe Traxx, John Bido, Lil Jon, Marley Marl, MoMo, Pimp C, Swizz Beatz, DJ B-Do, Scarface, The Runners, Yung Fyngas|
|Singles from Underground Kingz|
|The New York Times||(favorable)|
Underground Kingz is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo UGK. The album was released on August 7, 2007, by Jive Records. The album includes collaborations with Z-RO, T.I., Talib Kweli, Rick Ross, Jazze Pha, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Slim Thug, Dizzee Rascal, Too Short, Charlie Wilson, Middle Fingaz, OutKast, Three 6 Mafia, and many more. Production mainly came from Pimp C, N.O. Joe, Lil Jon, Jazze Pha, Swizz Beatz, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Scarface and Marley Marl.
The first single was believed[by whom?] to be 'Stop-N-Go', but it was confirmed that the first single was 'The Game Belongs To Me', produced by N.O. Joe.
The second single was 'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)' featuring OutKast, and the video was released on 106 and Park, June 16, 2007. The track is a remix of 'Players Anthem' featuring Three 6 Mafia (both versions were produced by DJ Paul and Juicy J). The video was awarded Video of the Year at the 2008 annual BET Hip-Hop awards. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. This song was number 10 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007, and reached number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their only song to chart there.
Pitchfork Media's 'Top 500 songs of the 2000s' listed the song at number 43. The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 160,000 copies sold in its first week. It was their first album since Pimp C had finished serving a lengthy prison term. The album was also Pimp C's final performance before his death on December 4, 2007, in Los Angeles, California, four months after the album's release. As of 2011, it has sold 500,000 copies.
Credits adapted from liner notes.
|1.||'Swishas and Dosha'||Steve Below, Pimp C(co.)||5:11|
|2.||'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)' (featuring Outkast)||DJ Paul, Juicy J||4:19|
|3.||'Chrome Plated Woman'||Pimp C||4:17|
|4.||'Life Is 2009' (featuring Too $hort)||Scarface, Randy 'Big Tyme' Jefferson (add.)||4:07|
|5.||'The Game Belongs to Me'||N.O. Joe, AVEREXX, Pimp C (co.)||5:14|
|6.||'Like That (Remix)'||Steve Below, Pimp C (co.)||3:50|
|7.||'Gravy'||AVEREXX, Pimp C (co.)||4:57|
|8.||'Underground Kingz'||Pimp C||4:33|
|9.||'Grind Hard' (featuring Young T.O.E. and DJ B-Do)||DJ B-Do, Pimp C (co.)||4:03|
|10.||'Take tha Hood Back' (featuring Slim Thug, Vicious and Middle Fingaz)||The Runners||5:36|
|11.||'Quit Hatin' the South' (featuring Charlie Wilson and Willie D)||Pimp C||6:06|
|12.||'Heaven'||Pimp C, N.O. Joe||4:20|
|13.||'Trill Niggas Don't Die' (featuring Z-Ro)||John Bido, Yung Fyngas, Joe Traxx, Pimp C (co.)||4:27|
|1.||'How Long Can It Last' (featuring Charlie Wilson)||Pimp C, N.O. Joe||6:47|
|2.||'Still Ridin' Dirty' (featuring Scarface)||Scarface||5:19|
|3.||'Stop-N-Go' (featuring Jazze Pha)||Jazze Pha||3:54|
|4.||'Cocaine' (featuring Rick Ross)||N.O. Joe, The BlackOut Movement, Pimp C (co.)||4:50|
|5.||'Two Type of Bitches' (featuring Dizzee Rascal and Pimpin' Ken)||MoMo, Pimp C (co.), N.O. Joe||4:56|
|6.||'Real Women' (featuring Talib Kweli and Raheem DeVaughn)||Pimp C, N.O. Joe||4:32|
|7.||'Candy'||Scarface, Randy 'Bigg Tyme' Jefferson (co.)||3:30|
|8.||'Tell Me How Ya Feel'||Jazze Pha||4:25|
|9.||'Shattered Dreams'||Pimp C||5:14|
|10.||'Like That'||Lil Jon||2:47|
|11.||'Next Up' (featuring Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap)||Marley Marl||3:03|
|12.||'Living This Life'||N.O. Joe, Joe Scorsese||5:07|
|14.||'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)' (featuring Three 6 Mafia) (Chopped & Screwed by OG Ron C) (bonus track)||DJ Paul, Juicy J||5:31|
|15.||'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)' (featuring Three 6 Mafia) (bonus track)||DJ Paul, Juicy J||3:20|
|16.||'Hit the Block' (featuring T.I.) (bonus track)||Swizz Beatz||3:58|
|17.||'Top Drop Dyne' (featuring Cory Mo)||4:06|
- 'Swishas and Dosha' contains a sample of 'From Step to You' by Stephen J. Rideau.
- 'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)' contains samples of 'I Choose You' by Willie Hutch and 'I Choose You' by Project Pat.
- 'Chrome Plated Woman' contains a sample of 'Hercules' by Allen Toussaint.
- 'Life Is 2009' contains a sample of 'Life is... Too Short' by Too Short.
- 'Grind Hard' contains a sample of 'Cocaine In The Back of the Ride' by UGK.
- 'Quit Hatin' the South' contains a sample of 'Let's Straighten It Out' by Benny Latimore.
- 'Trill Niggas Don't Die' contains a sample of 'I Just Want to Celebrate' by Nick Zesses & Dino Fekaris.
- 'How Long Can It Last' contains a sample of 'Something in the Past' by One Way.
- 'Still Ridin' Dirty' contains a sample of 'The Fix' by Scarface.
- 'Two Type of Bitches' contains a sample of 'Daddy Could Swear, I Declare' by Gladys Knight & The Pips.
- 'Real Women' contains a sample of 'Can't Hide Love' by Earth, Wind, & Fire.
- 'Candy' contains a sample of 'Bridge Thru Time' by Lonnie Liston Smith.
- 'Shattered Dreams' contains a sample of 'Goin' Thru School and Love' by Raydio.
- 'Next Up' contains a sample of 'The Symphony' by Juice Crew.
- 'Living This Life' contains samples of 'Free' by Goodie Mob and 'Free at Last' by Al Green.
- 'Hit the Block' contains a sample of 'Spit Your Game (Remix)' by The Notorious B.I.G..
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