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If you’ve been to a hip-hop show in Houston or Austin in the past six months then you’ve obviously seen Sama’an Ashrawi, the lanky 23-year old filmmaker trailing behind numerous artists from Macklemore, Statik Selektah, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., B.o.B, Kendrick Lamar and more. Last year, his All-Star Tribute to UGK brought his mentor Bun B to tears while also compiling interviews from some of the more influential artists in the industry. That was strictly for Bun and the legacy of UGK. It’s sequel, not surprisingly titled Sama’an Ashrawi’s All-Star Tribute To UGK, Pt. 2 might top the original in every facet from length to detail.

The original, at times shot in dark spaces and somewhat off-kilter atmospherics pares in comparison to its sequel which contains multiple venues, artists and sounds. There’s Big K.R.I.T., an obvious heir to the aesthetics of UGK’s southern matrimony speaking on how hanging around Big Sant introduced him to UGK’s breakthrough single “It’s Supposed To Bubble”, Matt Sonzala, the godfather of music at SXSW recanting how UGK broke through his ear drums and multiple individuals from Sway to Just Blaze & Kendrick Lamar remarking on how Pimp C influenced them and how his passing (especially to Just) was one of the hardest hitting moments of his lifetime.

Ashrawi’s advancement as a filmmaker is easy to notice throughout the course of the hour long documentary which covers a ton of ground in a small amount of time. So sit back, kill an hour of your Tuesday night and enjoy the history and legacy of UGK in one setting.

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