"International Players Anthem (I Choose You)" by U.G.K. is one of the most recognizable Hip Hop songs of the 2000s. This is the kind of record that can be heard anywhere, from car shows in Texas to basement parties in Brooklyn, maybe even at your cousin’s wedding. This song is so good that at the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards Kanye West famously gave his Video Of The Year award to U.G.K. after “Stronger” beat “International Player’s Anthem”. Let's also not forget it's Grammy Nomination. Yes it's that good. U.G.K.'s celebratory anthem also features Outkast and the groups combine as one over a very hypnotic Three 6 Mafia produced beat. The sample used is Willie Hutch's "I Choose You" from the movie The Mack, which is the perfect backdrop for Andre 3000, Pimp C (R.I.P), Bun B and Big Boi to spit tales of woman, money and marriage. The song starts off with Andre 3000 rhyming over the elegant do wop vocal harmonies until a stuttered drum kick changes the mood for Pimp C to spit fire. This beat change/mood switch happen each verse, fitting each rappers personality and tone, kudos to DJ Paul and Juicy J for expertly crafting this record. For Record Store Day Black Friday, Get On Down presents “International Players Anthem” as a special collectible vinyl release shaped like U.G.K.’s home state of Texas!
1. "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
2. "International Players Anthem (Instrumental)"