Sunday, September 27, 2009

Guest Spots: "Finger Fuckin'"


Wow, it's been a minute… sorry about the lack of content recently, but you know how real life can be. But you don't wanna hear about that shit—you want some of that UGK goodness. So let's get to it.

Lil' Boosie & Webbie f/ Pimp C - "Finger Fuckin'"
from Ghetto Stories (Trill, 2003)

The Boss Pimps f/ UGK - "Diamonds On"
from Pimpin' Off Top (Boss Play, 2004)

"Finger Fuckin'" and "Diamonds On" are two different versions of a track called "Fuckin' Wit' My Diamondz On" that was supposed to be on a Pimp C solo double disc album from the late '90s; it never materialized however, possibly due to some label related bullshit or his later incarceration. Since it was never released, most of the information about the album comes from this handwritten tracklist.

Thankfully, a lot of those tracks did see release in some form: "Livin' This Life," "Heaven," and "Shattered Dreams" were of course on UGK's self-titled double disc; "Hairy Hole" is probably "Harry Asshole" on 4 Life; "Fallin' in Love Again" was given to Sleepy Brown for his record The Vinyl Room; and "Play Hard" ended up appearing on Ghetto Stories by Lil' Boosie and Webbie.

Unlike the other tracks from Pimp's unreleased solo album, "Fuckin' Wit' My Diamondz On" has appeared at least twice on two different albums. It was first given to Lil' Boosie and Webbie for their aforementioned 2003 album Ghetto Stories. Simply titled "Finger Fuckin'," this version of the track is probably a little bit more well known, if only because the album that it appears on is more well known. The second—and much lesser known—version of the track, "Diamonds On" showed up a year later on Pimpin' Off Top, the debut album by Pimpin' Ken's rap group The Boss Pimps. The only thing that I know about those dudes is the fact that Pimpin' Ken is the group's front man. [The homie B B S from the Word of South forums tells me that the Pimpin' Ken version of the track was indeed the original version; Boosie and Webbie used the track without permission, and Ken sued them for it. Big props to him for that tidbit, as I definitely didn't know that.]

The big difference between the two versions, besides the dudes rappin' on them (Steve Below's beat stays the same thankfully—I don't think it'd be the same without that slinky griminess), is that Bun B shows up for a little outro at the tail-end of "Diamonds On." I think that's a nice little touch that ties the whole track together, though it's too bad that he didn't drop a full sixteen.

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