Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mixtapes: Trill Azz Mixez

UGK (Pimp C) - "Deep N' Da Game b/w Top Notch Hoes (Instrumental)" | zShare
UGK - "2 Real b/w Diamonds & Wood (Instrumental)" | zShare
UGK f/ 3-2, Ronnie Spencer - "One Day (Remix)" | zShare
from Trill Azz Mixez (N/A, 1998/99?)

I guess "eventually" came sooner than I thought it would. After posting the link to the version of "Free" off this mixtape, I started listening to the whole thing again and decided to share it with y'all. I won't go too much into the history behind this tape, since Maurice Garland already did that way better than I possibly could.

Basically, all you need to know is that DJ C-Wiz put the mixtape together during the period between Ridin' Dirty and Dirty Money as a way to sate UGK's fanbase. I'd say it worked pretty well, given this tape's popularity. He even did a sequel to it in 2003, called Some Mo' Trill Azz Mixez, but it lacks the same punch as the original.

The best known track from this tape is "Top Notch Hoes," and it's the one that everybody remembers.1 I've seen it sometimes labeled as a possibly unreleased track or an album left-over, but it's really just a combination of the parts of two different songs, like the majority of the tracks on this tape.

The second chorus ("I'm deep in the game…") and the first two verses are taken from a track called "Deep N' Da Game" that Pimp guested on. The track originally appeared on The Smoking Section, a 1998 album from Atlanta, GA native Meen Green. It's also worth noting that on Meen Green's version of the track, Pimp saying "Fuck BET!" was censored, while it remains intact on Trill Azz Mixez.

3re Tha Hardaway f/ Pimp C - "Top Notch Hoes" | zShare
from Undacontruction (Dead Serious, 1999)

The intro, outro, and last verse, along with the instrumental and the first chorus ("Smokin' hydrophonic…") are all from a song actually called "Top Notch Hoes" which appeared on Undacontruction, an album put out by Miami, FL trio 3re Tha Hardaway. Like "Deep N' Da Game" the track was originally recorded in 1998, as Pimp mentions that year in the intro of the Trill Azz Mixez version. However, that part was re-dubbed in the 3re version so that he says '99 instead, probably so it coincided with the release year of Undaconstruction.

Besides the "Top Notch Hoes" blend, the tape includes another rarity in the unreleased (but unfortunately edited) remix of "One Day" with 3-2 and Ronnie Spencer. That alone makes Trill Azz Mixez a required listen for any UGK fan.

1 While this version of "Top Notch Hoes" is an exclusive to Trill Azz Mixez, an unmixed (but lower quality) version also appeared on the myriad of Dirty Money bootlegs and fake promo CDs that came out around the time of the tape's release.

1 comment:

scjoha said...

Interesting detail on Top Notch Hoes Mixtape Version: As you say, the first two verses are from the Meen Green song “Deep in the Game” A certain part of Pimps’ verse on “Deep in the Game” is censored, whereas on “Top Notch Hoes Mixtape Blend” it is not: Pimp C says “Fuck BET!”.

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