Friday, December 4, 2009

Remembering the Pimp (1973 - 2007)


Pimp C passed away two years ago today. You already know what it is.

DJ DMD f/ Lee Masta, Pimp C - "The Trill Connection" | LimeLinx
from Twenty-Two: P.A. World Wide (Inner Soul, 1998)

DJ DMD f/ Pimp C - "The Trill Connection II (Breakin' N****z Off)" | LimeLinx
from Thirty-Three: Live from Hiroshima (Inner Soul, 2001)

DJ DMD was a producer, a deejay, and an occasional rapper from Port Arthur, TX. A UGK affiliate since the beginning, he spent time as a member of Pimp's first rap group Dangerous Music Incorporated. He later worked on the UGK's second album Super Tight..., co-producing "It's Supposed to Bubble" and "Three Sixteens" with Pimp. He was one of the album's few guests too, as he dropped a verse on the latter track. He went on to release three albums before he largely retired from making music: his debut Eleven in 1997, Twenty-Two: P.A. World Wide in 1998, and finally Thirty-Three: Live from Hiroshima in 2001.

Unfortunately, Pimp and DMD suffered a falling out. I'm not sure of the exact time line, but the story goes that Pimp had bought some DMD beats and recorded a few songs to them. But he never did anything with them, so DMD sold some of the tracks to Rap-A-Lot (which would be later used for The Sweet James Jones Stories record), while he erased Pimp's vocals from the rest and used them for his own album at the time, Thirty-Three.

It's a real shame that their relationship soured, as I always thought that the work that DMD and UGK did together was always bumping, especially the tracks that Pimp and DMD did together. "The Trill Connection" and its sequel are no exception. Hell, I loved the original enough that I named this blog after it.

Big Boom & The Big Bizness Click f/ Pimp C - "Mr. Player Hater" | LimeLinx
from Paper Chase 2000 (Double, 2000)

"Mr. Player Hater" is another of those pretty obscure tracks—all I've been able to find out about Big Boom is that he's a rapper out of Lafayette, LA. Unfortunately, I know even less about the album that this track is off of. But all I guess you need to know is that it has a Pimp C verse that you probably haven't heard before.

Silky Slim f/ Pimp C - "You Ain't Gonna Be Down" | LimeLinx
from Ole Superstar (Swamp Farm, 1999)

Like the Big Boom track above and several others I have yet to post, "You Ain't Gonna Be Down" is another example of UGK's long-standing relationship with rappers from Louisiana. Silky Slim is from New Orleans and has put out a lot of underground music in the early-to-mid '90s, before releasing this album in 1999. Not much else to say, other than the track being produced by N.O. underground staple Dolby D and of course, the Pimp C feature.

Trae f/ Fat Pat, H.A.W.K., Pimp C - "Swang (Remix)" | LimeLinx
from Swang (Remix) CD single (Rap-A-Lot, 2006)

Now, I know that this track is hardly considered "obscure" but I loved it to death when it first came out in 2006. It's also one of those tracks that takes on new significance due to future events. The original version of this track (released 2005-ish, with a different beat and Trae lyrics) was already a Fat Pat tribute (the sample in the chorus is taken from Pat's verse on "25 Lighters" from DMD's Twenty-Two), but it turned into a H.A.W.K. tribute as well, as a year after the song came out, Pat's brother H.A.W.K. was gunned down. And with Pimp's passing, I like to consider this remixed version to be a tribute to all three of them.

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