Sunday, February 28, 2010

Guest Spots: "Down Heah" a.k.a. "Down Here (Dirty Version)"

1 Gud Cide f/ UGK – “Down Heah” | zShare
from the Unreleased Trill Ass Shit bootleg (N/A, 1998/99?)

“Down Heah” is the uncensored (and probably the original) version of 1 Gud Cide’s “Down Here” with an entirely different beat. The homie Methlab sent it over, through it wasn’t as part of the Unreleased Trill Ass Shit bootleg. It was on another bootleg entirely; in this case, a Pimp C compilation that had some other rare tracks on it, including the uncut version of “Play Hard” with its original outro, where Pimp shit talks Master P and says “Fuck No Limit!”

Most people think that the Unreleased Trill Ass Shit and Kingz 4 Life bootlegs are the same thing, but they’re really not. As I mentioned in my earlier 1 Gud Cide related post, most of the tracks on Kingz 4 Life have been slowed down (with "Take It Off," "Pimpin’," and "Top Notch Hoes" being the sole exceptions, if I remember right) and they fade out before most of the tracks are even over. There are also these really lame sound explosion sound effects sprinkled throughout some of the tracks, usually at the beginning and end of each one. Then there's the fact that the sound quality is just piss-poor, probably due to compression and the erroneous slowing down of the tracks.

Unreleased Trill Ass Shit is different, as the tracks are at their normal speed and those lame sound effects are missing. The sound quality is also just a little bit better, but it's still a bootleg, so it won't be CDQ or anything. Another difference is that the version of "Take It Off" on this particular bootleg is uncensored, while the one on Kingz 4 Life is the same as the one that appears on Dirty Money and The Corruptor soundtrack, which to say that it’s the clean version. Of course, I’ve never come across Unreleased Trill Ass Shit anywhere, so I don’t have it; I just have random tracks off of it that were taken from other bootlegs—such as "Down Heah."

Rarities: "Bump and Grill"

UGK f/ N.O. Joe - "Bump and Grill" | zShare
from I Got the Hook-Up! soundtrack (No Limit/Priority, 1998)

When I wrote the post about Ridin’ Dirty leftovers, I managed to forget to include this particular track. Produced by N.O. Joe, “Bump and Grill” was another track created during the recording of Ridin’ Dirty, but then left off of the record. Since it wasn’t going to be used for UGK’s album, N.O. Joe was going to use the track for an album that he was going to put out (which was also going to include “Time” by Twista and UGK) but he decided not to release it. The track eventually wound up on the soundtrack to I Got the Hook-Up!, the first theatrical release by Master P and No Limit.

Lyrics: An Excerpt from "'93 Mac"

"Uh, welcome to the motherfuckin' '93 super ho convention, bitch
Uh, ha ha. Motherfuckin' '93 macs in the motherfuckin' house
You just slipped and slid into another lick(?) of that weed square, baby
Big baby, the Soul Baby, check it

Shit, I just got outta jail on a Friday
Called up my bitch, told my n*ggas where to find me
Gotta come up, gotta get some fresh drugs
Gotta go to Houston cause they give me much love
Cook up the powder, cut them cookies, sell them rocks
I get a fist of crack and then I stepped out on the block
These young little motherfuckers out here don't remember me
I'm the big crack daddy, a.k.a. Pimp C
N*gga back in stride cause I been locked down
For my pocket full of stones, so n*gga put me down
I want my kush(?) back, I want my bitch back
I wanna buy some gold and get a brand new 'lac
Smooth like Miller, let's filler(?), wanna ride
So pass me the pussy, let me hit the fat tonight
Port Town n*gga with a trunk full of beats
Mac man rolling down the motherfuckin' ghetto streets, bitch
So tell 'em I told ya!"

-Pimp C, "'93 Mac" from the Super Tight... sessions (Jive, 1993/94)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Removed Links

At the request of the UGK camp, I have taken down the original version of "Down Here" that I posted last night, plus the Pimp C freestyle that I had just posted a few minutes ago. Both of those tracks were sent to me by the so-called UGK Wesley, and now I've been told that they were actually stolen from the computer owned by Pimp's mom. Had I known the tracks were stolen, I would never have posted them in the first place. The LAST thing that I want is for people to think that The Trill Connection participates in or condones that kind of triflin' ass garbage.

I'm also only going to say this once, but please don't ask me to send you or link you to either of the offending tracks. While I can appreciate and understand the need to hear some new or unreleased music from Pimp C and UGK, the rep from the camp that I spoke to specifically told me to keep the tracks to myself and not to spread them around any further than they already have been. I'm going to honor that request and I hope you guys can respect my decision to do so. If not, then that's your problem, not mine.

[UPDATE: Bringing this up from the the previous post, so everyone can see it:

"Exposing Hoes said...







Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Guest Spots: "Down Here"

Props to scjoha for reminding me about this track.

1 Gud Cide f/ UGK - "Down Here" | zShare
from Contradictions (Scarred 4 Life, 1999)

Formed in 1991, 1 Gud Cide was a duo from Fort Worth, TX, made up of rappers Twisted Black and Evil Seed. They released their debut album Look What the Streets Made in 1995 through Scarred 4 Life Entertainment. Besides the dope beats and lyrics, their debut is notable for its cover, which features a picture of Twisted Black after he was shot in the face, an event that (obviously) slowed the duo's initial progress in the rap game.

The duo suffered another setback when Black was sentenced to three years in prison due to a parole violation, just two weeks after the release of their debut. Work on their second album Contradictions ground to halt, though it was eventually completed and released in 1999. It featured the Pimp C produced track "Down Here" with UGK, which is unfortunately censored on all versions of the album. The cusses aren't blanked out or anything, but all the "bad" words are replaced ("bitch"="trick") and the lyrics are changed to be less offensive. Even though you can understand the verses, censoring is still censoring.

A low quality (in other words: piss-poor sound, the vocals and beat have been slowed down, and the track fades out before it's even over) uncensored version with an entirely different beat exists on the Kingz 4 Life bootleg, but the track is such low quality I can't even fuck with it. A better quality one may exist on the Unreleased Trill Ass Shit bootleg, but I haven't been able to find it yet.

Twisted Black f/ Bun B - "Damn Fool" | zShare
from Late Bloomer (3R, 2003)

Twisted Black f/ Bun B - "Damn Fool (Remix)" | zShare
from The Life of Tommy Burns (Scarred 4 Life/3R, 2005)

Upon Black's release from prison in 2002, 1 Gud Cide suffered a fatal blow: Evil Seed quit the group, reportedly because Black decided to begin work on a solo album. With 1 Gud Cide effectively finished, Black went on to release two solo albums: Late Bloomer in 2003 and The Life of Tommy Burns in 2005. Both albums feature the track "Damn Fool" with Bun B, though the version that is on The Life of Tommy Burns has been remixed and has an entirely different beat.

In late 2006, Black ran into legal trouble again; he was convicted of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and was sentenced to life in prison. Despite the stiff and career ending sentence, he still managed to release one more album, titled Street Fame, through TVT Records in 2007.

[UPDATE: Removed the dirty version of "Down Here." Please read this post for more info.]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Guest Spots: "The Game Ain't Rated"

A-Dam-Shame f/ Too $hort, UGK - "The Game Ain't Rated" | zShare
from Revelations: The Beginning of the End (Trumpp Tight, 1998)

A-Dam-Shame was a trio of rappers from Atlanta, GA, though they originally hailed from Memphis, TN. Made up of Menace, 12 Gauge, and Lil' Walt, the group got into the rap game relatively late, releasing a street EP titled Thangs Ain't Gone Neva Be Tha Same sometime around 1995, not too long after their arrival in Atlanta. Three years after dropping that EP, they released their full debut album Revelations: The Beginning of the End through Trumpp Tight Records, with its production handled by Pimp C and a producer outta Decatur named Mr. Ku. The album's sole guests were UGK and Too $hort, who both appeared on the track "The Game Ain't Rated."

A-Dam-Shame f/ Too $hort, UGK - "We Got Game" | zShare
from Dirty Game (Trumpp Tight, 2000)

A-Dam-Shame went on to release their sophomore album, titled Dirty Game, in 2000. It featured a spiritual sequel of sorts to "The Game Ain't Rated" in the track "We Got Game," as it again features guest verses from $hort and UGK. [Well, technically. But as scjoha points out, the verses from $hort and UGK are just re-used from the ones they laid down for "The Game Ain't Rated." I guess that makes this track more of a remix than a sequel, huh?] Unfortunately, the version of "We Got Game" that I have is clean, and its censoring is all over the place: the intro and chorus are uncensored, but the verses are all torn up and blanked out. $hort's verse in particular is almost unlistenable. It's a shame, because it would really be a nice track otherwise.

The group released a sequel to Dirty Game in 2003, appropriately titled Dirty Game Pt. II. After that, it seems like they kind of dried up musically, as they haven't released any new material since then. Group member Menace began working on a solo mixtape in 2006, titled Da Re-Up: Da Mixtape, and it's supposed to have some features on it from Bun and Pimp, along with some others. I haven't ran across it though, so I don't know if it was ever released.

Reader Requests: 2/23/10

I don't have much to say here, just filling out some more reader requests. Props to scjoha.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Guest Spots: "What Means the World to You (Remix)"

Cam'Ron f/ Ludacris, Juelz, Trina, UGK - "What Means the World to You (Remix)" | zShare
from What Means the World to You (Remix) 12" single, otherwise unreleased (N/A, 2000?)

"What Means the World to You" was originally the third single off of Cam'Ron's 2000 album S.D.E. (Sports, Drugs & Entertainment). This Trackmasters remix is probably one of the first times that UGK had been featured on a song by an artist from up North. I think it has "Big Pimpin'" beat by a few months at least. [Props to Andrew in the comments for pointing out that "Big Pimpin'" actually beat this track by a year, as it originally came out in 1999. Despite it coming second, I think that the bigger point is that, at the time, Jay and Cam were two of the first Northern rappers to have UGK verses on their shit.] Unfortunately, I don't think this remix was ever really released officially; it was on some mixtapes and white label vinyl, but that's about it.

Between Pimp and Bun, I've never been able to decide who had the better verse here. While you can't beat Pimp saying that what means the world to him is "his paper, steak, and shrimp"—Pimp was a dude who loved eating some shrimp, especially when they were the size of dolphins DULFUNS—there's also something to be said for the "What means the world to me/to me, the world is mean" word play in Bun's verse. Cam, Juelz, Trina, and Luda bring some decent verses too, but I think they get just a little overshadowed here.

The single includes the radio edit (which doesn't include Trina), the extended radio edit (which does include Trina), the explicit version, the instrumental, and finally, the accapella. It's always blessing when you find a UGK-related accapella; they're even rarer and harder to find than the instrumentals for UGK-only tracks.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Videos: "I's a Playa"

Nephew f/ Pimp C - "I's a Playa" (Lethal, 2006)

While I'm not too sure who this Nephew guy is, here's another video for y'all to enjoy.

I'll be blunt: I need a dirty/CDQ of this track in my life. Like, yesterday.

Props to noz for the video.

Guest Spots: "I Betcha Dat (Remix)"

Vicious f/ Pimp C - "I Betcha Dat (Remix)" | zShare
from Am I My Brother's Keeper (1008 Grams, 2008)

Here's another Vicious track that features a Pimp C verse. It appears on Vicious' street album Am I Brother's Keeper that he did with his brother (I'm guessing) Husaholic. It's not really a mixtape though, so don't get it twisted—there's no drops or freestyles on it, just regularly produced tracks and features. I think "I Betcha Dat (Remix)" was one of the first tracks to come out after Pimp's death, and the verse he laid down for it just illustrates what the rap game lost when he died.

X-Mob f/ Pimp C - "Mob or Die" | zShare
X-Mob f/ Pimp C - "Good Times" | zShare
from Paper Chasing (Par-Le, 1997)

…and to round out Pimp's work with X-Mob, here are two joints that were on their 1997 album Paper Chasing, which was also their last one as a group. Pimp isn't dropping verses on either, but he does sing the hooks. I'm not sure if he produced them or not, but they definitely sound like Pimp productions.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Videos: "Stackin' Money"

Three Kings f/ Pimp C - "Stackin' Money" (Upfront, 2007)

No idea who these Three Kings dudes are, but Pimp's verse is the same as the one that's on that "Let's Talk Money" track he did with Lil' Wayne. But, what I wanna know is if anyone has a dirty/CDQ version of this. I can't find one anywhere, and any links I find mentioning the track just link back to this video.

[UPDATE: Methlab sent me a link to this video from the Pitch Control Mixtape DVD, Vol. 3. It looks like it was taken during the filming of the "Stackin' Money" music video, though it credits Ju-Boy and D.O. for the song rather than Three Kings. It only features the chorus and Pimp's verse, but at least it's uncensored.]

Guest Spots: "Bitch N*gga (O.G. Version)"

E600 f/ Pimp C - "Bitch N*gga" | zShare
from Texas Boys soundtrack (One Tyme, 2002)

I'm guessing that this is the original version of the "Bitch N*gga" track that later appeared on Sambow's debut album. It was a part of a 2002 soundtrack that One Tyme Entertainment put out for some movie called Texas Boys. I've never seen the movie myself (or heard of it until now), but according to this article, it was based around Sambow's life growing up in Texas or something.

On this version of "Bitch N*gga," the beat by D.L.P. remains the same, but Pimp is rapping with some dude named E600 instead of Sambow and Platinum Tonge. E600 is a part of the Texas Boys family, which includes Sambow, along with Lil' Kano, Spitfire, C3, Dirtt, and a few other people. Pimp is also featured on a short skit before the track, but it's nothing special: he's just doing his usual shit-talking thing, but only as Pimp could.

Props to reader Erik Russell for pointing me in the right direction with this album. I didn't even think it existed until he shot me an e-mail with a link to its page on Good lookin' out.

Guest Spots: "Watcha Gone Do"

Today's post is yet another example of UGK's strong ties to Louisiana. You might recognize X-Mob member Vicious already, if you've listened to Underground Kingz lately: he showed up to drop a verse on "Take Tha Hood Book" with UGK and Slim Thug. He also had a verse on "I Don't Fuck With You" from Pimp C's Pimpalation record.

X-Mob f/ Pimp C - "Watcha Gone Do" | zShare
from Ghetto Mail (Par-Le, 1995)

Made up of Vicious, Slice, and Bundy-G, X-Mob was a trio of rappers from Lake Charles, LA. Ghetto Mail, their second album, was released in 1995 through Par-Le Records, and Pimp C was the only guest on the album, showing up to rap on and produce "Watcha Gone Do." Pimp's thumbprint is all over the rest of the record too, as he shared production duties with Mannie Fresh.

Vicious f/ Pimp C - "Slow Down" | zShare
from I Ball Like Kobe (Par-La, 2002)

Vicious f/ Bun B - "We Got the Work" | zShare
from Walk Like a "G" (Eye 4n Eye/Par-La, 2004)

X-Mob released their final album in 1997, and then broke up not long afterward. As a result of the break-up, Vicious (also known as E-Vicious) went on to pursue a solo career. Though he suffered a setback that I can't find any specifics about took him out of the rap game for awhile, he eventually returned, releasing I Ball Like Kobe in 2002. Pimp shows up once again, rapping on the Cory Mo produced "Slow Down." (This particular track was later tweaked and added to The Sweet Jones Stories album, but omitted Vicious from it.) His second album, Walk Like a "G", was released two years later and featured Bun B on the track "We Got the Work."

Quick Site Announcements

1.) I went through and changed the URLs of every post that I've made so far, so that people will have a better chance of finding my shit when they're Googling for UGK stuff. Comments are still intact, but if you've posted anything from the site at a forum or whatever, you might need to re-up with the new link.

2.) Depending on how these LimeLinx linked posts work out for me, I'll be uploading what I've posted so far to that site. I'll still keep the old zShare links, but I'll be sticking with LimeLinx until they do something stupid… like deleting all my shit.

3.) I've also just got myself a Twitter account, so if you'd like, feel me to follow me on that. It's another good way to get in touch, if you've got some requests or whatever.

Ridin' Dirty Trivia & Minutiae

Here's some info about Ridin' Dirty that you might have not known before. Props to B B S.

The album's original tracklist looked something like this:
01.) Intro
02.) One Day (featuring 3-2, Ronnie Spencer)
03.) Murder
04.) Pinky Ring
05.) You Don't Know Me, Fool
06.) Diamonds Up Against That Wood
07.) 3 'N Da Mornin
08.) Touched (featuring 3-2)
09.) Fuck My Car
10.) Thats Why I Carry (featuring N.O. Joe)
11.) Hi Life
12.) Good Stuff
13.) Ridin Dirty
14.) Outro
But then "You Don't Know Me" was taken off the CD release at the very last minute. However, it still appears on a couple pressings of the album's cassette and vinyl releases, but only as the clean version. A dirty version does exist, but it remains unreleased.

Also, you might have noticed that the original title for "Diamonds & Wood" was "Diamonds Up Against That Wood." Makes sense I guess, given the track's chorus and screwed sample, which comes from .380's "Elbows Swangin'" off of DJ Screw's 3 'N The Mornin' tape.

Speaking of Screw—you know that picture of Bun and Pimp that was used for the album's cover? It was reportedly taken in front of DJ Screw's house in Houston.

There was a remix to "One Day" recorded, but it has never been released. I'm not sure if it's the same remix as the one that appears on Trill Azz Mixez though.

Finally, to accompany the album's release, UGK recorded a special version of Ridin' Dirty that was titled Ridin' Clean. Like the title may imply, Bun and Pimp went through and re-worked their lyrics to remove the cuss words and the offensive lyrics. It was only available as a vinyl 12" promo, and I've heard bits and pieces of it. It's an interesting oddity, if only to hear the lengths they had to go to clean some of those songs up.

For example, here's Bun B from "Fuck My Car":

"…and didn't even fuck! Man, what the fuck?
If you didn't wanna fuck, then get the fuck up out the truck!"

which on Ridin' Clean becomes…

"You didn't even hit! Man, you need to quit!
If they ain't wanna hit, they need to get up out my shhhhh…"

It's hardly the same. But at least this version wasn't the only one available.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rarities/Guest Spots: Ridin' Dirty Leftovers

Unfortunately, this post probably won't be as robust as I had originally envisioned it to be. Unlike UGK's other albums, there was very little left off from Ridin' Dirty. Out of the tracks that were recorded for it and left on the cutting room floor, I've already talked about three of them: "The Southern Sound," "You Don't Know Me," and "My Bitch." After this post, it will be the last of what I know was left off the record.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Some Thanks, Some News

I just wanna take a quick time-out to say thanks to noz for giving The Trill Connection some pretty big props on Cocaine Blunts by naming it his WEBSITE OF THE WEEK of the month. I'd also like to thank all of his readers that have stopped by and checked out what I've been doing here for the last six months or so.

Besides the self-congratulatory bullshit, I'd also like to mention that you can expect some new posts within the next couple of days or so. I'm waiting on a few CDs (including that Texas Boys joint), so as soon as I get those I'll be able to throw something up for you. I'm also planning a post dedicated to the rest of the leftovers from Ridin' Dirty, but that will probably come later. Besides the regular posts, I'm also still taking requests, so if you have something in particular you wanna hear, just hit the comments, the shout-box, or the e-mail.

…so, how does being WEBSITE OF THE WEEK of the month work anyway? Do I get a plaque or something?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Guest Spots: "I Don't Owe U"

918 f/ Ronnie Spencer, UGK - "I Don't Owe U" | zShare
from Reincarnated (Smugglin', 2001)

Named after their Oklahoma area-code, 918 was originally a duo from Tulsa made up of rappers C.T.S. and E-Loc. In 1997, the duo released their debut album Zaggin Gon' Be Zaggin through the peculiarly named Haunted House Records. Unfortunately, C.T.S. was shot and killed while putting up promotional material for their debut. Despite C.T.S.'s death, E-Loc kept the duo's name alive and released a second album in 2001; he titled it Reincarnated and dedicated it to his fallen comrade. "I Don't Owe U" is a Mike Mosley produced track that features UGK and a Ronnie Spencer chorus, with Loc talking a little bit about C.T.S.'s death. It's really quite poignant, which is kind of a given whenever UGK and Ronnie Spencer are involved.

In 2004, 918's first two albums were later re-released in a double CD collection by Smugglin' Records. According to Loc's MySpace page, he's currently locked up, so it looks like 918 as a group is effectively dead for right now.

Props to reader Christopher Collins for requesting the track.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Guest Spots: "Time to Ball"

Sambow f/ UGK - "Time to Ball" | zShare
Sambow f/ Pimp C, Platinum Tonge - "Bitch N*gga" | zShare
from Sambow (Heavy Hitta, 2003)

Thanks to Qdawg, I actually have some info about this dude, so I can actually talk about these tracks at length now. Sambow is a Hispanic rapper outta Houston, TX who has close ties to South Park Mexican, his Dope House Records label, and their affiliated artists. In 2003, he put his self-titled debut album. It had an array of guests, some of which included Devin the Dude, Ronnie Spencer, Lil' Kano, and Powda (a female emcee from the Dope House Records family). UGK appear on the album as well: Pimp drops a verse along side Sambow and Platinum Tonge on the D.L.P. produced "Bitch N*gga" while both members of the Port Arthur duo drop verses on the album's only single, the Fallen Angel produced "Time to Ball."

I really don't have anything else to tell you about Sambow or S.P.M., except that they're both currently serving out some pretty hefty jail sentences. S.P.M. still puts out some music from time to time, but I'm not sure if Sambow does or not. It looks like his debut was also his only album.

Guest Spots: "Stop Playin' With Yo-Self"

BoBo Luchiano f/ UGK - "Stop Playin' With Yo-Self" | zShare
from Chamillionaire: Houston's Hardest Artist (Hip-Hop Village, 2008)

BoBo Luchiano f/ UGK - "Get Up Off Me" | zShare
from Enemy of Tha MF State (Roggish Life, 2001)

BoBo Luchiano is a Dallas, TX native, a staple of the city's rap scene, and a long-time UGK affiliate. He started out as a hype man for Ron C (not O.G. Ron C—they're two different dudes entirely) of the group Nemesis in 1989. He met UGK in 1993 through Ron C, and they recorded a few tracks together. One of these tracks, called "Welcome to Texas," was going to be included on a planned (but later scrapped) b-sides version of the then recently released Too Hard to Swallow, but BoBo was left off the track for whatever reason.1 To make up for it, Pimp offered him a spot as UGK's hype man, which he accepted.

BoBo travled with Bun and Pimp throughout 1994 and was around when they began recording material for their sophomore album Super Tight.... He was even slated to appear on the album, as he dropped a verse on its mythical twelfth track "High 'Til I Die." (Erstwhile Geto Boy Big Mike was the track's other guest; according to those lucky enough to have heard it, his verse was epic.) But sadly, it just wasn't meant to be as the track ended up being cut from the album all together. In 1995, after the death of his son (which Pimp referred to in his verse on "One Day"2), BoBo decided to resign his spot as UGK's hype man, but remained a part of the duo's extended family.

Despite being in the music business for the better part of twelve years, BoBo only put out his debut album Enemy of Tha MF State in 2001. Pimp C produced a track called "Get Up Off Me" for the album; he and Bun also laid down some choice verses for it too, which is no surprise given the history between the three of them. It's the track that most people probably think of when they think of BoBo, especially since he doesn't have a whole lot of (released) material to his name. "Get Up Off Me" also has a tendency to show up on UGK bootlegs, such as The Lost Tracks joint from around 2003.

In 2006, BoBo was working on his sophomore album Who's Tha Mack.3 Its first single was going to be "Stop Playin' With Yo-Self," another track with UGK. Along with Bun and Pimp, the album's other notable guests included Young Bleed and Kottonmouth. Unfortunately, the album never seemed to materialize and has yet to be released. It might have been shelved, continually pushed back, who knows. "Stop Playin' With Yo-Self" did manage to show up on a few random mixtapes however, including one Chamillionaire centered mixtape called Houston's Hardest Artist.

Since 1999, BoBo served as the host of The Dirty South Block Party with Bo-Bo and Nem, a radio show dedicated to showcasing all sorts of music from the third coast, on a local Dallas station called KNON 89.3 FM. Unfortunately, the show went off the air in 2007.

[UPDATE: noz from Cocaine Blunts just posted an unmixed and CDQ version of "Stop Playin' With Yo-Self" that he got from the track's CD single, so feel free to d/l that version and delete the one I posted, ha ha.]

1 I think that this "Welcome to Texas" track might be the same as the "Texas" track that showed up on the "Use Me Up" 12" single. It does feature guest verses from DJ Bird, Ganksta C, and Ron C, so it could fit—it's just missing BoBo's verse.
2 "My world a trip, you can ask Bun B bitch, I ain't no liar/My man BoBo just lost his baby in a house fire."
3 Most of the information about Who's Tha Mack comes from this 2006 interview BoBo did with Urban South Entertainment. It's not a bad read; it has some interesting info about the Dallas rap scene and goes into BoBo's tenure as the host of The Dirty South Block Party.

Reader Requests: 2/14/10

Here's something that has the potential to become a regular feature here, depending on how participative you guys are feeling, of course. If you're in need of a UGK, Bun, or Pimp track that I haven't covered yet, then feel free to get at me, either through the comments, the shout-box, or e-mail, and request it. I'll then do my best to fill your request.

The only requests that I can't take are for tracks like "Weed Weed," "'93 Mac," and so on. Those tracks have never been released—and probably never will be—and can only be heard on the Damage Control tribute show for Pimp C that aired in 2007. Sorry guys.

All of the following tracks were requested by the homie scjoha from the comments section, so I have to give some pretty big props to him for requesting these obscure UGK-related features.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Some Pimp Beats

"Gimme thirty thousand and I'll serve you some heat
I'll write your rhymes, sang the hook, and I'll make you a beat."

-Pimp C, "Life Is 2009" from Underground Kingz (Jive, 2006)

This post will be the first in a series where I'll be looking at Pimp C's extensive production catalog, but focusing on tracks that don't feature any Pimp or Bun guest verses. Of course, the problem is that Pimp did tons of beats for obscure local dudes and a lot of their albums have pretty sketchy production credits and can be hard to find on top of that. But I'll give it my best shot to post what I know to be beats that Pimp created or had a hand in.

3re Tha Hardaway f/ Daz Dillinger, Woozac - "Affilation II" | zShare
3re Tha Hardaway f/ The Dead Serious Family - "Headcrack" | zShare
3re Tha Hardaway f/ Precious Red - "Miami Timez" | zShare
from D.S. Foundation (Dead Serious, 2001)

While many people know "Top Notch Hoes" from Trill Azz Mixez by heart, what most people don't know that it was originally based on a song by Miami trio 3re Tha Hardaway that Pimp produced and guested on for their first album Undaconstruction. He also produced three other tracks for that record: "Affiliation" featuring Bun B, "Spooked," and "Headcrack."

Pimp evidently had a good relationship with the trio (made up of Black Pacino, CE2D, and B.O.X.) as he was also responsible for three more tracks on their sophomore album D.S. Foundation. Unfortunately, "Miami Timez" is the only truly new beat that he did for the album: "Headcrack" was re-used from the previous album and re-purposed as a posse cut for several Dead Serious Recordz artists, while "Affiliation" was re-used and billed as "Affiliation II" with Bun being replaced by a dude named Woozac and Daz Dillinger, in perhaps the sole instance of Daz rapping over a Pimp beat.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Unreleased: "Ain't That a Bitch (Dirty Version)"

UGK f/ Devin the Dude - "Ain't That a Bitch (Dirty Version)" | zShare
technically from Dirty Money, otherwise unreleased (Jive, 2001)

Dirty Money is probably UGK's weakest album, but not really through any fault of their own. If anyone is to blame, it's the stuffed shirts at Jive—they totally fumbled the ball with the record. It was originally supposed to be released in November of '99 (if the 12" promo single of "Pimpin' Ain't No Illusion/Belts to Match" is to be believed anyway) but Jive kept delaying the record, initially to figure out how to best capitalize off of the duo's appearance on Jay-Z's smash hit "Big Pimpin'" and then later because of the constant leaks the album suffered due to the initial delays. When Dirty Money finally hit store shelves two Novembers later, it's not a surprise that the album did as poorly as it did, what with the five year gap between albums and little-to-no support from the label.

Despite its reputation as a weak link1 in the UGK catalog, Dirty Money does have some really good tracks on it. One such track is the N.O. Joe produced "Ain't That a Bitch (Ask Yourself)" featuring Devin the Dude; however, the track is marred due it being erroneous censored on every version of the album, clean and explicit alike. While I’m sure that the ultimate reason for the track's sanitization is due to sample clearance issues (as usual), I’ve also heard an urban legend about how the daughter of one of the album’s sound engineers had heard the track and was offended by its prevalent use of the word “bitch” and after hearing her complaints, the engineer went wild with the censor button, thereby ruining an otherwise excellent UGK/Devin collabo. Take that for what it's worth; personally, I believe it was just an issue with the Johnny "Guitar" Watson sample.

As far as I know, the dirty version of "Ain't That a Bitch" has never been released officially—not even as a b-side on its 12" vinyl and CD singles. You would think they could have at least added this version to that Best Of... compilation that came out in 2003, but no, Jive couldn't be bothered. I guess that kind of label fuckery is what the Internet is for, and part of the reason why I started this blog in the first place.

[UPDATE: Here's a link to a rip of the 12" vinyl single of "Ain't That a Bitch." It includes two clean versions (a regular one and a "squeaky clean" one) plus the always important instrumental. I'll also put up a link to the CD single once I get my mitts on it.]

1 I still think that the album could have been improved dramatically if "Money, Hoes & Power" had been removed entirely and replaced with the infinitely superior "Belts to Match." I'll never understand why Jive felt it necessary to shunt such a great track off to a soundtrack to a movie no one ever watched and a cash-in UGK compilation. It's no wonder why I rag on them as much as I do.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Guest Spots: "Time"

Twista f/ UGK - "Time" | zShare
from Adrenaline Rush 2000 (Innovations, 2000)

Pimp C f/ Bun B, Twista, Z-Ro - "I'sa Playa" | zShare
from I'sa Playa CD single (Rap-A-Lot, 2005)

While most of the tracks from The Sweet James Jones Stories were culled from Live From the Harris County Jail, some were taken from different sources and redone. "Time"—the only collabo that I know of between UGK and Twista—is one of those tracks.1 It initially appeared on Adrenaline Rush 2000, a compilation of various Twista tracks ("New, old, and unreleased songs" so says the CD's cover) and then a few UGK bootlegs too—for example, it appeared as "Something Going Wrong" on The Lost Tracks bootleg. It eventually showed up on The Sweet James Jones Stories in 2005, re-titled as "I'sa Playa" with an added Z-Ro chorus and remarkably, the beat by N.O. Joe remains unchanged, at least as far as I can tell.

The "I'sa Playa" single includes both clean and dirty versions, as well as the instrumental.

[UPDATE: Hit the jump to see what the Pimp had to say about the track.