Monday, March 15, 2010

Unreleased/Guest Spots: "Front Back (O.G. Version)"

T.I. f/ Bun B - "Front, Back, Side to Side (No DJ Version)" | zShare
technically from The Leak, otherwise unreleased (Grand Hustle, 2006)

In 2006, a bunch of tracks that were supposedly going to be on T.I.'s fourth album King were leaked. T.I. decided to take the ones that leaked and put them and some other tracks on a mixtape hosted by DJ Drama called, well, The Leak. One of those tracks was the Mannie Fresh produced "Front, Back, Side to Side" which featured Bun B. Of course, most of you probably know it by the later version which did appear on King: it had the shortened title of "Front Back" and featured Pimp C as well as Bun.

The mixtape version of "Front Back" has a few subtle differences from the later album version. Since it was recorded while Pimp was still in jail, it has has T.I. saying "Free Pimp C!" during the intro and talking about what he and Bun are going to do "when Pimp walk out that courthouse." The last part of the song is also interesting, as it has Bun and T.I. trading short verses back and forth. Obviously, this was removed from the album version, no doubt to make room for the Pimp verse.

"Front Back" was also one of the first songs that Pimp worked on after he got of jail (I've heard he was working on it two or three days after his release) and I'm actually rather glad this track was re-recorded to feature him. The chorus part in this version is sorely lacking his "Never let hoe ass n*ggas ride!" line.

A "No DJ" version of the track was never leaked, so here it is. Props to Mr. Bionic.

1 comment:

scjoha said...

Nice! Didn't know about that. Original versions of known songs are always welcome.

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