Monday, March 22, 2010
UGK - "Front, Back & Side to Side (Extended Clean Remix)" | zShare
from Front, Back & Side to Side promotional 12" single (Jive, 1994)
Since I talked about the T.I. and Mannie Fresh's version of "Front, Back & Side to Side" last week, I suppose it's only right that I talk about the UGK original from Super Tight... this week. It will make it look like I plan these posts out more than a day or two in advance, at least.
"Front, Back & Side to Side" is one of the best known and popular tracks from UGK's second album. Its popularity probably has a lot to do with the fact that Pimp C managed to craft the perfect summer cruising track by just using a "Boyz-N-Tha-Hood" sample1 and an organ. Hell, the track was popular enough to warrant inclusion on the A Low Down Dirty Shame soundtrack, making it the second (but not the last) time Bun and Pimp would appear on a movie soundtrack.
Besides the soundtrack appearance, the track was notable for a couple of other reasons too. For one, it served as one of the few on wax appearances of (former?) UGK affiliate Smoke D. It was also one of only two tracks from Super Tight... that received the remix treatment. (In case you were wondering, the other track was "It's Supposed to Bubble.") This "bass" remix appeared in both extended (a little over seven minutes!) and shorter radio edit forms on the 12", but never anywhere else.
The single includes the two aforementioned edits plus the instrumental of the "bass" remix, along with the dirty and clean (in the form of a slightly shorter radio edit) versions of the album mix.
1 In what was probably Pimp's nod to the "Boyz-N-Tha-Hood" sample, the unreleased O.G. mix included Ice Cube samples in place of Pimp's iconic refrain of "Never let hoe ass n*ggas ride!" That line was sorely missing on the O.G. of T.I.'s version, so I think it was ultimately a good thing that it was changed for the retail release.