Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UGK and R&B, Part I


[UPDATE: Links removed due to a DMCA complaint. Check this post for more info.]

[UPDATE II: My homie Doxx put the tracks up at his site, so you can get them there.]

How about another mega post? Be forewarned though: it will probably be the last one for awhile, especially given the new gig I have coming up. (What gig is that? I guess you will just have to wait and find out.) After all, I don't want to spoil you guys too badly.

Anyway, this time we're going to focus on collaborations that UGK did for various R&B acts. For this part of the post, it's all verses that Pimp laid down for some R&B songs. The running theme for a lot of them? They're from albums that never ended up getting released.

Lil' Will f/ Cool Breeze, Pimp C - "Low, Low" | zShare
from Better Days advance CD (Interscope, 1998)

"She said that she understood and everything was kosher
I gave her a Lil' Will CD and a fuckin' poster."

-Big Boi, "Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 1)" from Aquemini (LaFace, 1998)

Brooke Valentine f/ Pimp C - "DopeGirl" | zShare
from D-Girl (DopeGirl) CD single (Virgin, 2006)



Brooke Valentine was one of the chicks from the short-lived, late '90s R&B group Best Kept Secret. After she went solo, she put out the song "Girlfight" that had a guest verse from Big Boi and Lil' Jon production. Released as the single for her debut album Chain Letter, the track helped make the album into a moderate success.

But despite the success of her debut, Brooke's work on a follow-up didn't fare as well. Produced by Déjà (the guy who put her in Best Kept Secret in the first place) and featuring some Pimp C verses, "DopeGirl" or "D-Girl" as the radio edit is called was the first single for her sophomore album Physical Education, which was scheduled to be released in September of 2006. The single didn't do very well, only peaking at #92 on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and the album's release was pushed back to January 2007. Brooke dropped another single that November, "Pimped Out" with Dem Franchize Boyz, and while it fared a little better than the previous single, peaking at #87, Virgin Records pushed the album back again before deciding to shelve it entirely.

The single includes clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of "DopeGirl" plus the "D-Girl" edit.

MisseZ f/ Pimp C - "Love Song" | zShare
from Love Song promotional CD single (Geffen, 2006)



MisseZ is an all-girl trio made up of Tomi, Keysha, and Rashé. (They had a fourth member named Rocky, but she was kicked out in 2006 for some reason that I don't care to find out about.) They haven't really done that much, except for releasing the track "Love Song" with Pimp, recording a remix for bone thugs-n-harmony's "1st of Tha Month," and making the song "Only One U" that was later given to Fantasia. I guess they're working on a debut album called Get Ready too, but it hasn't been released yet.

The single includes clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of "Love Song."

Xxzotic f/ Pimp C - "Caught Up (Remix)" | zShare
from Caught Up CD single (Next Page, 2006)



Xxzotic is a singer/rapper from Little Rock, AK who is apparently known there as "The Queen of the Rock." She's apparently been rapping since the age of twelve and was featured on her first mixtape at the age of fourteen. "Caught Up" was her new single when it was released in 2006, though I have no idea if it was for an album or not. (In fact, she has yet to release any sort of album as far as I know.) The remix with Pimp C had a video shot for it, and it's probably how most people know the song.

Dav Hall f/ Pimp C - "Make It Sexy" | zShare
from Some Internet Only R&B Compilation (Internet, 2009?)

I have no idea what the deal is with this track. Apparently it's off an Internet only R&B compilation, but it seems kinda… "unofficial" if you get my meaning. I'm not even sure who "Dav Hall" is. Pimp's first verse is taken from "Like That" off the self-titled album though. Anyway, shouts to Mr. Bionic for sending me the track.

1 comment:

scjoha said...

Very nice post! Thanks for the music and the info. I didn't know about the Missez and the Dav Hall song.

Interestingly, before 2006 the only R&B type song Bun or Pimp appeared on was Lil Will's (probably because Will was associated with the Dungeon Family, which Pimp was close to during his time in ATL). None other as far as I know.
Is there any Pimp or Bun statement from the 90's on how they felt about R&B? They probably weren't down with it. Or they became interesting and "hot" enough for R&B Remixes only after the UGK brand had become really popular around 2005/2006.

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