Guest Spots: “Finger Fuckin'” + “Diamonds On”

Lil’ Boosie & Webbie f/ Pimp C – “Finger Fuckin’

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from Ghetto Stories (Trill, 2003)

The Boss Pimps f/ UGK – “Diamonds On

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from Pimpin’ Off Top (Boss Play, 2004)

“Finger Fuckin'” and “Diamonds On” are two different versions of a track called “Fuckin’ Wit’ My Diamondz On” that was originally meant for a double disc album that Pimp C was working on around the late ’90s. Unfortunately, like a lot of UGK-related projects, it never materialized and was left unreleased, leaving us with this hand-written tracklist as the only tangible evidence of its existence. Luckily, some of its tracks were given to other artists* for use with their own projects, so at least parts of the album saw release somehow.

“Fuckin’ Wit’ My Diamondz On” ended up being one of those lucky ones saved from a life of collecting dust in the Jive vault. However, unlike the other tracks taken from Pimp’s album, it actually ended up being used twice by two totally different artists. It first appeared in 2003 as “Finger Fuckin'” on Lil’ Boosie & Webbie’s album Ghetto Stories. But then, a year later it showed up as “Diamonds On” on Pimpin’ Off Top, the debut album from Pimpin’ Ken’s rap group The Boss Pimps.

You can probably tell there’s something a little fishy going on there. Despite coming out a year earlier, “Finger Fuckin'” isn’t the original version of the track; in fact, it was first given to Ken for his group’s album, but Boosie and Webbie used it without permission any way. Ken then subsequently sued them for it, which is probably the reason for his version being a year or so late.

Thankfully Steve Below’s beat and all of its slinky griminess remains unchanged for both tracks. Since the beat doesn’t change, the biggest difference between them is who is doing the rapping. In this regard, The Boss Pimps version has something that the Boosie and Webbie version lacks: Bun B showing up for a quick little outro at the end. I would have liked it better if he dropped a verse though—it would have tied the track together nicely—but it’s still a nice touch.

*”Livin’ This Life,” “Heaven,” and “Shattered Dreams” were of course on UGK’s self-titled double album; “Hairy Hole” is probably “Harry Asshole” on 4 Life; “Fallin’ in Love Again” was given to Sleepy Brown for The Vinyl Room, the debut album for his side project Sleepy’s Theme; and “Play Hard” ended up on Ghetto Stories along with “Finger Fuckin’.”