Point Blank f/ UGK – “Cut U N ½”
from Prone to Bad Dreams (BigTyme, 1992)
“Cut U N ½” (then titled “Cut Cha’ in Half”) was originally intended to be part of Too Hard to Swallow, if this preliminary/demo tracklist is to be believed. It was left on the cutting room though, and it eventually wound up on Prone to Bad Dreams by Point Blank of The Wreckless Klan. It ended up becoming one of the earliest (if not the earliest) instance of the UGK guest appearance.
At this point Pimp C and Bun B were still in the early stages of their career here, so their verses sound a little less than refined—which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the rough-hewn lyrics compliment the beat. The lyrics themselves are full of your typical sexual braggadocio, of which Pimp was the undisputed master, even back in ’92.
The beat is also something you wouldn’t expect from Pimp. It sounds much more old school and even has a bit of an East Coast flavor to it. Of course, he didn’t really get his signature sound down until around the recording of Super Tight, so I guess it just makes sense that he would be messing around with different styles of production until he found his groove.
from Born Bad? (BigTyme/Priority, 1997)
UGK of course left BigTyme for the “greener” pastures of Jive Records around 1992, so when PSK-13—another member of The Wreckless Klan—put out his second album Born Bad? in 1997, it was kinda surprising to see them on a BigTyme released album. They had left the label on less than amicable terms at the time, but I guess time heals all wounds and all that.
I’ve always thought of this track is kind of like a sequel or spiritual successor of sorts to “One Day,” with its soulful beat and the introspective lyrics. Unlike the previous track, you can tell right away that this one was a Pimp production, just from that distorted guitar bit in the beginning.
It’s also one of those rare tracks that has an alternate mix readily available for it. In this case it’s a “Mercy Mix” done by some group called Southern Fried Entertainment. Luckily, it’s tacked on to the end of Born Bad? as a bonus cut, rather than being the b-side to an obscure 12″ single. I kind of prefer the original, but both versions are definitely worth a listen or two.
Props to Qdawg for the Prone to Bad Dreams and Born Bad? covers.