UGK f/ F.L.A.J. – “2 Real b/w Diamonds & Wood”
UGK f/ 3-2, Ronnie Spencer – “One Day (Remix)”
from Trill Azz Mixez (The Streetz of the Mutha Fuckin’ South, 1998ish)
I won’t go too much into the history behind the Trill Azz Mixez tape as a whole, since Maurice Garland already did that way better than I possibly could. All you need to know is that DJ C-Wiz put the mixtape together during the period between Ridin’ Dirty and Dirty Money (around 1998/1999, give or take) as a way to sate a UGK fanbase that was hungry for some new material.
But he went about it in a different way: instead of offering up brand new UGK tracks, he took some of their best verses and combined them with the instrumentals to some certified Southern and West Coast classics. The result was Trill Azz Mixez. Due to its eventual popularity, he even did a sequel in 2003, called Some Mo’ Trill Azz Mixez, but it lacks the same punch as the original.
While each of this tape’s fourteen tracks is memorable in its own way, the one that almost everybody remembers is the “Deep ‘N Da Game” and “Top Notch Hoes” blend. I’ve seen it sometimes labeled as a possibly unreleased track or even a Dirty Money left-over, but it’s really just a combination of the parts of two different songs, like the majority of the tracks on this tape.
The second chorus (“I’m deep in the game…”) and the first two verses are taken from a track called “Deep ‘N Da Game” that Pimp had a guest verse on. The track originally appeared on The Smoking Section, a 1998 album from Atlanta, GA native Meen Green.
It’s a notable song in its own right, as Pimp was dissing people left and right on it. He said “fuck BET” for not being down with the South (which was censored on Meen Green’s album) and even threw some shots at The Roots, who he thought were dissing Too $hort:
“‘What They Do, What They Do’ n*ggas was corny as fuck/you gets no play in that Texas/your shit don’t bump in the trunk.”
The intro, outro, and last verse, along with the instrumental and the first chorus (“Smokin’ hydrophonic…”) are all from a song actually called “Top Notch Hoes” which appeared on Undacontruction, the debut album from Miami, FL trio 3re Tha Hardaway.
Like “Deep ‘N Da Game” the track was originally recorded in 1998, as Pimp mentions that year in the blend. However, that part was re-dubbed in the 3re version so that he says “’99” instead, probably so it coincided with the 1999 release of Undaconstruction.
Another memorable track is the blend of “2 Real” with “Diamonds & White” which showcases C-Wiz’s ability to really pick the perfect beat to go with the UGK vocals. The verses from “2 Real” mesh so well with the “Diamonds & Wood” beat, that if I had never heard the original from Scarface’s My Homies album, I would just assume that C-Wiz’s blend was the original. It’s practically seamless.
Even the tape’s final track is something special. C-Wiz bucks the tape’s theme by ending it with an unreleased track rather than a blend. But it’s a doozy: a remix to UGK’s seminal “One Day” with 3-2 and Ronnie Spencer. As far as I know, it only ever appeared on this tape and no where else, so that alone makes Trill Azz Mixez a required listen for any UGK fan.
- “Pocket Full of Stones” b/w “Hail Mary”
- “Akickdoe!” b/w “P.W.A. (Pussy, Weed, Alcohol)”
- “Front, Back, Side 2 Side” b/w “P.W.A. (Pussy, Weed, Alcohol)”
- “I Left It Wet-4-Ya” b/w “Freakey Tales”
- “Deep ‘N Da Game” b/w “Top Notch Hoes”
- “2 Real” b/w “Diamonds & Wood”
- “Diamonds & Wood”
- “Playaz From the South” b/w “One Day”
- “Something Good” b/w “Thug Luv”
- “Murder” b/w “Southside”
- “Break’em Off Something” b/w” Southside”
- “Free” b/w “Homies & Thugs”
- “One Day (Remix)”
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