Rarities: The Southern Way

UGK – “Something Good

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UGK – “Cocaine in the Back of the Ride

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UGK – “Use Me Up

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from The Southern Way cassette tape (BigTyme, 1991/1992ish)

Well, here is where it all started: the debut cassette tape from The Pimp and The Bun. Recorded between 1990 and early 1992 and released through BigTyme Recordz, The Southern Way can be considered as a demo tape of sorts, since the duo signed with Jive Records not too long after its release. All of its tracks also went on to appear on their major label debut Too Hard to Swallow. Being a cassette, the tracks are spread across two sides: side A is the “Short” side, and side B is the “Texas” side.

Unfortunately, when these tracks appeared on the new record, they were severely butchered. The lyrics were changed to be more “radio friendly” and samples were ripped from the original beats, most likely due to clearance issues. (Or in other words, the stuffed shirts at Jive were too lazy to pony up for the samples.) In fact, only one track from this tape, “Short Texas,” survived the transition intact, in both lyrics and beat.

And really, the originals are far superior. Those “new and improved” versions just can’t compare to the rawness on display here. Not only that, but the versions on this tape were fully endorsed by Pimp C himself, who called the majority of Too Hard to Swallow garbage—mostly because of Jive’s fuckery. Hearing this tape is a must for anyone who calls themselves a UGK fan, if only to hear how UGK’s debut album was supposed to sound like.

TRACKLIST:

  1. “Cocaine in the Back of the Ride”
  2. “Short Texas”
  3. “Something Good”
  4. “Trill Ass N*gga”
  5. “976-BUN-B”
  6. “Use Me Up”
  7. “Bonus Cut” (a.k.a. “Something Good (Radio Version)”)

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