Guest Spots: “Swang (Remix)”

Trae f/ H.A.W.K., Pimp C – “Swang (Remix)

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from Swang (Remix) CD single (Rap-A-Lot, 2006)

I know that this track is hardly considered “obscure” but I loved it to death when it first came out in 2006. It’s also one of those tracks that takes on new significance due to future events. The original version of this track (released 2005-ish, with a different beat and Trae lyrics) was already a Fat Pat tribute (the sample in the chorus is taken from Pat’s verse on “25 Lighters” from DMD’s sophomore album Twenty-Two), but it turned into a H.A.W.K. tribute as well, as a year after the song came out, Pat’s brother H.A.W.K. was gunned down. With Pimp’s passing, I like to consider this remixed version to be a tribute to all three of them.

The video is a short snippet from the Pimpalation: Return of the Trill DVD, where Pimp spits some game while on the block in Port Arthur, which leads into a short music video for his verse from the “Swang” remix.