Guest Spots: “The Trill Connection”

DJ DMD f/ Lee Masta, Pimp C – “The Trill Connection

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from Twenty-Two: P.A. World Wide (Inner Soul, 1998)

DJ DMD f/ Pimp C – “The Trill Connection II (Breakin’ N*ggaz Off)

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from Thirty-Three: Live from Hiroshima (Inner Soul, 2001)

DJ DMD was a producer, a deejay, and an occasional rapper from Port Arthur, TX. A UGK affiliate since the beginning, he spent time as a member of Pimp’s first rap group Dangerous Music Incorporated. He later worked on the UGK’s second album Super Tight, co-producing “It’s Supposed to Bubble” and “Three Sixteens” with Pimp. He was one of the album’s few guests too, as he dropped a verse on the latter track. He went on to release three albums before he largely retired from making music: his debut Eleven in 1997, Twenty-Two: P.A. World Wide in 1998, and finally Thirty-Three: Live from Hiroshima in 2001.

Unfortunately, Pimp and DMD suffered a falling out. I’m not sure of the exact time line, but the story goes that Pimp had bought some DMD beats and recorded a few songs to them. But he never did anything with them, so DMD sold some of the tracks to Rap-A-Lot (which would be later used for The Sweet James Jones Stories record), while he erased Pimp’s vocals from the rest and used them for his own album at the time, Thirty-Three.

It’s a real shame that their relationship soured, as I always thought that the work that DMD and UGK did together was always bumping, especially the tracks that Pimp and DMD did together. “The Trill Connection” and its sequel are no exception. Hell, I loved the original enough that I named this blog after it.