Rarities: “Texas”

UGK f/ DJ Bird, Ganksta C, Ron C – “Texas

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from Use Me Up 12″ single (Jive/Bigtyme, 1992)

“Texas” is a b-side found on the “Use Me Up” 12″ single. It was never released on Too Hard to Swallow or any place else for that matter, so you can only find it on this particular piece of vinyl. The track also features Ron C of Nemesis fame, Ron’s younger brother Ganksta C, and DJ Bird.

Time for a little bit of idle speculation (which I’ve briefly alluded to before). I have read that around the time Too Hard to Swallow was released, a b-sides version of the album was in the works but was ultimately scrapped. One of the tracks meant for the project was called “Welcome to Texas” and supposedly featured a guest verse by long-time UGK affiliate and former Nemesis hype man Bo-Bo Luchiano, who was originally introduced to UGK through Ron C.

I don’t think it would be a huge leap to assume that “Texas” is the track that was meant for the canceled b-sides album, especially given its refrain of “Welcome to Texas, bitch!” In my own personal UGK discography, I believe both tracks are one and the same, with the only differences being a shortened title and a missing Bo-Bo verse. (Poor dude always seemed to get his guest verses cut.)