EDITOR’S NOTE: These beat posts are just revisits from the old blog. I thought it would be appropriate to bring them back for today. #RIPPimpC, #UGK4Life
“Gimme thirty thousand and I’ll serve you some heat
I’ll write your rhymes, sang the hook, and I’ll make you a beat.”
–Pimp C, “Life Is 2009″ from Underground Kingz (Jive, 2006)
…and now for the (probably long overdue) second installment in a series of posts where I try my hand at chronicling Pimp C’s non-UGK production work. If you forgot—and I don’t blame you if you did; it has been awhile—the series’ first post focused on Pimp’s work with Miami’s own 3re Tha Hardaway. But, today the spotlight is on another trio: Critical Condition.
Critical Condition f/ Bun B – “Bout 2 Go Down”
Critical Condition – “Hood Card”
Critical Condition – “Playa Haters”
Critical Condition f/ Aldon X, Shorty – “4 Real N*gga Posse”
from CC Water Bound (Starvin’ Artists, 1997)
Critical Condition is a trio made up of Louisiana rappers Will Chill, Tech (both of whom hail from Thibodaux), and Money (from Morgan City). CC Water Bound was released in 1997 through Starvin’ Artists Entertainment, though I can’t tell you for sure where it falls in their discography since I’ve seen comments stating that it was their second, as well as third, album. It is also my understanding that all three members got locked up, so their musical output sort of dries up after CC Water Bound‘s release.
While the trio’s raps are solid (but not especially memorable or anything), I’m not exaggerating in the least when I say that the production on this album is damn near flawless. But I suppose that’s to be expected when you have beats courtesy of Mo B. Dick (of Beats by the Pound fame) and Pimp C. It’s shame that the raps couldn’t match up with the level of the production; it would be a classic otherwise.
“Bout 2 Go Down” (which has Pimp on hook duty), “Hood Card,” “Playa Haters,” and “4 Real N*gga Posse” are Pimp’s contributions to the album. Well, not exactly all of them: I left off “Creepin’,” which has a very choice Pimp verse. Since these posts are supposed to focus on Pimp’s productions and not his verses, that one will have to be posted at a later time.
As an interesting aside, there is an obscure 12″ EP floating around somewhere that has instrumentals for “Hood Card” and “4 Real N*gga Posse.” As I said though, it’s pretty damn obscure, so I wouldn’t hold you breath waiting for me to track down a copy.