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)
It’s time, once again, for another installment of “Pimp C’s Beats.” (I guess that’s what we can call this series as I haven’t been able to think of a better name. Any suggestions?) Today’s tracks are from The Vinyl Room, a 1998 Bang II Records release from Sleepy’s Theme—a side-project of sorts from the mind of Organized Noize member Sleepy Brown.
Sleepy’s Theme – “Can’t Let Go”
Sleepy’s Theme – “Simply Beautiful”
Sleepy’s Theme – “Fallin’ in Love Again”
from The Vinyl Room (Bang II, 1998)
While I’m unsure about the history behind the other two, I do know a little bit about the “Fallin’ in Love Again” track. It was supposed to be a part of the unreleased solo double disc album that Pimp C was working on around ’98/’99. But like a lot of the tracks from that album, he ended up giving it to somebody else: in this case, Sleepy. But it seems like he only gave them the beat, since he’s vocally nowhere to be found on the track.
I know that a lot of the tracks from this series are only worth it for Pimp’s production, but I have to say that even if Pimp didn’t have a hand in the making of The Vinyl Room, it would still be worthy of your time. The tracks that Pimp produced (“Simply Beautiful” which shares the Barry White sample used in “Bump & Grill“) and co-produced (“Fallin’ in Love Again” and “Can’t Let Go”) for it are the highlights in an album packed full of them. The album is just the perfect slice of ’70s styled funk and soul.