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)
This post will be the first in a series where I’ll be looking at Pimp C’s extensive production catalog, but focusing on tracks that don’t feature any Pimp or Bun guest verses. Of course, the problem is that Pimp did tons of beats for obscure local dudes and a lot of their albums have pretty sketchy production credits and can be hard to find on top of that. But I’ll give it my best shot to post what I know to be beats that Pimp created or had a hand in.
3re Tha Hardaway f/ Bun B, Lil’ Jamal – “Affiliation”
3re Tha Hardaway – “Spooked”
3re Tha Hardaway f/ Pimp C – “Top Notch Hoes”
3re Tha Hardaway – “Headcrack”
from Undaconstruction (Dead Serious, 1999)
3re Tha Hardaway f/ The Dead Serious Family – “Headcrack”
3re Tha Hardaway f/ Precious Red – “Miami Timez”
3re Tha Hardaway f/ Daz Dillinger, Woozac – “Affiliation II”
from D.S. Foundation (Dead Serious, 2001)
While many people know “Top Notch Hoes” from Trill Azz Mixez by heart, what most people don’t know that it was originally based on a song by Miami trio 3re Tha Hardaway that Pimp produced and guested on for their first album Undaconstruction. He also produced three other tracks for that record: “Affiliation” featuring Bun B, “Spooked,” and “Headcrack.”
Pimp evidently had a good relationship with the trio (made up of Black Pacino, CE2D, and B.O.X.) as he was also responsible for three more tracks on their sophomore album D.S. Foundation. Unfortunately, “Miami Timez” is the only truly new beat that he did for the album: “Headcrack” was re-used from the previous album and re-purposed as a posse cut for several Dead Serious Recordz artists, while “Affiliation” was re-used and billed as “Affiliation II” with Bun being replaced by a dude named Woozac and Daz Dillinger, in perhaps the sole instance of Daz rapping over a Pimp beat.