Site News: The Re-Up

Guess who’s back. Again.

Where did I go? I needed a break from blogging and the Internet, so I took one. There’s not much else to it. I am sorry for up and disappearing on y’all though.

As penance, I’ll be posting two .zips containing all the content I’ve posted on the site: one will have UGK loosies and the other CD singles and vinyl rips. I figure that should tide you guys over while I take on the unenviable task of culling all of the dead links from old posts and updating them.

I need an intern to do this shit, man.

UGK Loosies: 50+ UGK joints, ranging from their guest work to remixes to whatever else. It’s almost 700MB, so it’s split into multiple parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

UGK Singles: Coming soon. Most of the singles that I posted were my own personal rips, so I gotta do a little bit of digging in the archives to find the discs. Here is part one. Part two is still cooking.

 

Pimp C Beat Drop III

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.

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Pimp C Beat Drop II

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.

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Pimp C Beat Drop

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.

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Singles: “One Day” (UK CDS)

"One Day" CD Single

UGK f/ Ronnie Spencer – “One Day (Radio Version)

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from One Day CD single (Jive, 1996)

#RIPPimpC, #UGK4Life

As with “Knockin’ Doorz Down”, the 12″ for “One Day” is far more common than its CD counterpart. But, at least in this case I at least knew that the CD version actually existed. This particular version of “One Day” comes courtesy of England/Europe (at least that’s what I’m assuming, judging by its slimline case) and, for once, it has the same tracklist as the 12″.

I’m glad that I was able to get a hold of this single, as it’s nice to finally have CD quality versions of the instrumentals for “One Day” and “Ride Fuck My Car” because, as most of you know, UGK beats are a commodity.

TRACKLIST:

  1. One Day (Radio Version)
  2. One Day (Instrumental)
  3. Ride My Car (Radio Version)
  4. Ride My Car (Instrumental)

Click here to download.

 

Singles: “Knockin’ Doorz Down” (Promo CDS)

Pimp C f/ P.O.P. – “Knockin’ Doorz Down (Radio Version)
from Knockin’ Doorz Down Promo CDS (Rap-A-Lot, 2006)

#RIPPimpC, #UGK4Life

In my travels, I’ve only ever seen the 12″ single of “Knockin’ Doorz Down,” so I was a bit surprised when I was able to get my mitts on the CD version. Unfortunately, the singles aren’t much different: as usual, the CD gets shafted and is missing the LP version and a cappella that the 12″ has.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Radio (f/ P.O.P.)
  2. Radio (f/ P.O.P., Lil’ KeKe)
  3. Instrumental

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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.)

 

Singles: “Use Me Up” (Promo 12 Inch)

UGK – “Use Me Up (Extended Mix)

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

Here is the promo 12″ that I mentioned in the last “Use Me Up” single post. There aren’t any new tracks to be had here, but the quality is excellent, so if you have that shitty rip that has been making the file-sharing circuit for who knows how long, throw it out and use this one instead.

Huge props to my homie Stew for taking the time to do this rip in the first place.

TRACKLIST:

  1. LP Version
  2. Extended Mix
  3. Ghetto Jeep Remix
  4. Hip-Hop Remix
  5. LP Instrumental

Choose your flavor: hi-res mp3 or lossless FLAC.