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Rarities: Banned (FLAC Rip)

I recently got my hands on the OG pressing of UGK’s Banned EP, so I thought I would share. For the uninitiated among you, check out my original post about the EP here for essential background information.

I will admit though that I’m not entirely sure where my copy falls in terms of pressings of the EP. The CD matrix numbers don’t match the ones listed on either of its Discogs or RapMusicGuide entries and the disc art is slightly different. I don’t think that my copy is a dusty ass bootleg or one of the early 2000s BigTyme pressed reissues, but pressing information on this EP is so damn scarce that I just can’t be 100% sure.

But in any event, this rip is worlds ahead of the cassette rip I posted two years ago. For completion’s sake and historical reference, I’ve also included hi-res scans of the booklet, inlay, and CD.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Intro
  2. Pregnant Pussy
  3. Pusi Mental
  4. Muthafucka Ain’t Mine
  5. Muthafucka Ain’t Mine (Instrumental)

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Guest Spots: BigTyme Left Overs

Point Blank f/ UGK – “Cut U N ½

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from Prone to Bad Dreams (BigTyme, 1992)

“Cut U N ½” (then titled “Cut Cha’ in Half”) was originally intended to be part of Too Hard to Swallow, if this preliminary/demo tracklist is to be believed. It was left on the cutting room though, and it eventually wound up on Prone to Bad Dreams by Point Blank of The Wreckless Klan. It ended up becoming one of the earliest (if not the earliest) instance of the UGK guest appearance.

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Rarities: Banned

UGK – “Pregnant Pussy

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UGK – “Muthafucka Ain’t Mine

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from Banned (BigTyme, 1992)

Banned is an EP that includes two tracks that were cut from UGK’s major label debut Too Hard to Swallow, no doubt due to their explicitness. It’s yet another example of the fuckery going on at Jive Records, which the EP’s cover elaborates on: “They took our samples, they took our hardness, they took our friendship.”

And when I say these tracks are explicit, I mean it. “Pregnant Pussy” is probably one of the most hilariously disgusting rap songs I’ve ever heard. I mean, what else can you say about a song where Pimp C raps about babies licking up nut? “Muthafucka Ain’t Mine” (also titled “I Ain’t Claimin’ Shit” on a TH2S demo tape) on the other hand is UGK’s take on coat-hanger abortion rap, and the duo puts a decently unique spin on it.

Most people are probably familiar with the later CD reissue, but like The Southern Way before it, Banned was originally released as a cassette tape. Like the EP’s cover, the titles of the each side of the original tape—”Brought Nuts” and “Took Nuts”—further reference how Jive fucked with UGK’s music.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Intro
  2. Pregnant Pussy
  3. Pusi Mental
  4. Muthafucka Ain’t Mine
  5. Muthafucka Ain’t Mine (Instrumental)

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Rarities: The Southern Way

UGK – “Something Good

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UGK – “Cocaine in the Back of the Ride

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UGK – “Use Me Up

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from The Southern Way cassette tape (BigTyme, 1991/1992ish)

Well, here is where it all started: the debut cassette tape from The Pimp and The Bun. Recorded between 1990 and early 1992 and released through BigTyme Recordz, The Southern Way can be considered as a demo tape of sorts, since the duo signed with Jive Records not too long after its release. All of its tracks also went on to appear on their major label debut Too Hard to Swallow. Being a cassette, the tracks are spread across two sides: side A is the “Short” side, and side B is the “Texas” side.

Unfortunately, when these tracks appeared on the new record, they were severely butchered. The lyrics were changed to be more “radio friendly” and samples were ripped from the original beats, most likely due to clearance issues. (Or in other words, the stuffed shirts at Jive were too lazy to pony up for the samples.) In fact, only one track from this tape, “Short Texas,” survived the transition intact, in both lyrics and beat.

And really, the originals are far superior. Those “new and improved” versions just can’t compare to the rawness on display here. Not only that, but the versions on this tape were fully endorsed by Pimp C himself, who called the majority of Too Hard to Swallow garbage—mostly because of Jive’s fuckery. Hearing this tape is a must for anyone who calls themselves a UGK fan, if only to hear how UGK’s debut album was supposed to sound like.

TRACKLIST:

  1. “Cocaine in the Back of the Ride”
  2. “Short Texas”
  3. “Something Good”
  4. “Trill Ass N*gga”
  5. “976-BUN-B”
  6. “Use Me Up”
  7. “Bonus Cut” (a.k.a. “Something Good (Radio Version)”)

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