Posts Tagged ‘Too Hard to Swallow’

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.

 

Singles: “Use Me Up” (Promo CDS)

UGK – “Use Me Up (Chris Trevett Mix with Intro)

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from Use Me Up promo CD single (Jive/Bigtyme, 1993)

You can consider this a companion to the “Something Good” CD single from awhile ago. There are a few versions of the “Use Me Up” single, four by my count at least: two vinyl* and two CD**. This single has the most tracks out of the four: it includes the Chris Trevett mix, the extended mix, the Ghetto Jeep and Hip-Hop remixes, their instrumentals, and an instrumental for the LP version.

While the majority of those tracks were available on vinyl, these particular versions are crystal clear quality. If you have heard the rip of the promo 12″ that is floating around, there is just no comparison between the two. (I do have a rip that a homie made for me that is immaculate though; I’ll be posting that eventually.)

But what really makes this disc special are the instrumentals for the Ghetto Jeep and Hip-Hop remixes. As far as I know, they were only ever officially released on this CD. Also exclusive to the single is the elusive Chris Trevett mix—with intro and without—but unlike the remix instrumentals it’s not anything special. It’s still an interesting oddity though, if nothing else.

TRACKLIST:

  1. LP Version
  2. Chris Trevett Mix w/o Intro
  3. Chris Trevett Mix w/ Intro
  4. Extended Remix
  5. Ghetto Jeep Mix
  6. Hip Hop Mix
  7. Hip Hop Instrumental
  8. Ghetto Jeep Instrumental
  9. LP Instrumental

Click here to download.

* One 12″ is a promo single that includes the LP instrumental, while the other has the instrumental replaced by the posse cut “Texas” that UGK did with DJ Bird, Ganksta C, and Ron C.
** One CD is the one showcased in this post, while the other is the Dutch promo I posted way back when.

 

Singles: “Something Good” (Promo CDS)

UGK – “Something Good (Clean, Clean Radio Mix)

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from Something Good promo CD single (Jive/Bigtyme, 1992)

In the previous post, I mentioned that there were a couple of promo CDs of “Something Good” floating around, and this is one of them. It’s not exactly remarkable, as it just contains a bunch of clean/street versions of the radio, extended, and remix versions of “Something Good.”

The only “new” track is the super clean radio version, which is pretty pointless considering that the track was already pretty clean to begin with. There are no instrumentals on this release either, so the 12″ wins yet again.

UGK promo CDs from the early ’90s era are hard to come by through, so I’m glad to get my mitts on this sucker, unremarkable tracks aside. Now, if I could find the second promo CD that has those “Something Good” smooth mixes…

TRACKLIST:

  1. Clean, Clean Radio
  2. Clean Radio
  3. Street Radio
  4. Clean Extended
  5. Street Extended
  6. Pimp C’s Remix Clean Radio
  7. Pimp C’s Remix Street Radio

Click here to download.

 

Singles: “Something Good” (12 Inch)

UGK – “Something Good (Extended Mix)

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UGK – “Something Good (Pimp C’s Remix)

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from Something Good 12″ single (Jive/Bigtyme, 1992)

“Something Good” was released in 1992, the first single* from UGK’s (credited here as the “UGK’z”) debut album Too Hard to Swallow. This particular single is only available on 12″ vinyl, though there are CD versions floating around, albeit promo copies with different tracklists and some different mixes.

Pimp C’s remix is probably the highlight of the single. It changes up the beat a bit by adding a much funkier guitar lick and includes different lyrics for Bun’s second verse at the end. Another good thing about this single is that it features the instrumental for the extended mix.

Instrumentals for UGK tracks are few and far between, so when one is available, it’s always appreciated. It’s a shame that there isn’t an official instrumental for Pimp’s remix floating around; his version definitely blows the Bernie Bismark produced album version out of the water.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Extended Mix
  2. Pimp C’s Remix
  3. Radio Edit
  4. Extended Instrumental

Click here to download.

* Bigtyme did put out a 12″ single in 1989 of “Tell Me Something Good” with “Short Texas” as a b-side. There’s nothing too spectacular about it though, as it just has the street and radio versions of each track, without any special mixes or non-album leftovers.

 

Singles: “Use Me Up” (Dutch CDS)

"Use Me Up" Dutch Single

UGK – “Use Me Up (CD Instrumental)

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from Use Me Up Dutch CD single (Jive, 1993)

Would you believe that there was a UGK single made in Holland in 1993? I didn’t think that UGK was really popping much outside of Texas at that time, much less in another country.

The CD Version of “Use Me Up” is just that: the version from Too Hard to Swallow. The single’s real highlight is that it includes a CD quality version of the instrumental. Oh, and it has a cool little cardboard sleeve. I’m a sucker for that kinda shit.

TRACKLIST:

  1. CD Version
  2. CD Instrumental

Click here to download.