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NO INTRODUCTIONS NEEDED

When I see a track with a lineup like this, I always get really excited right at first, and then almost immediately really worried that it won’t be able to live up to the sum of its parts.

Big Boi – Gossip (feat. UGK & Big K.R.I.T.)

In this particular situation, you’ve got a lot of potential pitfalls: one of the dudes on the song has been residing in the spiritual world for the past four and a half years, two of them are very established, approaching middle-age rappers from different parts of the south, and one is a young and aspiring artist from yet another part of the south from everybody else.  Ideally, with a song with this many strong talents on board, it would be best for all of them to spend some time in the same room together to get on the same page and get all of their comparably genius creative minds pointed in the same direction, but in this case, that would clearly not be an option (see reasons above).  But in my opinion, aside from the Pimp C verse sounding a little uncharacteristically unsmooth and out of the pocket, this track actually does a pretty good job of living up to its lineup.  Plus, Big Boi in the first verse makes reference to one of my favorite non-Soul Food Goodie Mob tracks.

Goodie Mob – They Don’t Dance No Mo’

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RAP JOURNEY #14 – FROM RAKIM TO PLEASURE

I thought of this in the shower today, I was feelin real rested and carefree cuz I haven’t had to go to work in a while, and this little loop was just spinnin’ around in my head cuz it fit just right with how I was feeling.  It’s one of the most laid back, start-of-a-good-day-feelin loops around, and playing it in my mind to myself while I was gettin’ soaped up made me want to find out where it came from.  I first heard it way back in the day on this Rakim song from his first solo album.

Rakim – Remember That

A few years later, when I was getting more into southern rap, I came across this track that actually predates that Rakim song by about 3 years.

UGK – It’s Supposed To Bubble

It’s cool to hear a Houstonian and a New Yorker flip the same sample but treat it slightly different because of how the sound in their area is, I really feel like those two songs have a surprisingly different feel to them even though the meat of the instrumental is totally the same.

When I started trying to track down the common ancestor to both those songs, I discovered quite a few other tracks that also came from that same song, some of which even predate one or both of the previous rap versions.  Crazy.

Big Daddy Kane – Give It To Me

Then this one that came out around the same time that UGK version happened.

Main Source – Only the Real Survive

The thing I didn’t know was who K-Cut, Pimp C, Spark Boogie, Mister Cee, and DJ Clark Kent were all listening to in the mid-90s when they made these beats.  Until now.

Pleasure – Thoughts of Old Flames

And here’s this Guilty Simpson song, that seems to be unrelated sample-wise but is called the same thing pretty much.  I dunno.

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PIMP (OK)C

There probably isn’t a more guaranteed click from me than the title of this video.

You’ll have to fast forward to about 31:00 before Pimp C comes out.  Amazing.

 

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GRILL ON THE FRONT, TRUNK STEADY HUMMIN’

I got a real sweet phone call from Simon today letting me know he’d publicly endorsed this humble blog as a prime spot to listen to and learn about new (and old) music on the various social web zones he inhabits, and I think I might have gained a few new readers out of it!  Beautiful!  So I got home today and I was like “man I gotta do some kinda post for him to say thanks” but I couldn’t think of what to do.  So I was kinda flipping through the events of the day that I could remember, searching for inspiration, and this little article that Andrew showed me today came to mind.  It’s a collection of 10 Pimp C lyrics that “Will Make Your Momma Faint” in honor of today, which would have been Pimp’s 38th birthday (RIP).  So now I’m like “fuck, now I’ve gotta try to pay tribute to my everlasting homie Simon and at the same time honor the beyond legendary Pimp C at the same time??  This can’t be possilbe.”  But then it came to me.

See back in the day when me and Simon used to DJ on the regular at Turqoise (back when Turquoise existed), he used to throw on this 45 real frequently, and it just made me melt every damn time, I swear.

Aaron Neville – Hercules

I feel like that song could make anybody melt, personally, but it was especially effective on me because of this track, which has some killer verses and is produced by… who else?  Pimp C.

UGK – Chrome Plated Woman

So at the intersection of Pimp C and Simon Goetz lies Aaron Neville I guess.  Hm.  I guess that makes sense.  RIP Chad, long live Simon!

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CAN’T LET GO

Here are 2 songs called “Can’t Let Go” that are really great.  Cuz sometimes you just can’t.

Sleepy’s Theme – Can’t Let Go

Anthony Hamilton – Can’t Let Go

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IF YOU GAVE HER A DIME, NIGGA SHE GAVE ME A NICKEL

I’ve been gettin real into these Andrew Noz interviews lately, and after reading the one with Boots Riley from The Coup (who I’d completely never even heard of before), I decided to check out some of their music, and it is real tight.  It definitely feels real west coast; real funk-oriented and smooth but with some surprisingly politically-oriented lyrics at times, which is a cool combination.

The first song I heard was Fat Cats, Bigga Fish (you GOTTA check that video if you haven’t seen it) and I really dug it so I got the album that song is on which is called Genocide & Juice.  I just turned it on right now for the first time and the intro had this little guitar part that I recognized from a Pimp C song, but I could tell Pimp didn’t sample it, he just used the same melody for his track.  But I knew the Coup song was older, so I figured there was probably an even older song that was sampled in that intro track to Genocide & Juice and then also reappropriated for the Pimp C song I’d heard before.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t track down a streamable version of that Coup track (like I say it’s just the intro, and less than a minute long) but here’s the Pimp C song and the original song I eventually tracked down as the source for both.  I’d strongly recommend checkin’ out that Genocide & Juice album though, it’s hittin me in the right way right about now.

Pimp C – I’sa Playa (feat. Bun B, Twista, & Z-Ro)

Patrice Rushen – Givin’ It Up Is Givin’ Up

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THIS COUNTRY RAP TUNES DOWN HERE, NIGGA

I just read Andrew Noz’s interview with Pimp C from 2007.  I’d recommend reading the whole thing, but I couldn’t help but post this excerpt up, with some links added by me.

N: What do you think causes that divide in hip hop?
C: What causes a motherfucker to just straight up be a hater on these streets? What causes a motherfucker that you went to school with your whole life to want to shoot you and rob you? Jealous, envy, greed, wicked men, deceitful hearts, females with penises. Bitch ass niggas is what causes this shit…  That’s why I see there’s so much division. Let me tell you something man, I don’t hear certain motherfuckers tripping off coasts man. If niggas having money I don’t hear them dissing the south. I was just on the phone with Cam’ron. Cam’ron ain’t trippin on the south. Cam’ron’s opening up a record company in the south. I don’t hear him complaining. I don’t hear Jay-Z on his record dissing the south. I don’t hear Fat Joe dissing the south, in fact I see Fat Joe embracing our sound. I don’t hear Scarface on records talking shit about the west coast. I don’t hear real niggas on the west coast like WC or Ice Cube dissing the east or the south. It be pussy motherfuckers with this bullshit. They keep saying “You niggas fucking up hip hop.” Man let me tell you something, everytime a man spit a rap, don’t make them records hip hop records, we making country rap tunes down here. And everybody want to be mad at D4L and Dem Franchize Boys. Guess what man? What’s the difference between them records and [Rappin’ Duke's] “Da Ha Da Ha”?

N: It’s just party music.
C: Exactly. What’s the difference man? What you so mad about? We need different genres of this music so that it can keep expanding and so that it can stay at the forefront and we can keep eating. It’s got to change. Everything can’t be ice water and cool, everything can’t be hardcore all the time, everything can’t be one tempo. We need different genres of this thing called rap. Mary J. Blige is just as much hip hop as Notorious BIG as King Tee was as Rodney O and Joe Cooley.

UGK – Quit Hatin’ the South

Better yet, maybe we can just quit hatin in general.  RIP Pimp C

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