Pimp C, Nas & Juicy J Take TLC’s What About Your Friends And Make It TRILL (Audio)

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At the end of his life, Pimp C made no secrets about his unhappiness with the industry, and some of the folks in his circle. While Chad Butler and Bernard Freeman (a/k/a Bun B) maintained a brotherly bond in UGK that lasted nearly 20 years, other folks in Pimp C’s life seemingly cared less when the Port Arthur, Texas MC/producer was locked up, battling demons, or just trying to work at his accustomed high level. Perhaps it is in this mind state that he recorded “Friends.” The song is a posthumous inclusion on December 4’s Long Live The Pimp album.

The chorus takes a healthy hit of inspiration from TLC’s timeless hit “What About Your Friends” and flips it in a Pimp C way. Meanwhile, the longtime Rap-A-Lot Records artist’s verse calls Whodini’s own “Friends” into play.

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With the album coming on Mass Appeal Records, who better than Nas to enter the mix. Nasir Jones has made plenty of songs in his 20-plus-year career that question loyalty, take audit or a circle, and hint at isolation. From “Hate Me Now” to “Take It In Blood,” Nasty Nas knows what he’s doing, and shows this Pimp C moment the care it seemingly deserves. Also on board is longtime UGK/Pimp collaborator Juicy J. The Juice man has also lived through it in his own 20-year career, replacing Three 6 Mafia ties with Taylor Gang, and presumably dealing with lots of turmoil, whether in Memphis, Tennessee or Hollywood, California.

This power-collabo (spotted at Pitchfork) just works.

In what is believed to be Pimp C’s final posthumous release, will you support?

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