September 19, 2016

Shawty Pimp & Red Dog - Comin Real Wit It (1995)


Comin' Real Wit It is one of the most popular Shawty Pimp Tapes only made more popular by the L.A. Club Resource vinyl reissue. Even though this is a classic production performance, I don't think it's Shawty Pimp's crowning achievement. Mostly recorded in late 1994, Comin Real Wit It marks the start of Shawty Pimp's ascension to sampling god. He's mainly looping old soul instrumentals, but his ear for the samples is one of the best and his drum work is what really does the talking through the pimped out and somber atmosphere. His quality and diverse snare sounds are some of the best I've heard from Memphis, rivaled only really by Juicy J. His bass rhythms are precise and bumping as well, as opposed to somebody like DJ Paul's dope, but slightly arbitrary 808 bass lines. Red Dog, who reps Binghampton, is the featured MC and is equally influenced by Koopsta Knicca and Skinny Pimp (with a little Project Pimp thrown in when he starts triple-tonguing). Not saying he ripped stuff straight from these guys, but I name drop them to give some reference on how he sounds. He is one of the very few to do the Koopsta Knicca sing-song flow so closely, and the way he shouts out Koop towards the beginning of the album indicates that they might have been friends (or merely just an acknowledgement of the influence). Red Dog's melodic vocals are dropped pretty low in the mix to let these slab themes ride out, but it's not to the point where you can't hear what he's saying. Comin Real Wit It is some shit you bump late at night in a drop top chevy when you got a full moon and no clouds in the sky mane.


The biggest difference between this and the two Pimp & Spade tapes dropped in 1995 (Vol. 2 & Vol. 3) is that Red Dog takes over as the main MC. Red Dog has a more melodic voice than Spade, and his relaxed sing song flow contrasts with Spade’s monotonous driving flow. Pimp changes his style perhaps slightly, picking some more melancholy samples and slowing the beats down a bit to fit Dog’s flow. Red Dog occasionally switches to double speed, which adds some nice variety to some of the tracks. Pimp also has gotten better as a rapper, and on the song Play No Playa he kills it in a back-and-forth with Red Dog.