October 31, 2015

Pudgee The Phat Bastard "Think Big" (12", 1995)

Pudgee The Phat Bastard's "Think Big" was an unofficial, yet official release in 1995. With a personal relationship with B.I.G., they collaborated on a joint called "Think Big." The Bronx MC had production from Minnesota of the Money Boss Players, as well as Lord Tariq & Sadat X (depending on which version you get). Oddly, the original bootlegs do not list Biggie on the record, just Lord Tariq and in some releases, Biggie's verse is replaced by Sadat X.  Nevertheless, the track was not cleared for official release, because Layla Hathaway allegedly wouldn't clear the sample for the record. With Biggie's "Ready To Die" being released in the Fall of '94 and being on top of the world, you do what any sane person (or label) would do, bootleg the record, right? It's "odd" that "Think B.I.G." was used to promote "Life After Death" years later (see above) ... but I digress. The lyrics Biggie spit were ferocious to say the least; he certainly did not phone in his feature with Pudgee The Phat Bastard.

Whether it was the misfortune of sample clearances, an album that got shelved, or Fatal wrongly putting Pudgee's name in his mouth over a disagreement over who wrote Fatal's verse to "Live at the BBQ," the 90s could have been better to Pudgee The Phat Bastard. That said, with his album "Unreleased 92-98" finally being released on Back 2 Da Source Records (Belgium), hopefully there's some resolve there. Let me also say, the project is dope! It's got production from Nick Wiz & Trackmasters on multiple tracks, as well as Dr Ceuss, of course Minnesota (although no Biggie) and vocal features from some classic artists like Missy, Sadat X, Lord Tariq, and fan favorites Da King & I and Trends of Culture. Dig into the original 12" of "Think Big" below and cop his new CD HERE