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Dear Mr. Club DJ,

It’s not often that I write letters to people. Most times, I prefer to talk to people face to face when given the opportunity. But since you work in a very loud environment, I figured this would be the best way to reach you.

I was hesitant to write you because I didn’t want to feel like I was rushing judgment on your job performance. I hardly even go to clubs anymore, so I didn’t want to assume that each of the last few times I’ve gone, you were playing the same music. I was thinking that maybe, just maybe, it was pure coincidence.

But still, after hearing the music you were playing this past weekend, I just felt compelled to write you about this. I have a question:

Why is it that every time you come to the part of the night where you do your “Pimp C tribute” you play the same 4 songs?

Granted, I love “Take It Off,” “Let Me See It,” “Big Pimpin’” and “International Players Anthem” but, are those the only UGK songs that you know? I understand that you have to keep the crowd going and you have to segue and blend your selections, but why do you only play these four songs.

Surely, these are not the only UGK songs that can get some burn in the club are they? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you drop the needle on “One Day” or anything like that. Its a great song, but I can see how it may be a little too depressing for the club. Nor am I implying that you play a song like “Left It Wet” just for the hell of it. But c’mon, you’re a DJ. If you know 4 UGK songs, I’m hoping that you would know at least 4 more.

I have some suggestions, I hope you find them helpful.

“Break ‘Em Off Something”–When I was a teenager, this song would get the crowd going as soon as the beat started. That “dooooot dooooot doooooooooooot” was a signal that it was time to report to the dancefloor. Its always going to be up for grabs whether or not the people will nod or bounce, but movement is almost guaranteed.

“Murder”–Next to Triple Six’s “Tear The Club Up” this has to be one of the crunkest songs ever! I am willing to bet money that everybody in the club will scream “IM STILL PIMP C BITCH!” when the song starts. I’m also confident in saying that damn near 85% of the crowd will rap Bun B’s verse from beginning to end. If not that, at least the “flyin’ through yo’ Pelle Pelle…smelly red jelly” part.

“Pocket Full of Stones”–I know I know, its not the most uptempo track in the world, but you can speed it up a little bit and get a great response. Hell, you do it every time you play “Big Pimpin’” why not with this song?

“Front, Back and Side to Side”–I remember you playing the shit out of the T.I. version when it dropped. Can you please start playing the original? Its only right. The same way people scream “smokin’ out, pourin’ up,” I’m sure they’ll scream “never let hoe ass niggas riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!”

Pourin’ Up“–oh yeah, since I brought it up. See about mixing this in the set every once in a while. I know its not one of his most popular joints, but it still jams. You don’t even have to play the whole song, just slip Pimp’s verse in between songs.

“Get Throwed”–Man. This song was just the shit 3 years ago. It ain’t old enough to get retired just yet. Dust this mug off and give a spin.

Supposed To Bubble“–Every other song you play is about popping bottles and flossing, why not play this joint? Its still the jam. And if you’re spinning in D.C. you can even go into that old Questionmark Asylum if you’re really on a roll.

I don’t want to take up all of your time with my little suggestions. I don’t want you to feel like I’m telling you how to do your job. So I’ll stop here. I mean, if you got a paying gig, you must know what you’re doing. Plus, I’m just a writer who used to DJ at a Black college in the South. What do I know?

Who am I to expect to hear “Playas Down South” or “Woodwheel” in the club like I did when I’d visit Augusta, GA? Who am I to expect to hear “Tell Me Something Good” when you shout “where are all of my Pimp C fans?!?!” Sorry for complaining. Thanks for reading. I should probably just listen to my CDs at home.


Maurice G. Garland

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  • repo

    you’re a pussy maurice


      Hey, Faggot, post up your full name and where you’re from. Then we’ll see whos a pussy. Bitchmade Coward.

  • Adi

    You got a point !!

  • cocotaso

    soundin kinda salty, but the message is right on point. murder>tear the club up

  • render

    The reason dj’s keep playin the same joints on repeat and rarely run past singles from the last 4 or 5 years on their playlists is that the vast majority of ppl packing clubs don’t know about and/or don’t want hear anything besides hit singles from the last 4 or 5 years. Course it depends on what club and what crowd but for the most part, most those kids in there probably couldn’t care less that dude even ran a tribute to pimp c. You gotta play those 4 joints because those are the ones that are gonna have the best chance of keeping the set goin without slowin the momentum of your set while at the same time givin some love to a legend through your own craft.

    that black, college educated crowd you played to back in the day is gonna be more open to lesser known tracks from less than mainstream acts than the ignant ass drunk mufuckas looking to get some pussy at the club

    good look on those ugk tracks tho

  • fino

    just crazy. Exactly my point. I wanted to hear some real UGK as well.
    “I got a pocketfull of stone~” or pourin’ up
    really got me crazy.

  • R.E.

    That Pimp C tribute got your wheels turning, huh, MGG.

  • khal

    why not play “Pregnant Pussy” while you’re at it?

  • FLIP

    Pimp C tribute?!?! We gets nothing of the sort in New York.

    • Maurice Garland

      wow. damn. after hearing that, maybe i should be grateful for what i have.

      • BK Cyph

        yea about the only tribute we get is a Biggie one!

  • dodger

    how bout cocaine in the back of the ride, son!

  • P-Matik

    The hip-hop deejay is going by the wayside because these fools don’t know any music.

    And yeah, “Hey Lookaway Now” was killin’ DC radio back in the day.

  • OUCH!


  • paychexx

    i agree but where im at they dont even play intl’ players ( minnesota, I know). when i started goin to the club(age:16) they never play any real ugk songs ( big pimpin is jay’s song). me and my niggas would just sit in the parkin lot, bangin diamonds and wood, murder and the like that remix. i cant even get swishas and dosha played here. i retire from the club and just play the shit i wanna hear, and that ugk,boosie,webbie and foxx.

  • The Infamous Mr. P

    you know, when im in the club.. im only thinking about one thing, and thats.. gettin pussy. i could care less whats playin, usually im already too stoned and drunk to give a shit..but at the same time in my state of euphoria theres nothin like “a pocket full of stones” to sip some lean to, but then again..just as long as it gets this drunk bitch to let me dry hump her on the dancefloor or at least gets me a blowjob in the parkin lot by the end of the night, im good…one day your here baby and then your gone…R.I.P. Pimp C

  • ZO

    Man im Bumpin most of them songs in my ride as we speak!!!! And that’s for real my nig!!! Great Post!!!

  • cold war kid

    my favorite ugk track gotta be that “too real” off of scarface’s my homies that dropped in 98…niggas be sleepin on that shit…thats some of bun and pimps most personal thought provoking shit they ever did


    “Plus, I’m just a writer who used to DJ at a Black college in the South. What do I know?”


    I don’t know what is more amusing, that you feel as though you are qualified to offer anyone music advise or that you think you are a writer…

    man I got a laugh out of that….

    • SUN

      i hate assholes like this, and i bet 9 times outta 10 their just an immature little kid



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  • Koolkidkulture

    RIP, Pimp.

    Boost Mobile Anthem 2.0
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    You already know that DJs don’t play what the people want to hear; they play what they know is safe or what payola dictates.

    Pimp-C made major waves, but I’m afraid of what will happen with the toxicology report. If anything wasn’t legit, you know he’ll go down in history as a waste of immense talent. Which is an immense lie.

    Pimp-C influenced every rapper from the south, like Rakim influenced every rapper from New York. He’s a pioneer. You can’t take that away.

    But those songs are good for one great purpose – the slab. UGK made slab rider songs, while other southern artists make club bangers. Their songs suck, true indeed, but there’s still a major difference. Ringtone dough. We’re stuck in a cycle of recyclable hit songs, and if a certain artist’s song doesn’t bump for longer than a month, his/her album is dead in the Louisiana water.

    God knows I don’t want to see Pimp-C defamed. But I have my own idea of how rap music should be, and like MGG, I think that DJ’s should step their spin game up and play some “Break ‘Em Off.” It wins in Alabama, no matter what night of the week.

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