Singled Out: "I Played Some Joints For Pimp C & He Instantly Said, 'Yo, I'm F*cking W/ You'"
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 12:10AM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After MC Gliffics put readers onto "Burgundy Walls", producer Cavie spills the beans on getting the late Pimp C, T.I. and Too Short on their new "P.I.M.P." record.]
This record was actually made around the time T.I. had his  King album. This track was actually made for the King album. T.I. purchased the track from me and so it had just been sitting around. I like the music so much that I really don't like to let anything go to waste. I knew it was going to be a classic before any vocals were on it. I knew the track by itself was great.
So then my brother Big Gipp from the Goodie Mob was in Los Angeles with Pimp C once before he passed away and brough him to the studio. Big Gipp brought Pimp C to the studio, introduced us and me and Pimp got cool. I played him some joints and he wanted to know who I was working with. I played some joints for Pimp C and he instantly said, 'Yo, I'm f*cking with you. I'm f*cking with Cavie and we're gonna start working on my new project.'
One of my old managers used to manage me, Gipp and Pimp C so he put us all together and it seemed like magic. He liked me a lot and that was the first and, unfortunately, the only track we were able to do. Pimp C heard the beat and was like, 'Yo, I like that beat'. I told him T.I. had already bought it and since he liked it so much, he wanted to see if something could get worked out.
Once I heard Pimp C go into the booth, it was legendary. As soon as I heard him say, "Sweeeet Jones," I knew we got one. I started smiling. He really went in and just made it a classic record.
I took the record over to T.I. and told him he had been sleeping on it and so he said, "Oh, I forgot about that joint." I told him that I got Pimp C to do a verse on the record, [but] if he doesn't like it, he can just get rid of it. I played it for T.I. and as soon as he heard it, we was like, "Pull that up. Pull that up." He went in and murdered his verse and then unfortunately he got in trouble with the law and had to sit out for a while. And then it was going to be on the T.I. Vs. T.I.P album but it didn't make it because he got into some more trouble. Then he came home and it was going to be on Paper Trail, but it didn't quite fit the [album] concept.
We were like, "What are we going to do with this record?" So about a month or so ago, I did an interview with VIBE and lightly mentioned the record. As soon as T.I. saw that, he was like, "Oh sh*t, I forgot about that." Once again we're going to try and put it on another album, hopefully the upcoming Trouble Man album but once again, it's going in another direction and so we have this F*ck Da City Up mixtape.
A lot of people don't know the proceeds of this record also go to Pimp C's foundation and if you look at any of the mixtape sites, you can see the pens, t-shirts and other things for sale to help raise money. We're trying to look at ways where his family can get some proceeds so they can eat.
Cavie has been producing music since he was 12 years old, with a little known group at the time called N.W.A.. Soon after, the group blew up and so did Cavie. He has traveled around the world producing music for the biggest names in hip-hop, so it was no surprise when he got the call to produce Cee Lo Green's new solo album. This project is not the only album on Cavie's plate. He recently agreed to work with Teddy Riley and another album for Macy Gray, and he's also crafting hits for the comeback albums of Goodie Mob, T.I. and DMX.
Check out T.I. & Pimp C's "P.I.M.P." below: