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Artist: Pimp C

Album: The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones

Label: Rap-a-Lot

Release date: October 5

Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Buy

Download: "What Up"

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Pimp C Might've Left Us Too Soon, But The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones Is a Proper Tribute

thenakedsoulofsweetjones.jpg
Artist: Pimp C

Album: The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones

Label: Rap-a-Lot

Release date: October 5

Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Buy

Download: "What Up" Feat. Drake & Bun B

If the slew of barrel-scraping 2Pac releases and the far more worthwhile J. Dilla compilations are any indication, posthumous releases are a tricky business. But considering Pimp C's UGK collaborator Bun B had his hands all over The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, the 13-track requiem does Chad Butler justice. It's important to remember that a good amount of Naked Soul was created when Pimp C was still alive, and in the crooning intro to the record, Pimp C welcomes us to his "debut" solo album, clarifying that his previous solo releases--'05's Sweet James Jones Stories and '06's Pimpalation--dropped when he was locked up. A solid cast of characters back up his antics; like-minded Southern emcees Slim Thug and Jazze Pha balance with the addition of current mainstreamers like Drake and Rick Ross. The production is similarly balanced and equally impressive, ranging from Mississippi's David Banner to longtime UGK collaborators Steve Below and Cory Mo to more recent hitmaker Boi-1da. Plus, with Bun B's exceptional Trill OG out just months ago, the chance to listen to the duo together one last time practically falls in your lap. Hell, if you feel the need to relive some UGK moments, just pretend it's a double-album and bump the two on shuffle.

 
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