Apparently Pimp C was not here for Andre 3000‘s infamous guest verse on UGK’s classic hit and biggest commercial success, “International Players Anthem (I Choose You).” In a teaser clip for an upcoming episode of ItstheReal’s “A Waste of Time” podcast, guest Jeff Sledge (an A&R at Jive Records in the 2000s), revealed the shocking news about the 2007 released track.
It appears that Andre cut the drums from the track during his opening verse without getting the green light, and this raised a concern for the late, legendary Houston rapper. Sledge explains:
“When André sent his piece back and had no drums, Chad [Butler, Pimp C’s given name] was pissed off. He was like ‘Fuck Andre, man. How the fuck is he gonna send my shit back and take my drums out?’ Fuck that.’ He was going off about Andre taking the drums out.”
Sledge also explained that stood by Andre’s case with Pimp C, stating how incredible the intro verse would be:
“I was like, ‘Chad, hold up fam. Let’s rock it like that because when André’s doing a capella and then when the beat drops, that’s when your verse drops. And then you, your verse is gonna lift the record up because now the beat is rocking and your verse is kicking. And he’s like ‘Alright, Jeff. I’m gonna give it a shot. If it fucks up, it’s on you.’”
I think we all can agree that we’re happy that Pimp C’s request was over-ridden. Revisit the classic track and video below: