“The King Of New York”-Pudgee
Slated Release Date: (1996, Perspective Records)
Pudgee was a highly underrated cat, point blank he just a double dose of a “raw deal”. As the “Phat Bastard”, Pudgee dropped a solid LP in ’93 with “Give ‘Em The Finger”. The album, with production from the TrackMasters and Tony Dofat, did fairly well and actually earned a decent review in the pages of The Source (3.5 Mics). Yet, Pudgee was caught in the middle of the Giant/Warner Bros. fiasco and poor promotion led to even slimmer albums sales. Pudgee was probably more “in demand” for his ghost-writing talents, as he penned for the likes of Antoinette and several other big-time (word is, “female”) artists. Not to put a dimmer on Pudgee’s lyrical and writing talents, but you’ve gotta’ peep Joe Fatal’s (“Live At The BBQ”) take on Pudgee in an interview over at unkut.com. There’s some pretty interesting statements made on Fatal’s behalf in that sit-down.
Similar to label-mate Young Zee, in ’96/’97 Pudgee was set to drop a follow-up to “Give ‘Em The Finger”, titled “King Of New York” (originally titled “Niguz Fa Life”) on the Perspective imprint (which, thanks to Dart, I just found out was owned and operated by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) but when Perspective Records dissolved, apparently due to Lewis & Jam’s mismanagement, the album found itself placed back upon the shelf. One of the intended cuts for “King Of New York”, the Notorious B.I.G. and Lord Tariq-featured, mixtape mainstay, ‘Think Big’ is often deemed a classic by underground heads. The album also included many features such as D-Nice, DMX, M.O.P., Royal Flush, Digable Planets (“Everyone Wants To Be Hard”) and production from the likes of Nick Wiz and EZ Elpee. So it’s safe to say that the album featured more heat than just Pudgee’s most notable hit to date, “Think Big”.