(AllHipHop News) On Friday, Big K.R.I.T. returned with his third studio LP 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. The double album includes "Ride Wit Me" featuring the legendary southern Hip Hop duo UGK.
However, a former self-described protégé of UGK member Pimp C is calling foul on the song. Craig “XVII” Isabelle accuses K.R.I.T. of stealing the track’s hook and name.
XVII released the Against Tha Grain mixtape in 2010 which included a song titled “Ride Wit Me,” and the project lists Pimp C as a featured artist. XVII’s rendition has the same chorus as the one on 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time.
“I got my version from P himself with several other songs that he had me working on. He actually asked me to ‘see what I could do with the beat to fix it’ because [producer] Cory Mo had only sampled a damn loop,” XVII tells AllHipHop. “So I had to finish producing my version. When I finished it, Pimp loved it and was proud which made me proud but made Cory Mo jealous.”
XVII’s connection to Pimp C can be traced back to the 2007 project Pimp C Presents… XVII Certified. Chad "Pimp C" Butler passed away eight months after the release of Certified, but XVII was not clear on how his “Ride Wit Me" ended up on Against Tha Grain three years after Butler's death.
The Mississippi native does insist he and Pimp C worked on the "Ride Wit Me" chorus together. XVII is now publicly voicing his issues with the living individuals involved in Big K.R.I.T.’s “Ride Wit Me.”
“Cory Mo messaged me, and we went back and forth. He's scared to call,” says XVII. “As far as Bun, I have no words for him - just like Pimp didn't before he passed. And f-ck K.R.I.T. He knows what he did. Muthaf-cker woke up a beast.”
AllHipHop reached out to representatives of Big K.R.I.T. and Cory Mo. As of press time, neither camp responded to requests for comments. A representative for Pimp C’s widow, Chinara Butler, declined to comment on the matter at this time.