Pudgee – Checkin’ Out The Ave

Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard released his single “Checkin’ Out the Ave” back in 1993. The track was produced by Trackmasterz and was released on Giant Records.  The single was also included in his debut album “Give Em The Finger” and released on October 26, 1993.

The first thing that stands out when you hear about Pudgee is of course the name.   His first moniker “MC Effect” was not as “effective” so he changed it to Pudgee since his girlfriend at the time called him that.  He would hear people say, “Pudgee? I hate that fat bastard!” and took the name from there.

He dropped a couple of freestyles with DJ Clue and then recorded a demo that included this track.  He had to rerecord this song for the debut album and the result was a dope underground album that people have slept on and still don’t know about.  The track borrows a vocal sample from Fat Larry’s “Band Down on the Avenueand under that a drum pattern from “Synthetic Substitution” by Melvin Bliss.  the track is about live on the avenue and all the bad things that happen there.  Pudgee sounds like he was influenced by Treach and his song “Ghetto Bastard“. Coincidence?  Maybe, but the guy has a nice flow and voice and makes the track worthy of getting the album.

This song was so dope that 2Pac heard the song off a demo and asked Stretch to introduce them to each other.  The album has some nice cuts like “This Is How We…” featuring Kool G Rap,Lady in My Life” featuring MC Lyte, “The Vibe” and “Life’s a Bitch” will have you scratching your head asking yourself, “Why didn’t this cat blow up more?”  The album is available as a download and can still be found online on cd.

[Chorus: repeat 2X]
Gotta check out, the avenue
Got, ta, check out.. the avenue

Livin in the big city, not just New York, every hometown
Has a place where things are known for goin down
Where you can learn a lot of things that you shouldn’t know
It’s a place where people tell ya that ya shouldn’t go
All the kids that go dere they end up misled
Cause of a hardhead, some of ’em turn up dead
Mothers cry as they identify their child y’know
In the morgue wearin a tag on their big toe
I’m sayin listen you should go to school and learn
But fast cash and respect is what you wanna earn
So you stand for days and days on the ave
To make enough to get the things that you didn’t have
Gettin five for the vial, some two for seven
But losin out on your childhood’s what you’re really gettin
But if that’s the way you get respect I pity you
Checkin out the avenue


Second verse y’all, I’ll catch you on the go around

Livin in the big city, the big city is where I come from
Not the slums but where poor is many more than none
A young man grows up and then grows to rump
With the girls wild now got a child and he’s stuck
Dirt poor hits the block he’s sellin the rock
Gets nabbed by the cops, hits the cell block
Listenin to Lou Rawls while lookin at the blue walls
Of a jail cell, cause he tried life and he failed
So now the hardest job is keepin a smile
Stay in line for survival in the penile
This is your worst nightmare, how cheery it isn’t
None of your family or friends don’t even come to visit
So you’re forced into a line of behavior
Cause you don’t wanna catch scars from a razor
And it’s your fault you couldn’t make it, I pity you
Checkin out the avenue


Checkin out the avenue..
Checkin out the avenue.. (check it out)

The city never sleeps I stay awake 24/7 days a week
Thinkin bout all the things that I consider deep
Literally ladies live life lonely, singin the blues
And to make matters worse, the eye witness news
From anything to everything that’s under the sun
What’s next? A mother usin her son for sex?
Bad lives, battered wives hidin they black eyes
And then they decide their husband has got to die
She’s on trial, there goes another broken family
Unless she gets off on temporary insanity
Then there’s a single mother, her man deserted her
Two year old grows up to be a mass murderer
There ain’t nobody around that’s left to raise ’em straight
There ain’t nothin we can do but sit back and wait
A sad life to live, some pity me too
Checkin out the avenue

[Chorus] – repeat 2

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