Pimp C

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Pimp C
Pimp C in mid-2006.
Background information
Birth name Chad Lamont Butler
Also known as
  • Sweet James Jones
  • Tony Snow
  • Percy Mack
  • Jack Tripper
Born (1973-12-29)December 29, 1973
Crowley, Louisiana, U.S.
Died December 4, 2007(2007-12-04) (aged 33)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • record producer
Years active 1987–2007
Associated acts

Chad Lamont Butler[1] (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper and record producer. He was best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the Underground Kingz (UGK).

Music career[edit]


Butler formed the rap group Underground Kingz (colloquially known as UGK) with best friend Bernard "Bun B" Freeman in 1987 in Port Arthur, Texas.[2][3] In 1991, Jive Records signed UGK and released Too Hard to Swallow, followed by the critically acclaimed Super Tight. The group's third album, Ridin' Dirty, reached #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,[4] and their momentum was continued with features on the popular singles "Big Pimpin'" with Jay-Z and "Sippin' on Some Syrup" by Three 6 Mafia. UGK's fourth album, Dirty Money, was distributed in 2001. Due to Butler's incarceration in 2002, UGK would not release another studio album until 2007's Underground Kingz, which included the hit "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)", featuring Outkast.[3]

Arrest and solo debut[edit]

In January 2002, Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison for violating his probation by ignoring his sentence to community service stemming from an earlier aggravated assault charge.[5] His arrest was widely protested by the hip hop community, who along with Bun B, immediately initiated a grassroots "Free Pimp C" campaign.[6] While Pimp C was in prison, Rap-A-Lot Records released The Sweet James Jones Stories in 2005, most of which consisted of unreleased freestyle recordings.[5]

Pimp C spent the later portion of his sentence at the Terrell Unit in Brazoria County, Texas and was transferred to the Huntsville Unit a week prior to his release.[7] On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and placed on parole until December 2007.[8]

On July 11, 2006, Pimp C released his second studio album, Pimpalation.

Death and tributes[edit]

Pimp C was found dead in a hotel in West Hollywood, California, on December 4, 2007, just 26 days before is 34th birthday.[3] His death remains unknown [9] in conjunction with preexisting sleep apnea.[10] Promethazine and codeine are active ingredients in a recreational drug called "syrup" or "purple drank" that Pimp C, like many other Southern rappers, referred to in his music.[11] The funeral was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas on December 13, 2007.[12] Port Arthur Mayor Deloris Prince, Pimp C's mother Weslyn Monroe, and Bun B were among the speakers at the service.[12]

Bun B continues to pay tribute to Pimp C through his music, including the tracks "You're Everything," a collaboration with Rick Ross, David Banner, and 8Ball and MJG, and "Pop It 4 Pimp" which was produced by Mouse and featured Juvenile and Webbie, off of Bun B's 2008 album II Trill.[13] Bun B released the final UGK album, UGK 4 Life, in 2009. UGK 4 Life had been recorded, for the most part, in the time frame between their previous album and the passing of Pimp C. Outkast paid tribute to Pimp C during their Outkast #Atlast homecoming tour in Atlanta, playing Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) onstage with Bun B and dedicating it to the late rapper.[14] That same year, Bun B dedicated a tribute show at the A3C Festival in Atlanta, GA to preclude Pimp C's posthumous album. The late up and coming rapper Doe B released a remix of UGK's song Murder entitled Homicide, which featured T.I.[15]

In 2015, producer Amerigo Gazaway released B.B. & The Underground Kingz: The Trill is Gone. As part of the series "collaborations that never were" Gazaway re-imagined a recording session between blues guitarist B.B. King and UGK.

In 2015, a biography about Pimp C was released, named "Sweet Jones, Pimp C's Trill Life Story" by Ozone Magazine editor and founder, Julia Beverly.

On the 29th April 2016, Canadian artist Drake featured Pimp C posthumously on his fourth studio album, Views, in a song titled "Faithful".

In 2016 Brooklyn, NY/Newport News, VA rapper Magneto Dayo paid homage to Pimp C and his legacy on a song titled "Pimp C"[16]

Big K.R.I.T.'s 2017 album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time references Pimp C on the track "Ride Wit Me."

Frank Ocean in his song "Nikes" mentions RIP Pimp C


Solo albums[edit]

Posthumous solo albums[edit]


  1. ^ "Port Arthur News Obituaries: 2007". Port Arthur Public Library. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ Jayson Rodriguez, "UGK’s Bun B Remembers Pimp C: ‘It Just Wasn’t In Him To Not Say What He Felt’," MTV News, December 6, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Sanneh, Kelefa (December 5, 2007). "Pimp C, Southern Hip-Hop Rapper, Dies at 33". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Bush, John (2007). "UGK – Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  5. ^ a b Jeffries, David (2007). "Pimp C > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  6. ^ Pearson, Ryan (2007-12-05). "Chad Butler, 33: Rap musician known as Pimp C". Toronto Star. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Rapper Pimp C released from prison." KTRK-TV. Friday December 20, 2005. Retrieved on November 19, 2010.
  8. ^ "Rapper Pimp C released from prison". MSNBC. Associated Press. 2005-12-30. 
  9. ^ Winton, Richard. "Cough syrup cited in rapper Pimp C's death", The LA Times Feb 5, 2008; accessed 11 Aug 2016
  10. ^ "UGK". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rieken, Kristie (2008-02-05). "Cough syrup found in Pimp C's hotel had no label". Houston Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  12. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (December 13, 2007). "Pimp C is Given Uplifting, Heartfelt Farewell at Funeral". MTV.com. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Bun B Brings 'Em Out at II Trill Listening Session in NYC". MTV Newsroom. MTV News. March 5, 2008. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  14. ^ Stolz, Kim (March 2, 2009). "UGK's Last Album An 'Emotional Experience' After Pimp C's Death". MTV News. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ http://blog.a3cfestival.com/post/news/a3cs-pimp-c-tribute-precludes-release-of-pimp-cs-final-album-through-mass-appeal-records
  16. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Pimp-C/dp/B01LXG82UN

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