Rapper. Pimp C was born Chad Butler on December 29, 1973, in Port Arthur, Texas. He formed UGK (short for Underground Kingz) with long-time friend Bernard “Bun B” Freeman in 1987. They released their first album Southern Way in 1988, on cassette only. Their rise to prominance in the early to mid 1990s led to many prominent guest appearances including Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin’ and Three 6 Mafia’s Sippin On Some Sizzurp in 2000 and on the Outkast song International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You) 2007. Pimp C released his debut solo album The Sweet James Jones Stories in March 2005.
Pimp C also had his share of brushes with the law. In January 2002, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for failing to complete a community service requirement stemming from an aggravated assault charge. He was released in December 2005 from the Terrell Prison Unit in Rosharon, Texas.
Pimp C was treated for minor injuries in April 2006 after he was involved in a car accident in Port Arthur. He had just left a video shoot for his single Pouring Up when a vehicle being chased by pursuing gunmen ran a red light and crashed into the rapper’s Bentley.
In August 2007, UGK released Underground Kingz its first studio album in five years.
Pimp C, one-half of the southern hip hop duo UGK, died on December 4, 2007. Emergency responders found him dead on a bed in a sixth floor room at the Mondrian Hotel on trendy Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Two days after his death, UGK was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for International. Pimp C was in Los Angeles to work on his next solo album for Rap-A-Lot Records when he died, according to the label’s CEO James Prince.
Butler was survived by a wife and three children.
Salute a true legend; a true KING!
How do YOU remember Pimp C? Leave a comment below and let everybody know.
Clear your mind and your heart before you play this. Then, be sure to turn your speakers up, turn your headphones up, turn your ears up and respect a KING.
I best memory of Pimp C was during his last performance in Dallas, TX at what was Club Blue at the time…I think (the name changed 50 times). Anyway, he was there performing along with Bun B of course, as well as Chameleon and his entire UGK crew. I met them at the hotel before the concert and rode with them over to the club. After their set we mingled in the VIP before heading back to the hotel. I was introduced to the entire UGK camp and took pictures with them all. I failed to download the pictures from my camera and my camera was stolen a week later (still salty about that). It’s my best memory because even though I don’t have the pictures, the memory is etched in my mind. He was very much a gentleman and very respectful towards me and promised after things settled down, he would come back through for an interview. The interview did not take place for obvious reasons. I was crushed to learn he passed the week or so following the concert.
Niiiice!!! I admit.. I knew he was part of UGK, I respected the few lyrics I heard him spit. I however only really knew of him through “Big Pimpin” & “Sizzurp” this has opened MY eyes.. I appreciate it..