Tribute Sundayz – R.I.P To All The Fallen Legends – Pimp C

Pimp C

Background information

Birth name – Chad Lamonte Butler
Born – December 29, 1973
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Died – December 4, 2007 (aged 33)
Los Angeles, California
Genres – Southern hip hop
Occupations – Rapper, Songwriter, Singer Producer
LabelsUGK, Rap-a-Lot
Associated actsUGK, Bun B, Too $hort, Jazze Pha, Lil Boosie, Webbie, Chamillionaire, Young Buck

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

Music career


Main article: UGK
Butler formed the rap group Underground Kingz (colloquially known as UGK) with best friend Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. In 1987, 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,[2] 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 Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)”, featuring Outkast.

Arrest and solo debut

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.[3] His arrest was widely protested by the hip hop community, who immediately initiated a grassroots “Free Pimp C” campaign.[4] While Pimp C was in prison, Rap-A-Lot Records released Sweet James Jones Stories in 2005, most of which consisted of unreleased freestyle recordings.[3]

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.[5] On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and placed on parole until December 2007.[6]

On July 11, 2006 Pimp C released his debut solo album, Pimpalation.

Death and tributes

Pimp C was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles on December 4, 2007. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, Butler suffered respiratory depression due to an overdose of promethazine and codeine coupled with a preexisting sleep apnea condition. Like many other Southern rappers, Pimp C frequently referenced the recreational consumption of “syrup” in his music.[7]

The funeral was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas on December 13, 2007.[8] Port Arthur mayor Deloris Prince, Pimp C’s mother Weslyn Monroe, and fellow UGK member Bun B were among the speakers at the service, and the eulogy was delivered by pastor Dr. John R. Adolph. Attendees included many fellow luminaries of the Houston rap scene: Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Willie D, Big Gipp, and Webbie.[9]

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[10] off of Bun B’s 2008 album II Trill. 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.[11]


Main article: UGK discography

Studio albums

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
U.S.U.S. R&BU.S. Rap
2005Sweet James Jones Stories
Released: March 2, 2005
Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum
Format: CD, LP, digital download
Released: July 11, 2006
Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum
Format: CD, LP, digital download
US: Gold
2008Greatest Hits
Released: June 3, 2008
Label: Asylum
Format: CD, LP, digital download

2010The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
Released: October 5, 2010
Label: Rap-A-Lot
Format: CD, LP, digital download
2011Still Pimping
Released: July 12, 2011
Label: Rap-A-Lot
Format: CD, LP, digital download

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
U.S.U.S. R&BU.S. Rap
2005″Is A Playa” (featuring Bun B, Twista, and Z-Ro)105——Sweet James Jones Stories
2006″I’m Free”——12Pimpalation
“Pourin’ Up” (featuring Mike Jones and Bun B)103——
“Knockin’ Doorz Down” (featuring P.O.P. and Lil’ Keke)108——
Featured singles

YearSongPeak chart positionsAlbum
U.S.U.S. R&BU.S. Rap
1997″I Miss My Homies” (Master P featuring Silkk the Shocker and Pimp C)25162Ghetto D
1998″Ghetto Life” (Master P featuring Bun B and Pimp C)———Da Last Don
2006″Get Throwed” (Bun B featuring Jay-Z, Pimp C, Z-Ro, and Young Jeezy)—4924Trill
“Swang” (Trae featuring Pimp C, Fat Pat and Big Hawk)———Restless
“Love Song” (Missez featuring Pimp C)—53—Single Only
“D-Girl (DopeGirl)” (Brooke Valentine featuring Pimp C)—92—Single Only
Unreleased”Naked Lady” (Chamillionaire featuring Pimp C)———Unknown
Guest appearances

2002″Quit Hatin’ Pt. 2″Too $hort, Lil Jon & The East Side BoyzWhat’s My Favorite Word?
2005″Get Throwed”Bun B, Z-Ro, Young Jeezy, Jay-ZTrill
2006″Make It Home”Young Buck, 615Welcome To The Traphouse
“4 Corner”Bow Wow, Lil Scrappy, Lil Wayne, Short DawgThe Price of Fame
“Money Maker”Too $hort, Rick RossBlow the Whistle
“Fuck You”Lil Boosie, WebbieBad Azz
2007″4 Kings”Young Buck, Young Jeezy, T.I.Buck the World
“Murder’ra”Z-Ro, Spice 1, ViciousKing of tha Ghetto: Power
“Welcome to the South”ChamillionaireUltimate Victory
2008″Underground Thang”Bun B, ChamillionaireII Trill
“Fly As An Eagle”Webbie, FoxxSavage Life 2
“Top Notch”Z-RoCrack
2010″Right Now”Bun B, 2Pac, Trey SongzTrill OG
2012″P.I.M.P.S.”T.I.Fuck da City Up
2012GossipBig Boi, Bun B, & Big K.R.I.T.Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
2013Worldwide (OG Remix)EDIDON, Makaveli, 8Ball & LloydO.G. Est. 1992
Music videos


2006″Pourin’ Up”Mr. Boomtown
2007″Knockin’ Doorz Down”Benny Matthews

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