RIP Chad Butler
Pimp C (born Chad Butler) is being remembered and mourned throughout the country today by family, friends and the hip-hop community. On December 7th, 2007 Pimp C passed, leaving an unforgettable impression on hip-hop. With the help of Bun B, UGK (their group) brought something new to the rap game and put Texas on the map! UGK dropped hit after hit, coming from Billboard topping albums such as Ridin’ Dirty which peaked at #15. They made a name for themselves, created a huge buzz, then moved on to bigger/better accomplishments.
In 2000, Jay-Z featured both Bun B and Pimp C is his forever remembered club banger, “Big Pimpin.” That same year Pimp C was featured in the street anthem,“Sippin on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia. Those two collaborations brought UGK to another level of stardom. With that stardom, comes: bigger reputations, more recognition, and higher risks. In 2002, UGK faced a minor set-back when Pimp C was sent to prison.
The incarceration of Pimp C only set him up for a great come back. After being released from prison in 2005, UGK got right back to it. Their double album Underground Kingz/Pimpalation peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 in August on 2007. That album was what gave us the southern music anthem, Pourin’ Up (below).
Pimp C, Chad Butler, is considered to be one of the most influential men in hip-hop to this day. He accomplished many incredible things throughout the course of his life, most importantly bettering himself as a person towards his finals years. Rappers all around the world are aware of what Pimp C did for hip-hop and his partner Bun B, along with the entire hip hop community continue to hold it down for the pimp! Today, throw in an old UGK CD and just listen to what Pimp C was doing 15-20 years ago… sounds similar to southern rap today doesn’t it? In a small way, you can hear Pimp C in a lot of rap today. That’s all he could ever ask for…
R.I.P Pimp C — December 29th, 1973 – December 7th, 2007.
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