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Pimp C

Background information
Birth name Chad Lamont Butler
Born December 29, 1973(1973-12-29)
Port Arthur, Texas
Origin Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died December 4, 2007 (aged 33)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper, Producer
Years active 1987—2007
Labels UGK, Rap-a-Lot, UGK Records
Associated acts Bun B, Mitchell Queen, DJ DMD, DJ Bird, DJ Screw, Screwed Up Click, Scarface, E-40, Too Short, Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, 8Ball & MJG, Dungeon Family, Ludacris, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Trae, Z-Ro, Mike Jones, Lil' Flip

Chad Lamont Butler[1] (December 29, 1973 — December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper and producer. He was one half of the influential hip-hop group UGK, along with Bun B.


Music career


With best friend Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, Butler formed the rap group Underground Kingz, colloquially known as UGK. In 1992, 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 only released two projects prior to 2009: Side Hustles and the eponymous Underground Kingz, the latter of which spawned the hit single "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)", a collaboration with Atlanta's Outkast.

Arrest and solo debut

In 2002, Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison for violating his probation.[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] On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and placed on parole until December 2009.[5]


Pimp C died on December 4, 2007. He was dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles according to the Los Angeles County Coroner, Butler suffered respiratory depression caused by an accidental overdose of promethazine and codeine cough syrup coupled with a preexisting sleep apnea condition. Like many other Southern rappers, Pimp C frequently referenced the recreational consumption of "sizzurp" in his music.[6]





  1. ^ "Port Arthur News Obituaries: 2007". Port Arthur Public Library. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ Bush, John (2007). "UGK > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b Jeffries, David (2007). "Pimp C > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  4. ^ Pearson, Ryan (2007-12-05). "Chad Butler, 33: Rap musician known as Pimp C". Toronto Star. Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Rapper Pimp C released from prison". MSNBC (Associated Press). 2005-12-30. 
  6. ^ Rieken, Kristie (2008-02-05). "Cough syrup found in Pimp C's hotel had no label". Houston Chronicle (Associated Press). Retrieved 2009-05-02. 

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