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
Born (1973-12-29)December 29, 1973
Port Arthur, Texas, U.S.
Died December 4, 2007(2007-12-04) (aged 33)
West Hollywood, California, U.S.
  • Rapper

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 recording artist. He was best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the Underground Kingz (UGK).

Music career


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

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

Pimp C was found dead in a hotel in West Hollywood, California, on December 4, 2007.[3] His death was attributed in part "to promethazine/codeine effects"[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, an autobiography about Pimp C was released, named "Sweet Jones, Pimp C's Trill Life Story" by Ozone Magazine editor and founder, Julia Beverly

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



Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2005 The Sweet James Jones Stories
  • Released: March 2, 2005
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum/Atlantic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
50 7 3
2006 Pimpalation
  • Released: July 11, 2006
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum/Atlantic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
3 1 1
2008 Greatest Hits
  • Released: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Asylum/Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
2010 The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones
  • Released: October 5, 2010
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Geffen
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
25 8 5
2011 Still Pimping
  • Released: July 12, 2011
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Universal Motown
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
72 15 8
2015 Long Live the Pimp
  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Label: Mass Appeal
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
96 17 11


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"Is A Playa"
(featuring Bun B, Twista, and Z-Ro)
2005 105 Sweet James Jones Stories
"I'm Free" 2006 12 Pimpalation
"Pourin' Up"
(featuring Mike Jones and Bun B)
"Knockin' Doorz Down"
(featuring P.O.P. and Lil' Keke)
"3 Way Freak"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
2015 Long Live the Pimp

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
"I Miss My Homies"
(Master P featuring Silkk the Shocker and Pimp C)
1997 25 16 2 Ghetto D
"Get Throwed"
(Bun B featuring Jay-Z, Pimp C, Z-Ro, and Young Jeezy)
2006 49 24 Trill
(Trae featuring Pimp C, Fat Pat and Big Hawk)
"Love Song"
(Missez featuring Pimp C)
53 non-album single
"D-Girl (DopeGirl)"
(Brooke Valentine featuring Pimp C)
92 non-album single
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(Drake featuring Pimp C and dvsn)
2016 72 36 19 Views

Guest appearances

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Havin’ Thangs" 1994 Big Mike Somethin' Serious
"I’m Satisfied" 1995 Kottonmouth 100% Kottonmouth
"Release Me " Kilo G The Bloody City
"Rule #1" 1997 MC Breed Flatline
"Candy (The Percy Mack Mix)" DJ DMD Eleven
"Blind And Can't See" Sho The Return
"Mob Or Die" X-Mob Paper Chasing
"Good Times"
"Creepin" CC Waterbound Critical Condition
"All About It" 1998 Too Short Nationwide: Independence Day
"The Trill Connection" DJ DMD, Lee Masta Twenty-Two: P.A. World Wide
"20 Inches & 4 Nickels" Baby Drew The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
"Feel My Choppa" Mafioso Click Feel My Choppa
"Get Crunk" 1999 Crooked Lettaz Grey Skies
"Mrs. Good Pussy" Lil Sin Undaconstruction
"Top Notch Hoes" 3re Tha Hardaway Who Got Yo Back
"Mr. Playa Hata" 2000 Big Boom, Big Moe Paperchase 2000
"Cop Yo Drop" Lil Derrick aka Bulletproof Smoked Outt Records: Done Did It
"No Cheese" Mafia Style Unpredictable, Vol. 1
"Thug Thang Y2G" Spice 1, Black C The Last Dance
"Doin The Fool" E-40, Too Short, Pastor Troy, Al Kapone Loyalty and Betrayal
"Freaky Deaky" Willie D, Nay Nay Loved by Few, Hated by Many
"The Trill Connection II (Breakin Ni**az Off)" 2001 DJ DMD Thirty-Three: Live From Hiroshima
"4's Recline Top" Big Moe, Dirty $, D-Gotti Da Wreckshop Family: Ack'n A Azz
"Texas Boys" Kiotti, Mr. 3-2 Jag in The Jungle
"Pay My Bitch" MDDL FNGZ Live! From Da Manjah
"Down South Nigga Fa Life" The Congregation Ghetto Raised
"You Ain't Gonna Be Down" Silky Slim Ole Superstar
"Quit Hatin’ Pt. 2" 2002 Too $hort, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz What's My Favorite Word?
"Cash" Big Moe, D-Wreck Purple World
"Slow Down" Vicious, Corey Mac AKA Corey Mo I Ball Like Kobe
"Bitch N*gga" E600 Texas Boys Soundtrack
"Like a Pimp (Remix)" 2003 Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat Da Unbreakables
"Time To Ball" Sambow Heavy Hitta
"Diamonds On" 2004 Boss Pimps Pimpin' Off Top
"Get Throwed" 2005 Bun B, Z-Ro, Young Jeezy, Jay-Z Trill
"I'm 'n Luv (wit a Stripper) (Remix)" 2006 T-Pain, Twista, Paul Wall R. Kelly, MJG, Too $hort Rappa Ternt Sanga
"Make It Home" Young Buck, 615 Welcome To The Traphouse
"Cause I'm A Playa" Project Pat Crook by da Book: The Fed Story
"White Gurl" E-40, Juelz Santana, Bun B My Ghetto Report Card
"4 Corner" Bow Wow, Lil Scrappy, Lil Wayne, Short Dawg The Price of Fame
"Money Maker" Too $hort, Rick Ross Blow the Whistle
"Love Song" Missez none
"Do Your Time" Ludacris, Beanie Sigel, C-Murder Release Therapy
"Fuck You" Lil Boosie, Webbie Bad Azz
"Gettin' Some (Remix)" Shawnna, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes Worth Tha Weight, Part 2: The Mixtape
"Holla At Botany" C-Note, Network'N
"Dat Good" Mr. Marcelo, Prince Bugsy Son of Magnolia
"Whatchu Gonna Do" 2007 8Ball & MJG Ridin High
"Go 2 War" Crime Mob, Lil' Scrappy Hated On Mostly
"Talkin' Smart" Project Pat Walkin' Bank Roll
"4 Kings" Young Buck, Young Jeezy, T.I. Buck the World
"Murder'ra" Z-Ro, Spice 1, Vicious King of tha Ghetto: Power
"I Got" Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat Last 2 Walk
"Hood" Ali & Gipp, Nelly Kinfolk
"Cut it Out" Nelly, Sean P none
"Welcome to the South" Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
"Stack Money"[17] G Kamp Against All Odds
"Knuckle Up" Ice Water, Raekwon, Hands Polluted Water
"I Know Why" Gucci Mane, Rich Boy, Blaze-1 Back to the Trap House
"Underground Thang" 2008 Bun B, Chamillionaire II Trill
"Fly As An Eagle" Webbie, Foxx Savage Life 2
"Suicide Doors" David Banner, Kandi The Greatest Story Ever Told
"Top Notch" Z-Ro Crack
"Leanin'" 2009 Slim Thug, Bun B Boss of All Bosses
"Welcome 2 Houston" Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Bun B, Paul Wall, Yung Redd, Lil' Keke, Z-Ro, Mike D, Big Pokey, Rob G, Trae, Lil' O
"Right Now" 2010 Bun B, 2Pac, Trey Songz Trill OG
"Swerve 2" Lil Boosie, Webbie Golden Child V
"Pimp" 2012 T.I., Too Short Fuck da City Up
"Gossip" Big Boi, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
"Worldwide (OG Remix)" 2013 EDIDON, Makaveli, 8Ball & Lloyd O.G. Est. 1992
"Show Out (Remix)" Juicy J, T.I. none
"Smokin' Rollin'"[18] Juicy J Stay Trippy
"Cake"[19] Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Lil Boosie Trill OG: The Epilogue
"Don't Play With Me"[19] Bun B
"Word On The Town" 2014 Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J 28 Grams & Blacc Hollywood
"Wavybone" 2015 A$AP Rocky, Juicy J, Bun B At.Long.Last.A$AP
"Faithful" 2016 Drake, dvsn Views
"In The South" 2017 Big Boi, Gucci Mane Boomiverse

Music videos

Year Title Director
2006 "Pourin' Up" Mr. Boomtown
2007 "Knockin' Doorz Down" Benny Matthews


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External links

  • Official website
  • Pimp C on IMDb
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