Southern Hip-Hop has always been an arena of music that has never fully gotten it's recognition for everything it has given to Hip-Hop's illustrious and unique culture. The MC, Producer and half of the iconic Hip-Hop duo, "Underground Kingz (UGK)" known as, "Pimp C" forever cemented himself as a legendary Hip-Hop icon for putting the South on his back and forever pushing it's music all over the country.
Pimp C was born with the government name, "Chad Lamont Butler" on December 29th, 1973 in Port Arthur, Texas and has always been sonically-inclined as both his father and stepfather were both musicians so music was always inherently in his blood since he was a child. A year after his best friend, group partner and MC, "Bun B" graduated from high school the two would form UGK and appropriately would go on to release one of their first EP's in 1992 called, "Southern Way" which bolstered the classic song, "Tell Me Something Good". Pimp C would go on to release UGK's debut album, "Too Hard To Swallow" (1992) which was followed by their critically acclaimed project, "Super Tight" (1994). The project would end up cracking BillBoards Top 200 at #95 and this would eventually cause the industry to give the Southern Kings the recognition they rightly deserved.
Pimp C always lived by one quote when it came to his music which echoed the statement, "I don't do Hip-Hop, I do country rap tunes". The third album UGK would release known as, "Riding Dirty" would be their most commercially successful project as it would peak at #2 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart. It would not be until the year 2000 when Pimp C and Bun B would finally have a breakout year when they were requested by the legendary MC himself, "Jay-Z" to appear on the song, "Big Pimpin". According to the documentary, "Pimp C: Long Live The Pimp", Pimp C's verse was a freestyle that he wrote on the spot because he wanted it to make it sound as country as possible to let the world know that the South was doing Big things for Hip-Hop culture. Pimp C did not originally want to do the song with Jay-Z due to him not wanting others to think UGK was just being put on by one of the hottest rappers in the game. Nevertheless, the song would go on to become one of UGK's biggest songs of their whole career along with Jay-Z.
The final height of Pimp C's career would come after pushing through one of lowest points of his life, being released from his 5 year prison sentence in 2007. He would go on to release his first solo debut album, "Pimpalation" (2006) and decided to unite and get rid of all the beef between southern Hip-Hop artists (including T.I. & Lil Flip) with the song, "Knockin Doorz Down".
Before he could continue to take his career to another level musically, he would be found dead in his hotel on December 4th, 2007. Pimp C's legacy will forever be cemented into Hip-Hop for his musical talents, his dedication to put the South on his back and his willingness to unite the Southern Hip Hop scene for the betterment of the culture.
We encourage you to check out this informative documentary chronicling Pimp C's rise to legend status and some of his music below!