Today In Hip hop History: December 29th, 1973
Today in Hip hop history marks the 45th birthday of Chad “Pimp C” Butler, a rapper/producer most known for collaborating with rap veteran Bun B and a founding member of Underground Kingz, or simply UGK. The duo formed in 1987 in Port Arthur, Texas and signed to Jive Records four years later. They released their major label debut, Too Hard to Swallow, in 1992, despite controversy of their extremely explicit content.
Their second album, Super Tight, was their first project to place on the U.S. Billboard 200, earning them well-deserved attention from the hip hop scene. Additionally, outside features such as Jay Z‘s “Big Pimpin'” and Three 6 Mafia‘s “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” further propelled the duo into a mainstream audience.
Unfortunately, in 2002, Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison from violating his parole, which put the group on a temporary hiatus. His incarceration prompted several “Free Pimp C” movements throughout hip hop, with Bun B and others creating a grassroots movement to get the artist out. In 2005, Pimp C was released and placed on parole until December 2007.
Pimp C released his debut solo album, Pimpalation, through Rap-A-Lot Records in 2006. The album peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and #1 on the U.S. Rap Chart. The album was his only triue solo project to come out during his lifetime.
Unfortunately, on December 4, 2007, Pimp C was found dead in a hotel in West Hollywood. The rapper passed away due to an overdose of “lean,” or codeine syrup. His death shocked the hip hop world; the 33 year old was gone way too soon. Several artists including OutKast, Rick Ross, David Banner, 8Ball and MJG, Mike Jones and many more have paid tribute to the late rapper within their songs.
Pimp C helped put the Dirty South on the map with his work with Bun B, and will forever be remembered for that. Happy would be 42nd birthday and Rest in Peace Pimp C (1973-2007).