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Port Arthur, Texas, USA (1987 – 2007)

Chad Butler (December 29, 1973 - December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American hip hop artist and producer. He was one half of the influential hip hop group UGK.

Chad Lemon Butler was born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA. There he met his friend, who would later become Bun B and together they formed the Houston-based rap group UGK. They rapped ‘underground’, until the duo signed with Jive Records in 1987. Pimp worked hard on the first UGK project, The Southern Way, which was available in 1988 and on cassette only.

It wasn’t until 1992 that UGK really broke through into the hip hop/rap world. Jive Records signed them and they released Too Hard to Swallow. Pimp worked hard with Bun B for a while, until going on a hiatus in 1996, where the group would not work. In this time Pimp was aware that UGK’s fans were slowly slipping.

Pimp C contributed to several tracks, until UGK came back on top by guest starring in tracks, such as Big Pimpin’ and Sippin’ on Some Syrup. Pimp C and Bun B came back with Dirty Money in 2001, but the album failed both critically and financially.

As Dirty Money was going through problems, Pimp was faced with even more problems. Pimp C was incarcerated for an aggravated gun assault charge in 2002. People cheered the catch phrase “Free Pimp C”. During this time Bun B lived on the UGK name. Jive Records was forced to release a greatest hits for UGK and Bun B was forced to go solo, as Pimp C was locked up.[1]


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