Pimp C – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican musician
A.K.A.Chad Lamont Butler, Chad Butler
Was Musician 
Record producer 
From United States of America 
Type Business 
Birth 29 December 1973, Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, U.S.A.
Death 4 December 2007, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
(aged 33 years)

Chad Lamont Butler (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper and record 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. 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, 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.

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. His arrest was widely protested by the hip hop community, who along with Bun B, immediately initiated a grassroots “Free Pimp C” campaign. 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.

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. On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and placed on parole until December 2007.

On July 11, 2006, Pimp C released his debut solo album, Pimpalation.

Death and tributes

Pimp C was found dead in a hotel in West Hollywood, California, on December 4, 2007. His death was attributed in part “to promethazine/codeine effects” in conjunction with preexisting sleep apnea. 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.

The funeral was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas on December 13, 2007. Port Arthur Mayor Deloris Prince, Pimp C’s mother Weslyn Monroe, and Bun B were among the speakers at the service. Attendees included many fellow luminaries of the Houston rap scene: Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Willie D, Lil Flip, and Webbie.

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. 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. 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.



Studio albums

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
U.S.U.S. R&BU.S. Rap
2005 The Sweet James Jones Stories

  • Released: March 2, 2005
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum/Atlantic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
2006 Pimpalation

  • Released: July 11, 2006
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Asylum/Atlantic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
  • RIAA: Gold
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
2011 Still Pimping

  • Released: July 12, 2011
  • Label: Rap-A-Lot/Universal Motown
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
2015 Long Live the Pimp

  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Label: Mass Appeal
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
“Is A Playa”
(featuring Bun B, Twista, and Z-Ro)
2005105Sweet James Jones Stories
“I’m Free”200612Pimpalation
“Pourin’ Up”
(featuring Mike Jones and Bun B)
“Knockin’ Doorz Down”
(featuring P.O.P. and Lil’ Keke)
“3 Way Freak”
(featuring Lil Wayne)
2015Long Live the Pimp

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
“I Miss My Homies”
(Master P featuring Silkk the Shocker and Pimp C)
199725162Ghetto D
“Ghetto Life”
(Master P featuring Bun B and Pimp C)
1998Da Last Don
“Get Throwed”
(Bun B featuring Jay-Z, Pimp C, Z-Ro, and Young Jeezy)
(Trae featuring Pimp C, Fat Pat and Big Hawk)
“Love Song”
(Missez featuring Pimp C)
53non-album single
“D-Girl (DopeGirl)”
(Brooke Valentine featuring Pimp C)
92non-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
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
(Drake featuring Pimp C and dvsn)

Guest appearances

“Havin’ Thangs”1994Big MikeSomethin’ Serious
“I’m Satisfied”1995Kottonmouth100% Kottonmouth
“Release Me “Kilo GThe Bloody City
“Rule #1”1997MC BreedFlatline
“Candy (The Percy Mack Mix)”DJ DMDEleven
“Blind And Can’t See”ShoThe Return
“Mob Or Die”X-MobPaper Chasing
“Good Times”
“Creepin”CC WaterboundCritical Condition
“All About It”1998Too ShortNationwide: Independence Day
“The Trill Connection”DJ DMD, Lee MastaTwenty-Two: P.A. World Wide
“20 Inches & 4 Nickels”Baby DrewThe Hand That Rocks the Cradle
“Feel My Choppa”Mafioso ClickFeel My Choppa
“Get Crunk”1999Crooked LettazGrey Skies
“Mrs. Good Pussy”Lil SinUndaconstruction
“Top Notch Hoes”3re Tha HardawayWho Got Yo Back
“Mr. Playa Hata”2000Big Boom, Big MoePaperchase 2000
“Cop Yo Drop”Lil Derrick aka BulletproofSmoked Outt Records: Done Did It
“No Cheese”Mafia StyleUnpredictable, Vol. 1
“Thug Thang Y2G”Spice 1, Black CThe Last Dance
“Doin The Fool”E-40, Too Short, Pastor Troy, Al KaponeLoyalty and Betrayal
“Freaky Deaky”Willie D, Nay NayLoved by Few, Hated by Many
“The Trill Connection II (Breakin Ni**az Off)”2001DJ DMDThirty-Three: Live From Hiroshima
“4’s Recline Top”Big Moe, Dirty $, D-GottiDa Wreckshop Family: Ack’n A Azz
“Texas Boys”Kiotti, Mr. 3-2Jag in The Jungle
“Pay My Bitch”MDDL FNGZLive! From Da Manjah
“Down South Nigga Fa Life”The CongregationGhetto Raised
“You Ain’t Gonna Be Down”Silky SlimOle Superstar
“Quit Hatin’ Pt. 2”2002Too $hort, Lil Jon & The East Side BoyzWhat’s My Favorite Word?
“Cash”Big Moe, D-WreckPurple World
“Slow Down”Vicious, Corey Mac AKA Corey MoI Ball Like Kobe
“Bitch N*gga”E600Texas Boys Soundtrack
“Like a Pimp (Remix)”2003Three 6 Mafia, Project PatDa Unbreakables
“Time To Ball”SambowHeavy Hitta
“Diamonds On”2004Boss PimpsPimpin’ Off Top
“Get Throwed”2005Bun B, Z-Ro, Young Jeezy, Jay-ZTrill
“I’m ‘n Luv (wit a Stripper) (Remix)”2006T-Pain, Twista, Paul Wall R. Kelly, MJG, Too $hortRappa Ternt Sanga
“Make It Home”Young Buck, 615Welcome To The Traphouse
“Cause I’m A Playa”Project PatCrook by da Book: The Fed Story
“White Gurl”E-40, Juelz Santana, Bun BMy Ghetto Report Card
“4 Corner”Bow Wow, Lil Scrappy, Lil Wayne, Short DawgThe Price of Fame
“Money Maker”Too $hort, Rick RossBlow the Whistle
“Love Song”Misseznone
“Do Your Time”Ludacris, Beanie Sigel, C-MurderRelease Therapy
“Fuck You”Lil Boosie, WebbieBad Azz
“Gettin’ Some (Remix)”Shawnna, Rick Ross, Busta RhymesWorth Tha Weight, Part 2: The Mixtape
“Holla At Botany”C-Note,Network’N
“Dat Good”Mr. Marcelo, Prince BugsySon of Magnolia
“Whatchu Gonna Do”20078Ball & MJGRidin High
“Go 2 War”Crime Mob, Lil’ ScrappyHated On Mostly
“Talkin’ Smart”Project PatWalkin’ Bank Roll
“4 Kings”Young Buck, Young Jeezy, T.I.Buck the World
“Murder’ra”Z-Ro, Spice 1, ViciousKing of tha Ghetto: Power
“I Got”Three 6 Mafia, Project PatLast 2 Walk
“Hood”Ali & Gipp, NellyKinfolk
“Cut it Out”Nelly, Sean Pnone
“Welcome to the South”ChamillionaireUltimate Victory
“Stack Money”G KampAgainst All Odds
“Knuckle Up”Ice Water, Raekwon, HandsPolluted Water
“I Know Why”Gucci Mane, Rich Boy, Blaze-1Back to the Trap House
“Underground Thang”2008Bun B, ChamillionaireII Trill
“Fly As An Eagle”Webbie, FoxxSavage Life 2
“Suicide Doors”David Banner, KandiThe Greatest Story Ever Told
“Top Notch”Z-RoCrack
“Leanin'”2009Slim Thug, Bun BBoss of All Bosses
“Welcome 2 Houston”Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Bun B, Paul Wall, Yung Redd, Lil’ Keke, Z-Ro, Mike D, Big Pokey, Rob G, Trae, Lil’ O
“Right Now”2010Bun B, 2Pac, Trey SongzTrill OG
“Swerve 2”Lil Boosie, WebbieGolden Child V
“Pimp”2012T.I., Too ShortFuck da City Up
“Gossip”Big Boi, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T.Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
“Worldwide (OG Remix)”2013EDIDON, Makaveli, 8Ball & LloydO.G. Est. 1992
“Show Out (Remix)”Juicy J, T.I.none
“Smokin’ Rollin'”Juicy JStay Trippy
“Cake”Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Lil BoosieTrill OG: The Epilogue
“Don’t Play With Me”Bun B
“Word On The Town”2014Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J 28 Grams & Blacc Hollywood
“Wavybone”2015A$AP Rocky, Juicy J, Bun BAt.Long.Last.A$AP
“Faithful”2016Drake, dvsnViews

Music videos

2006“Pourin’ Up”Mr. Boomtown
2007“Knockin’ Doorz Down”Benny Matthews