Better known by his stage name Pimp C, Chad Butler (December 29, 1973 December 4, 2007) was an American Southern rapper better known as one-half of the hip hop group UGK.
UGK, which also includes Bun B, is a successful rap group from the Southern U.S. especially during the early to mid 1990's and also made prominent guest appearances on hit singles by Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'", 2000) and Three 6 Mafia ("Sippin' On Some Sizzurp", 2000) and was to work with Celly Cel, C-Bo, Spice 1 and Devin the Dude on a couple of projects. He was the co-owner of Trill Entertainment along with bandmate Bun B.
Pimp C stated that he would be releasing an album alongside rapper Too $hort, during his appearance on the show "Sucker Free on MTV." Rolling Stone named "I'm Free" (Pimpalation) as #80 on its list of 100 best songs of 2006.
On August 15, 2006, Pimp C appeared on BET's "Rap City". He was interviewed and gave his thoughts on multiple topics, including his current album, Pimpalation, and beefs in the music industry. He also stressed that rappers need to unionize in order to keep from being used by record companies, a point he has stressed in previous interviews. Pimp C also stepped into the booth during the show and did an off the head freestyle to Bun B's track "Draped Up". He stated that it was the first freestyle he had done since being released from prison.
In 2007, Pimp C released a DVD along with Pimpin Ken called "The Best of Both Worlds".
Pimp C was sentenced to eight years in prison on January 28, 2002 for failing to complete a community service requirement stemming from an aggravated assault charge. He released his debut solo album, The Sweet James Jones Stories, in March 2005 through Rap-A-Lot Records. Bun B and Rap-a-Lot records had waged a 'Free Pimp C' movement, spread through music, Free Pimp C t-shirts and caps.
He was released on Friday, December 30, 2005 from the Terrell Prison Unit in Rosharon, Texas after serving about half of his eight-year sentence. He was to be on parole until December of 2009.
Pimp C was treated for minor injuries on April 18, 2006, after he was involved in a car accident while leaving the video shoot for his single "Pourin' Up". A Port Arthur Police officer that was escorting the rappers responded to gunfire and pursued the shooters. As the suspects fled through local neighborhoods on a flat tire, they crossed over Gulf Way Drive, ran a red light and struck Butler's Bentley at high speed. He was treated for minor injuries and released. A Rap-A-Lot security guard also spent time in the hospital before making a full recovery.
Pimp C, 33, was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room on December 4. While the cause of Pimp C's death is still unknown,close sources believe fellow rapper Too $hort had given the rap artist a high dosage of prescription medicine therefore being the cause of death. Too $hort has not commented on the allegations. Pimp C leaves behind a wife and three children as well as his mother and father. He is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur.
Pimp C's funeral was held at 11 a.m. at the Robert A. Bowers Civic Center in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas.
Posthumously, two days after the sudden death of Chad "Pimp C" Butler, the rapper received a nomination for the Grammy Awards 2008. << Less Bio