The man born Chad Butler, aka J.R. Ewing, Jack Tripper, Mick Jagger, Tony Snow, Sweet (James) Jones and most famously Pimp C, was one-half of the monumental Southern rap duo Underground Kingz (UGK), who, alongside DJ Screw, Swisha House and Three 6 Mafia, revolutionized hip-hop in the '90s with their instantly recognizable meshing of hip-hop hi-hats and 808s with soul ballads, chopped and screwed down to a smooth, purple-stained tempo.
Hailing from Port Arthur, Texas, Butler's collaboration with Bun B, the other half of UGK, took them to the "toppermost of the poppermost," to borrow a phrase from The Beatles. The duo eventually rose to the peak of the hip-hop game, working alongside Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'") and fellow Southern hip-hop kings Three 6 Mafia (Sippin' on Some Syrup") and Outkast ("International Players Anthem"). Of course, UGK's records, disregarding the notable collaborations, are integral pieces of the larger hip-hop canon in their own right.
Recently, Mass Appeal magazine, in collaboration with Complex Media, released a documentary on the man who would be "Kang." Entitled, Long Live the Pimp, the 27-minute film follows Butler's life, from his youth and first offerings to the hip-hop game as a prolific producer and MC with an impeccable ear for hooks, beats and samples, to his last days – serving a sentence for violating his probation and the rumors that surround his supposed death from an overdose. The doc includes interviews with Nas, Bun B, Paul Wall, DJ Paul, Michael "5000" Watts, David Banner and more.
Although an abbreviated view of the man, artist and musical visionary, Long Live the Pimp offers some excellent insight into Chad Butler, his life, love and his work. View it below.
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