(Bun B at Pimp C's 2007 funeral)
Chad “Pimp C” Butler was one half of the popular southern rap duo UGK. News of his untimely death rippled through the hip-hop community four years ago today (December 4) just four months after Butler and his UGK partner Bernard “Bun B” Freeman had released their fifth, self-titled album Underground Kingz. The album was Pimp C’s first record with Bun B after serving a lengthy prison sentence. The Texas-born rapper was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room after suffering from an accidental overdose on promethazine and codeine, which heightened his sleep apnea. Still reeling from the loss, Bun B and a host of UGK’s rap peers took to Twitter today to remember Pimp C with adoring tweets, some using the hashtag #RIPPIMPC in their posts.
“Today is the day I lost my brother. Thank God for my family and #TeamTrill I couldnt make it without you. #RIPPIMPC. God bless my brother's family today. It will not be the easiest of days for them. Strength through prayer. #RIPPIMPC, Bun B tweeted earlier today.
Rick Ross tweeted simply, “r.i.p. pimp c. #ugk4life” while close friend and mentee Webbie added, “Today and always lets remember my ni--- Sweet James Jones - Holdin' it down for Pimp C.”
(Swizz Beatz on Pimp C)
Fellow Houston rhyme vet Z-Ro memorialized the Pimp, saying, “R.I.P Uncle Chad(Pimp C). He taught me more in the short time I knew him than ni---- I be knowin all my life. I miss my dog#chuuuuuuuuuuuch!”
DJ Clark Kent offered, “RIP Pimp C.. And, to my Brother@BunBTrillOG, Remain strong. Keep holding the UGK torch.. HIGH!”
Producer Mannie Fresh added, “#RIPPimpC Haven't Forgot you big Bro!!!!!!” while Maybach Music Group signee Pill tweeted, “I got a pocket full of stones!!! One of my favorite songs. #UGK4Life #RIPPIMPC.”
Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Noreaga, Chamiilionaire, Too Short, Busta Rhymes and other rap luminaries all joined in tweeting fondly in the memory of Pimp C.
Rest In Peace to Chad “Pimp C” Butler.