As we approach the ninth anniversary of Pimp C's death later this year, the rapper's legacy hasn't diminished: His longtime UGK partner-in-rhyme, Bun B, continues to be a force in rap, acting as one of hip-hop's beloved and respected elder statesman, and carrying on Pimp's name in the process; meanwhile, his influence on a new generation of artists is sprawling, from Big K.R.I.T.'s countrified rap and production duality to A$AP Rocky's lyrical shoutouts to Drake's use of his vocals just last week on the leaked "Faithful."
That trickle-down impact makes understanding and celebrating Pimp's history and music all the more important. The new documentary from Complex and Mass Appeal, Long Live the Pimp, does just that.
Thanks to interviews with Bun, Nas, Pimp's wife, Chinara Butler, Paul Wall, Michael "5000" Watts, DJ Paul, David Banner and plenty more, the piece delves into the life of the late Port Arthur-raised MC, including his youth, UGK's early days, working with Jay Z on "Big Pimpin" and his hesitation to do so, his time in prison, his role in squashing beefs between Texas artists, his death, and the legacy he's left.