UGK's Pimp C To Be Released From Prison Within A Month

MC has been in Texas prison since 2002.

Pimp C, one half of the influential Houston rap duo UGK (a.ka. Underground Kingz), has been behind bars at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Terrell Unit since 2002, serving an eight-year sentence on an aggravated assault charge. But on Monday, Bun B's partner in rhyme got some good news: He'll be free within a month.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced that Pimp C (real name: Chad Butler) will be paroled sometime in the next 30 days, about four years shy of his expected release date, according to The Associated Press.

Pimp C was incarcerated after falling behind on his community-service obligations, imposed after he'd pleaded no contest to the aggravated-assault charge, which stemmed from an incident in which he brandished a gun during an argument with a woman at a mall. His legal travails forced UGK to take an indefinite hiatus.

The rapper's jail stint didn't stop the March release of Sweet James Jones Stories, an album's worth of solo material culled from freestyle raps he'd recorded years ago; that disc debuted at #50 on Billboard's albums chart. C is also featured on "Get Throwed" from Bun B's solo disc Trill, which hit stores in October and debuted at #6.

For a feature on UGK (including an in-prison interview with Pimp C), see "Underground Kingz In Exile."

For a feature on Houston's booming hip-hop scene, check out "Why Houston?"

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