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Pimp C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler

Marques the Writer

MC Publishing Group

Copyright 2016 by Marques Cunningham

All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the Publisher, MC Publishing Group at avidwriter2@gmail.com

Cunningham, Marques E

Pimp C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler/ by Marques E Cunningham.

ISBN 978-1-365-33670-6

  1. Biography

Printed in the United States of America

I would like to dedicate this book to the Butler family including Mama Wes (R.IP) and his kids: Chad, Christin, and Corey.

This book is also dedicated to the ones who make my world go around…my family.   Valerie (Mom)…Germayne (Brother) Trina (Wife)

And a special dedication to my kids:

Myles, Nathan, Sarai, Cameron, Chanterra, Treianna, Christyn, Jamezze, and Jeraun.

Also, a dedication to my business partners Omar Tyree and Sheladon Hawkins for the help and encouragement needed to bring forth a project of this caliber.  Most only see the pages but they don’t know the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into authoring a book, day in and day out.


 Pimp C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler

Table of Contents


Preface by Marques the Writer

Chapter 1:  The Death of a Legend

Chapter 2:  Youthful Days

Chapter 3: Early Days

Chapter 4: The Other Half of UGK

Chapter 5: The Dream

Chapter 6: Decades of Musical Influence

Chapter 7: More than Just a Musician

Chapter 8: No Filter

Chapter 9: Country Rap Tunes

Chapter 10:  Catalog of Hits

Chapter 11: Incarceration

Chapter 12: UGK Records

Chapter 13: The Legacy of Pimp C



I grew up listening to rap music and was always a diehard fan of it.  When I first started listening to music it was from East Coast artists such as: Run DMC, Jam Master J, and Kool Moe Dee.  Around the time that I reached elementary, my music taste began to change.  What influenced this change was when I first heard of this group known as UGK.

UGK had very distinct country lyrics over melodic beats-their sound was definitely different.  As a true fan, I followed them throughout the years anxiously awaiting for their next song or album.  I didn’t realize way back then that I would be authoring a book on one of the members of my favorite group and wouldn’t have even been able to grasp it, if it was told to me.

My heart was very sad when I discovered that Pimp C had died.  I related to his music so much and for so long that it felt like I knew him personally.  The news of his demise hit me just as much as it did when I received the word about 2pac.  I felt like the Hip-Hop community lost a legend, a leader, and a man of innovation.  I also felt real sad in my heart for the family members that he left behind.  I know how it feels to lose your father, so I was very sad for Chad Jr, Christin, and Corey.  I was also very sad for Mama Wes, knowing that it have to be hard to not only lose your child but your ONLY child.

In 2013, I started writing for the Tucson, AZ-based hip-hop publication, Street Monstaz Magazine.  I had the honor of interviewing many mainstream artists throughout my stint with them.  Though I’ve been a writer for many years, authoring over 300 articles and over 100 interviews one day things changed.  The publisher of Street Monstaz magazine asked me if I would be interested in completing a phone interview with Pimp C’s mom, Mama Wes so that I could write a feature article.  

The interview was outstanding and I learned a lot of info in the 58 minutes that I spent talking to her and Pimp C’s youngest son, Corey.  I spoke with Mama Wes for another few minutes following the interview.  She told me something that I will always remember, that always stuck with me, and what influenced me to even want to write this book.  I could care less about the money or the fame.  The main reason that I wrote this book and will promote it hard until my dying day is because of these words that she left me.

“Baaaaby.  Never let anyone forget my son, never let them forget his legacy and all that he worked for.  As long as you are living, make sure that they remember my son”.  

I promised her that I would honor her request and will keep that promise to her no matter how anyone else feel about it.

Another inspiration that pushed me to complete this book was a vision that I had that came in the form of a dream, that I truly feel was inspired by God.  Periodically, I’ve received visions on varying aspects of life and these type of dreams are way more vivid than a regular dream.

In this vision I was taking the city bus in Phoenix, AZ traveling southbound on 51st ave.  I was seated in the very last row in the midst a very empty bus.  As we approached Camelback rd, I saw Bun B and Pimp C get on the bus.  Pimp C had on an all-white T shirt, with creased down white pants, and white shoes.  Bun B had on a black shirt, denim pants and black shoes.

The first thought that entered my head was, “Hold up...Pimp C died several years ago.  Another thought was, “Why am I on the city bus and why are these legends getting on as well”.  One of my final thoughts were, “Out of all of these seats that are on the bus, why are they coming to sit next to me?”

When UGK was seated, Pimp C was the closest to me and Bun B was to the immediate right of him.  Bun never spoke one word during the vision, he just looked at me with a very intense stare.  Pimp C told me, “No matter who don’t like what you are doing with this book or who don’t like me, make sure that you finish it and promote it as hard as possible.  Make sure the whole world remembers me.”  

After that quick statement was made, they got up and walked off of the bus.  He was very straight to the point and then he was done talking.  That vision reinforced what Mama Wes spoke to me before her demise when she said, “Baaaby, never let them forget my son…”  

So not only am I a lifelong UGK fan but also I felt a sense of entitlement to not only author this book but to preserve his legacy in every possible way.  Other than this book, one thing that I’ve done to help preserve his legacy was by authoring a featured article on him that appeared in the July 2013 edition of Street Monstaz Magazine.

Chapter 1: The Death of a Legend

“I remember us going to L.A with dad...it was like one minute he was here and then the next he was gone.”  -Corey Butler


                              Final Hours

Pimp C spent the final hours of his life doing what loved to do which was making music.  He stopped by Snoop Dogg’s studio on December 3, 2007 at roughly 10pm.  Pimp C always admired the work of the West Coast legend and figured that his upcoming album would be the perfect time for him to lace a feature.

“I was sitting at the studio, just about to pull up a session…I heard the door open so I turned around.  When I looked it was Chad.  I was like ‘hell yea, Pimp C in here this is bout to be dope,’” said Mike Storm (Former engineer for Doggy Style Records).

Pimp C and two of his associates came in and was ready to complete the work.  However, they did stop to converse with Snoop prior to recording.

“I was already on Protools, Dogg told me to pull some beats up.  While the beats were playing I started rolling some trees up.  I was always known around there for rolling the biggest blunts.  That night I took a whole box of cigars and put all five of them together and rolled a super fat blunt,” said Mike Storm.

Snoop and Mike had been recording for a good majority of the day and at that particular moment, Mike was exhausted yet excited at the same time.  When it was time for Snoop and Pimp C to start writing to the first beat, he saw that as a moment to get a little bit of rest, so that he could be recharged.

“Working with Snoop Dogg, you never really know when you are going to get to sleep because he don’t really sleep and is almost always working.  So, you have to kind of take a nap here and there whenever you can,” he added.

It was roughly around midnight, when the two legends had finished writing the verse to their first song.  After they completed it, Pimp C walked into the room where Mike was taking his nap.  He shook him and said ‘hey maan, time to get up…let’s make some records, time to get up maan so that we can work on another one,’ “said Pimp C.

Pimp C completed several songs with Snoop Dogg that night so that he would have a variety to choose from for his upcoming album that was set to be released by Rap-A-Lot Records.  When they finally wrapped up everything it was around 3 or 4 am and everyone was tired and ready to call it a night.

“After the recording session was over, I went ahead and crashed out again for a couple hours.  When I woke up early that morning around 6 am I turned on the news and that’s when I found out that Pimp C was dead,” said Mike Storm.

December 4, 2007 is a day that greatly impacted Hip-Hop fans worldwide as well as his family who loved him tremendously.  It was the day that Pimp C died.  A day that some may never get over.  

He was in town for business when he went to LA.  He was in the process of recording a new album for Rap-A-Lot Records and had a few different collaborations that he needed to complete.  The main person that he was working with was DJ Paul of 3-6 Mafia.  He also had several meetings lined up to secure future in endeavors. Away from the business, he had plans of attending the BET Awards. On this particular trip, he brought his kids with him.

“Chad got a hotel room and his kids had one right next to his,” said Mama Wes.

It was reported by a California Coroner's office that Syrup was found half empty in his hotel room at the time of death.  It was ruled that Codeine, Promethazine, plus sleep apnea caused his death.

"Every patient that we see is warned that sedative hypnotics, cough medicines, sleeping pills, all of this kind of stuff you have to be very careful with and they shouldn't take them without first checking with a doctor," said Max Hirshkowitz, (Director of the Sleep Disorders Research Center of the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Houston).

According to his manager, Rick Martin when he entered the room, Pimp C was laying down like he was praying but there was blood all around him like he got shot.  It appeared that he was shot in the head.  They believe that he was probably dead for quite a while before he was found.  He would usually light real long candles before going to sleep and those candles were completely burned.

A part of Mama Wes died also knowing that her son had died. The bond that they grew and the love that she had for only son is one that could never be adequately expressed through words. Through this terrible tragedy, she was very thankful for the support that was shown while she grieved- by family, friends, and other entertainers.

“I always thought that I would bury my son, I never imagined in a million years having to be stuck with the burden of burying my son,” said Mama Wes



Quotes from Others

“If I knew Pimp was gonna die...I would’ve told him I’m gonna keep going and gonna ride till the the motor falls off,” said Webbie.

"He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person, he will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing Southern rap to the forefront. He will be missed and our prayers remain with his family,” Barry Weiss Jive president/CEO

“When you lose someone like Pimp C you lose a cultural bulletproof vest.  You lose somebody that was actually willing to stand up and take the bullet for a culture,” said Bun B.

“The whole city cried that day,” says DJ DMD.

“If you miss Pimp C, then find him through his music. Keep the legacy alive!”


RIP Chad Butler December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007

33 Years Prior

Chapter 2:  Youthful Days


Port Arthur, TX

Chad Lamont Butler known to most as Pimp C is a Hip-Hop icon, legend, and one half of the Platinum Selling group, UGK.  Though it’s been eight years since his tragic demise, his music continues to influence a wide range of artists and is heavily missed by Hip-Hop fans worldwide.

His music still blazes the speakers in nightclubs and cars as if he were still here.

Having an understanding of where a person was raised is very important in learning a person's life story.  Chad, was raised outside of the Houston area in the small town of Port Arthur, Texas (commonly referred to as P.A.T).  The name was coined after Arthur E. Stillwell and is known for oil refinery.  This small industrial town have a population of approximately 60k (which is a huge jump from its meager 1k in 1900).  

Many of the residents in this town travel to Houston for shopping and entertainment purposes.  Stillwell envisioned this town being a resort and a pivotal railroad area that would link to Kansas City.

Though Port Arthur is heavily known for refinery there is a lot more to this area.  It is also known for breeding an array of celebrities including: Xavier Hernandez (Sunday Night Baseball), Ken Webster (Award-Winning Actor), Kaylon Hunt (Actor), and Janis Joplin to name a few.  Most of the entertainers from this area found that it was extremely difficult to develop a viable platform in such a small town, so eventually moved to other areas to enhance their exposure and networking ability.  

Even though most of the big names from the town relocated to a different city to enjoy their success, things were a bit different for Pimp C. He did relocate to Atlanta from 1996-2000 but for the most part, he remained in Port Arthur.

“He could’ve lived anywhere in the world that he wanted, but his love for PA was so strong that he couldn’t bear to be gone for long,” said Mama Wes.

                                     His Parents

Chad was born to Weslyn Monroe also known as Mama Wes and Charleston Butler on December 29, 1973.  He was named after the actor, Chad Everetton (from the CBS TV series, Medical Center which was a popular TV drama that aired between 1969 and 1976).

Mama Wes was a very loving school teacher for 25 years and later became his road manager.  Like most mothers, she had a burning desire to make sure that her song succeeded in every area of life.  She always instilled in him wisdom, respect, and the true values of life.  He was raised in a family that was full of love and support.  

“We were a very, very close family,” said Mama Wes.

Chad was always a real easy person to get along with and had a very colorful personality.  In many ways he was far different from the other kids.

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