C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler
2016 by Marques Cunningham
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C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler/ by Marques E Cunningham.
in the United States of America
would like to dedicate this book to the Butler family including Mama
Wes (R.IP) and his kids: Chad, Christin, and Corey.
book is also dedicated to the ones who make my world go around…my
family. Valerie (Mom)…Germayne (Brother) Trina (Wife)
a special dedication to my kids:
Nathan, Sarai, Cameron, Chanterra, Treianna, Christyn, Jamezze, and
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
C: The Untold Story of Chad Butler
Marques the Writer
Chapter 1: The
Death of a Legend
Chapter 4: The
Other Half of UGK
Chapter 5: The
Decades of Musical Influence
Chapter 7: More
than Just a Musician
Chapter 8: No
Country Rap Tunes
Catalog of Hits
Chapter 12: UGK
Chapter 13: The
Legacy of Pimp C
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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”.
promised her that I would honor her request and will keep that
promise to her no matter how anyone else feel about it.
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
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.
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?”
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
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…”
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
1: The Death of a Legend
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
got a hotel room and his kids had one right next to his,” said Mama
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
whole city cried that day,” says DJ DMD.
you miss Pimp C, then find him through his music. Keep the legacy
Chad Butler December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007
2: Youthful Days
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
music still blazes the speakers in nightclubs and cars as if he were
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
were a very, very close family,” said Mama Wes.
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.