Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Pimp C rap artist collection, 1987-2008 MS 651

source Garrett, Corey
source Butler, Chinara
creator Butler, Chad "Pimp C"
Title: Pimp C rap artist collection
Dates: 1987-2008
Abstract: The Pimp C rap artist collection includes several documents and promotional items including handwritten lyrics and contracts to promotional flats for his group Underground Kingz (UGK).
Identification: MS 651
Quantity: 3 Linear Feet2 boxes
Quantity: 0.869 Gigabytesvideo UGK concert performance footage and interview to be processed into nearline accessible aip
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Chad "Pimp C" Butler was a founding member of the rap group Underground Kingz (UGK) along with Bernard "Bun B" Freeman in 1987 in Port Arthur, Texas. They released their first album "Too Hard to Swallow" in 1991. In 2000, they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Big Pimpin" with Jay-Z. In 2002 Pimp C was arrested for violating his probation, stemming from an aggravated assault charge, and sentenced to eight years in prison. On December 30, 2005, Pimp C was released from prison and placed on parole. By July 11, 2006, he released his first solo album "Pimpalation." He reunited with Bun B and by 2007 released the first UGK album since his release from prison titled "Underground Kingz." Pimp C passed away in his hotel room on December 4, 2007. After his death Bun B released the final UGK album "UGK 4 Life," in which most of the recording was finished before Pimp C's death.

Content Description

The Pimp C rap artist collection contains several documents and other paraphenalia of the artist Chad "Pimp C" Butler. The documents include handwritten song lyrics on loose leaf paper and cardboard, papers from the Texas Department of Justice relating to his arrest for aggravated assault, a Grammy nomination, a copy of his obituary from his funeral, and a marketing plan by FM2 Radio and the joint venture deal with Universal Music Group. Also included in the collection are several forms of artwork featuring Pimp C and a 12-inch record (warped), with the songs Stop-N-Go and The Game Belongs to Me.


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This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

Index Terms

Rap (Music)
legal documents
digital moving image formats
Garrett, Corey
Butler, Chinara
Butler, Chad "Pimp C"

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Pimp C rap artist collection, 1987-2008, MS 651, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was donated by Chinara Butler and Corey Garrett, through the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Lyrics ca. 1987

Box Folder
1 1 Unfinished song lyrics (Tennessee Texas), Untitled handwritten fragment beginning "Everythang everythang when you know yo place"; Notebook of lyrics, Lyrics on cardboard ca. 1987
Scope and Contents
Series contains unfinished lyrics from Tennessee Texas on pieces of loose leaf paper, lyrics written on a piece of cardboard, and a wide-ruled notebook with several pages of lyrics written on them.

Series II: Contracts 2006

Box Folder
1 2 Marketing Plan by FM2 Radio & UGK Records Inc. with Universal Music Group joint venture deal 2006
Scope and Contents
Strategic marketing plan put forth by FM2 Radio including a contract from Provident Financial Management who handledthe financial planning and management of Chad Butler's career and estate. Also included is the joint venture deal betweenUGK Records Inc. and Universal Music Group.

Series III: Texas Department of Criminal Justice Papers 2006

Box Folder
1 3 Special Conditions and Temporary Travel Permits 2006
Scope and Contents
Forms from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice including: notice of special conditions (urinalysis monitoring) and temporary travel permits to Atlanta, GA; Jackson, MS; Nashville, TN.

Series IV: Obituaries 2007-2008

Box Folder
1 4 Chad "Pimp C" Butler Obituary 2007
Scope and Contents
Obituary from the funeral service of Chad "Pimp C" Butler held in Port Arthur, TX.
5 The Source Magazine (R.I.P. Pimp C cover) 2008
Scope and Contents
Copy of the February 2008 edition of The Source magazine. The magazine features Pimp C on the cover and features an article about the life of Pimp C.

Series V: Documents

Box Folder
1 6 Business Cards
Scope and Contents
Credit card style business cards for Pimp C, includes an email address and MySpace information.
7 Naked Soul of Sweet Jones Spreadsheet 2009
Scope and Contents
Spreadsheet of the song list from the album Naked Soul of Sweet Jones which was released posthumously by Pimp C on October 5, 2010.

Series VI: Artwork undated

Box Folder
1 8 Wooden artwork of Pimp C
2 Stencil drawing of Pimp C, framed
Scope and Contents
Framed stencil drawing of Pimp C

Series VII: Oversize and realia

Box Folder
2 1 Dirty Money Flats 2001
Scope and Contents
Promotional flats for Underground Kingz Dirty Money (x2)
2 Big Pimpin Grammy Nomination 2000
Scope and Contents
Grammy nomination certificate for Underground Kingz (UGK) for best rap performance by a duo or group for "Big Pimpin" (with Jay-Z) for the 2000 Grammy Awards.
3 Port Arthur Resolution 2007
Scope and Contents
Resolution signed by Mayor Deloris Prince of Port Arthur in 2007 after the death of Chad "Pimp C" Butler.
4 "Long Live the Pimp" dice (clear acrylic, with white ink)
- Underground Kingz 33rpm LP record (warped) 2006
Scope and Contents
12-inch record (warped) of Stop-N-Go and The Game Belongs To Me by Underground Kingz (UGK). The record was intended for promotional use only and has clean, dirty, and instrumental versions of both songs.
35 Underground Kingz pencil drawing, 48"x52"
Pimpalation flats (2), circa 2006

Series VII: Concert performances and interview 1996-2007

0.0564 Gigabytes
1996 interview of UGK in Baton Rouge and a concert in Houston TX 2007
Interview 0:00 to 4:45. good sound quality, seems to stop in mid interview and cut to concert.
concert 4:46 - 12:06. concert footage does not have sound
0.0278 Gigabytes
1999 performance of Big Pimpin - UGK and JayZ performing Big Pimpin at Los Magnificos Custom Car Show in Houston, TX. Video shows performers onstage, sound includes the crowd more than the performers. 3 minutes, 5 seconds in duration.