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Pimp C rap artist collection

Identifier: MS 0651
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

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.


  • 1987 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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.

See online video clip "Pimp C: Real Legends Live On" at "In this mini doc shot in 2017 for Pimp C's posthumous induction into the CERCL Hip Hop Archival Collection at the Woodson Research Center in Rice University's Fondren Library, some of hip hop's royalty speak on the influence Chad Lamont 'Pimp C' Butler had on them and the hip hop culture."


3 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

0.869 Gigabytes (video concert performance footage and interview, nearline MS0651aip_001)

5.25 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0651aip_002 (5.25 GB))

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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).

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.

Related Materials

Please see the dissertation by Charles Clark III "The Birth of Country Rap Tunes" ML3531.C62 2019. To see his accompanying presentation, you can request access to digital object MS0651aip_002.
Guide to the Pimp C rap artist collection, 1987-2008
Trevor McNally
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA