“You know how The Pimp be/That n*gga gon’ speak his mind…” — Young Jeezy
If the old adage proves true, “time flies when you’re having fun,” time also speeds by when reminiscing on the loss of a loved one. As crazy as it sounds, next month will mark four years since the death of Chad Butler. Hip-Hop has moved forward, but never forgotten about Pimp C, whose sheer presence helped define not only classic songs and albums, but an entire region and era. Like others before him, an endearing quality to The Pimp’s legacy was his interview presence.
He was funny when he needed to be. Other times he was ignorant, loud and venomous. And then on various occasions, he was insightful, diplomatic, reflective and the man who strived to be the change he hoped to see in his community. Like Tupac before him, a collection of Pimp C interviews showcasing all the sides of Chad will be on full display. Don’t get it twisted however. This isn’t to mourn that Sweet Jones is gone; consider this more of a celebration of what we were all blessed with for two full decades.
You should already know what it is by now. UGK for life.
Notable Quotable: “As much business as we giving this Rolls Royce lot and this Cadillac lot and the BMW lot, what is you mad about? We all living behind big gates, big ol’ houses, having big jewels and getting paid to party. We get paid to party! What is y’all mad about, man?”
Pimp promoted unity for the most part, especially below the Mason-Dixon line where he helped craft his identity. Upon leaving prison, there was rising sense of animosity circulating amongst the South (headlined by the T.I./Flip beef). Knowing this, Pimp C wanted to dead it all. He saw where the money was and it damn sure wasn’t with taking shots against one another on wax.
Like he proposed here – and then on “Knockin’ Doors Down” – if it was really that serious, put on some boxing gloves and he’d have some cranberry juice and watch them handle their differences in the ring. He was right though. Rappers get paid to party? Unless someone really disrespected your family and/or threatened your life, “what is y’all mad about man?”
Sidenote: Everything said about the “yes man” epidemic and the importance of family was the gospel.