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"An extraordinary and complete work ... [Pimp C was] the most important and influential musician in Southern rap history." - Music journalist Matt Sonzala

"A work of intense reporting and deep love by Julia Beverly, the founder and often one-woman engine behind Ozone magazine ... it's a virtual ticktock of Pimp C's life, covering his school choir days; his early years as a producer; UGK's success; his drug use; his many squabbles; his criminal history; his family life; the comeback that never quite came; and the legal troubles that dogged his estate after his death, from a combination of prescription cough syrup intoxication and sleep apnea. It also ends up being a document of the last innocent days of Houston rap, before eyes and hands were fixed on it." - The New York Times

"Fascinating, well-researched biography of a brilliant, troubled, flawed, talented, compassionate individual who changed the world despite all that stood in his path ... [SWEET JONES] shattered every single assumption I would make about rappers - the book humanizes him and his family and friends, and exposes his genius and his flaws ... an incredible story - hilarious, difficult, tragic, and frustrating throughout." - Professor Andrew Cencini

"One of the most entertaining and informative rap books that I've ever read ... I gained a whole new level of respect and understanding of [UGK] through the book. [It] took me into that world, into Short Texas, into Bun B's mind, into Pimp C's life ... It's almost like an action movie ... an astounding piece of work ... I only hope it gets all of the praise and exposure it deserves and inspires a spate of deeply researched books in the genre." - Music journalist Kris Ex

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"[Pimp C] was brilliant, but he was mad; he was a little nutty. He was a madman, and he really didn't give a shit. That's what was so endearing and refreshing about him, and what made him such a special person ... [He] had a rough exterior but underneath it all he had a big heart and was really just a good person who was - as many artists are - just frustrated, [trying] to get his voice heard." - Barry Weiss, former CEO of Jive Records

"I wouldn't be here without [UGK] ... All it takes is one person to do something and make everybody else feel that they can do it too. And they was one of the first to do it." - Lil Wayne

"[UGK] gave birth to Southern rap. UGK made it cool to be country." - Scarface

"Pimp C helped lay the foundation that we stand on where Southern Hip-Hop music is concerned." - J. Prince, CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records, Raw Report DVD

"I grew up on 'em. If it wasn't for UGK, Ludacris probably wouldn't even be here." - Ludacris, The Final Chapter DVD

"[Pimp C] was a revolutionary. He was an undercover agent of God. [To] change people's lives, you gotta be able to get into spots where people need the most help." - Kool Ace

"Pimp was larger than life. I honestly thought he would live forever." - Nancy Byron, Pimp C's publicist, The Source Magazine

"The [posthumous] music doesn't really matter to me. I'd give it all back if I could have my friend back." - Bun B, Houston Chronicle

"As we keep a lighter up for the Pimp, it's only right that we remember him not just for his often-under-rated musical contribution but also for his indomitable, smack-talking spirit." - The FADER
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 726 pages
  • Publisher: Shreveport Ave Inc; 1st edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692461272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692461273
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Listen, I grew up on UGK. I thought I knew it all. I was on the web in 95, and becuase of this, I figured I knew just aboyut everything there was to know about not only UGK, but Pimp C and the southern rap phenomenon. I was totally wrong.

This book is absolutely amazing. In more of a documentary writing style: Ms. Beverly uses the troves and troves of interviews, video clips, song samples, lyrics, and media reports to characterize the entire life of Chad Butler (Pimp C). Although a lot of the stuff in the book, I was definitely familiar with; I was only aware of it completely out of context. I believe the purpose of this book is to provide the context for the life that was Chad Butler, and give the public a chance to see the man behind the Pimp. If so, this book does an absolutely stellar job of doing just that.

It should be worth noting that the book comes without the cooperation of The Estate of Chad Butler, nor his wife. However, his mother (who passed away in 2011), Bun B, and plenty of other Southern Hiphop figureheads gladly provided content for the book, and it's hard to say it would have been "better" even with Chinar'a support.

The life, story, and elements of this book could easily be the backend of an absolutely amazing film one day. I'm not holding my breath, although I think it would be an EXCELLENT book to base a movie on as well, the fact that UGK and Pimp C is still a very niche` talent to most, and also the fact we still don't even have a Tupac movie, or hell even a Geto Boys movie, leaves me with little hope. However, the fact that book is so well written, and EXTENSIVELY documented and presented, I'm hopeful there is a film at some point as well.

The last thing I'd say is that it is LONG.
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Honestly have never read a book about a rapper this thorough. I knew that Julia Beverly would do a good job with this, but honestly I have no idea how she dug up so much information and went so deep. This truly is the story of Pimp C's life. 700+ pages, rife with incredible photos from what I assume to be his mothers archives.

Begins with his childhood in Port Arthur and then just takes you on the wild ride that was his life. I thought I knew a lot about UGK (I know Bun pretty well and knew Pimp alright) but there is so much information in here. So many personal stories and recollections and it's all put together in a very coherent manner.

The stories from his time in prison reveal a lot of things I'm pretty sure no one knew about, and the post death stories, speculations and memories made me super emo. But I'm already super emo. Real talk this is a very complete work and something every fan of the man who basically invented southern rap music should read.
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WOW! This book is definitely a must read for any UGK fan or hip hop fan in general. I couldn't put the book down. I finished in just over a week and would have been done earlier if I didn't have other things to do. This book was so well written you feel like you know every person personally. When I first got the book I was slightly overwhelmed that it was more than 700 pages, but it was not boring at all and didn't feel like it was that long. Honestly I felt like I could have read more. I'm so thankful that Julia Beverly wrote this book because it was definitely needed. I recommend that any and everyone read it. I've been a UGK fan since I was around 13 and I'm now 27 and I now feel like I REALLY KNOW UGK thanks to this book. I'm going to read it again... and again. AH-MAZING JOB!!!
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being from the south gives us opportunities to hear rumors that are pretty accurate, and this book proves them right... from the "master p beef to lil troy to probs with Ludacris/smoke d" Julia puts its all in this book...this book should be $50.00-100.00... I am truly proud of her, and this book explains the insanity that one must face to have a personal life, and an alter ego called an "image" chad was a nerdy, smart, cool guy that used "pimp c" to mask his fears, childhood problems....Julia explains his reasons for being who he became, and has incredible pictures to provide the imagery needed...honestly I read the book in a day and a half...it was like reading while watching the scenes play out in your mind.... pimp c will never get the artistic credit he deserved.... from his signature hi hats, to live instrumentation, singing his own vocals, playing multiple instruments, using his voice to his advantage.... the only person that I never met, that I cried when he passed on.... dude was trill and lived a hell of a life that only rick james/marvin gaye/George Clinton could only understand.... if you love pimp c/ugk or have a passion to read period, get this book asap..... long live the pimp
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I'm new to the intricate details of the Pimp C story, but I'm a long time fan of the author Julia Beverly. So I knew when she dropped a book it would be good. Still she surprised me with her ability to tell a story -- this book is GREAT! I'm just digging into it, but really enjoying the book. Definitely worth checking out if you're a serious fan of rap music.
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