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Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story Paperback – July 28, 2015
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"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
From the Back Cover
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very in-depth view of the late Pimp C. A must read for true fansPublished 15 days ago by Marcus Jones
I am a huge UGK fan and I Loved me some Pimp C and when I saw that there was a book written about his life, I was only planning to get the book just because I am huge fan but once... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natosha A.
it was good finding out the stuff i didnt know but i do think it went off in to much detail with somethings great book in all a must readPublished 1 month ago by yalonda briggs
Loved it reminded me of the 90''s in Houston the best time.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
best book ever and must read if u a tru fan ....great book and great conditionPublished 2 months ago by Robinson
One half of my favorite rap duo of all time! Very interesting read. There's a lot of stuff in here that you won't find in any of his interviews or that he even talks about in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Djslott936