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Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story Paperback – July 28, 2015
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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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When I first started being introduced to hip hop, it was is referenced in the book as the "2nd wave" of rappers and entrepreneur's coming out of the Houston area... One common thing I noticed amongst said men were a undeniable sense of loyalty or respect for UGK as the front runners for the Southern Hip Hop movement. Eventually I went back and obtained some of their (at the time) current material and some of their older material.
Like wine, UGK has withstood time and aged gracefully. As I get older, I realize that sometimes things change when we get a more wise perspective.
I stumbled across this book and after hearing about OZONE magazine and seeing Julia Beverly being associated with a lot of my favorite artists, I decided this would be worth a shot..... WOW.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone. Not just Hip Hop fans, not just UGK fans, but ANYONE.
The Sweet Jones story is the perfect example about how a man can rise, fall, and get back up again and again.
Long live Sweet Jones. UGK 4 Ever. UGK 4 Life.
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