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
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Prolific “beefs”) and goes above and beyond in every imaginable way to offer readers an unbiased, honest, and often touching biography behind a very complex and layered individual. Julia Beverly does an IMACULATE job! Without giving too much away, expect to be surprised, touched, and educated in the history of Pimp C and his associates. My personal favorite part discusses his time and personal growth behind bars. The fact this book also has photographs of rap lyrics, family members, associates, prison letters and even tax forms from C’s life, shows that Beverly is not only capable of masterfully retelling a legends life story but also illustrates her capabilities as a researcher/reporter. Never in my life have I finished a piece of literature so massive and been left desperately wanting more. My only request is that Beverly continues her writing career as clearly she is an incredibly gifted and competent author. MUST BUY!!!!!
After reading his Trill Life Story, it made me not only respect him more but Love his body of work that much more. No one will ever be able to re-create or duplicate this man. The fact that his sound, his artistry is so unique if anyone attempted to mimic his work, the whole world could see Only the Pimp. Music has not been the same since his departure but his legacy forever will live on.
Buy this book today and you won't regret it!
Top international reviews
Although not a book that you can't wait to pick back up, it is very well written and Julia does a great job in drawing you in. Reading the chapter on Pimp's death - brought me to tears. Julia has done a great job in humanising "The Pimp"
I cannot recommend this book enough. Long live the Pimp!