Pimp C’s Life, Musical Impact Memorialized in Documentary

Pimp C’s eventful life and indelible impact on hip-hop culture are memorialized in Long Live the Pimp.

The documentary is named after Pimp C’s 2015 posthumous album, and is a collaborative presentation between Complex and Mass Appeal. It features interviews from Pimp C’s widow Chinara Butler, his partner-in-crime Bun B, and close friend Mike Mo. Others who make appearances include Rico Wade of Organized Noize, Cory Mo, Michael “5000” Watts, Paul Wall, David Banner, Killa Kyleon, DJ Paul, and Nas. 

The documentary begins with a reflection of Pimp C’s musical upbringing in Port Arthur, Texas, and UGK’s first regional hit “Tell Me Something Good.” 

The desire for southern hip-hop artists to be embraced by their East Coast peers is also profiled. The lack of support from artists in other regions inspired Pimp C to create his own subgenre of hip-hop, country rap tunes. 

The history behind Jay-Z’s UGK-featured smash “Big Pimpin'” is highlighted in the documentary. Pimp C was reluctant to rhyme on the song due to concerns it would adversely impact UGK’s following. However, “Big Pimpin'” would expand the fanbases of both Jay and UGK, and the song’s most memorable lines come from Pimp C’s verse. 

Pimp C’s incarceration, ability to influence Houston rivals to resolve their discrepancies and unify, as well as his shocking death are also profiled during the documentary.

Check out Long Live the Pimp below. 

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