Pimp C, also known as Chad Lamont Butler, was known for his status as an American hip hop recording artist and producer. He was best known for his role as a founding member of the Underground Kingz. At the time of his death, Pimp C had an estimated net worth of $2,550,000.
In 1991, Pimp C and best friend Bernard “Bun B” Freeman signed a contract with Jive Records as Underground Kingz. The group released a total of five albums, featuring songs like “Big Pimpin'” with Jay-Z and “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia.
In January 2002, Pimp C was sentenced to an 8-year prison sentence for violating his community service sentence from an aggravated assault charge, years before. Many people in the hip hop community protested the charge, coming up with grassroots “Free Pimp C” campaign. During the time that Pimp C was incarcerated, Rap-A-Lot Records released Sweet James Jones Stories, most of which consisted of unreleased freestyle recordings by Underground Kingz and Pimp C personally.
When Pimp C was finally released from prison, he took the opportunity to finally create some new music for the studio. The fifth studio album from Underground Kingz was finally released, along with his own solo album, Pimpalation. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 8, 2007 Pimp C only has one solo song on the album and the rest are collaborations.
Unfortunately, Pimp C passed away on December 4, 2007. He was found in a hotel room in West Hollywood, California. A funeral service was held nine days later, allowing friends and family to pay their respects to this man, who passed away at age 33. Many musicians in the hip hop genre paid tribute through album songs or performed songs at the ceremony.