On Monday, April 4th, my roommate tweeted me a link of Pimp C’s documentary: Long Live The Pimp. All he said “wait until 5 PM”, which was code for “Bro, I don’t get off until 5 PM, so please don’t watch this sh*t until I make it back to the crib!”
So I did.
When 5 PM came around, I forgot. I actually forgot to even watch it until around 12 AM, April 5th. I had just got a cup of columbian coffee with two shots of espresso. Why so late? Because coffee doesn’t have a time limit and neither does a dope documentary.
Beginning with voice overs by Chinara Butler, Pimp C’s wife, you hear the beginning stages of Pimp meeting his wife through common God parents, meeting Mike Mo who engineers his material, and Bun B, who had no plans of becoming an artist but believed in Pimp so much that he supported his dreams.
Chad Lamont Butler, aka Pimp C, was born to a father who was a musician. Naturally being musically inclined, the documentary states UGK was first signed to an underground label named Big Tyme Records. Quickly growing a buzz and a strong reputation, Nas is quoted saying that “Pimp is straight south, uncut, no trying to fit in with nothing else.”
Featuring guest appearances by Dungeon Family, Mike Watts, Jermaine Dupree, and many, many others, this documentary gives you a straight forward recollection of everyones thoughts, opinions, and certain important moments they’ve had with Pimp.
As expected, the main attraction of this short, thirty minute documentary, was the memories of “Big Pimpin’”, Jay Z’s hit song that brought a lot more attention to the talents of UGK. I was in Brooklyn when this video came out and I remember watching it on MTV and wishing I understood what the hell these guys from the other side of the world were talking about.
This was arguably one of Pimp C’s most memorable features, but DJ Greg Street confesses the reason why his verse was only eight bars: he didn’t want to do this feature. According to producer Mr. Lee, when Pimp received the song, he called it “trash” and decided to rap the worst lyrics he can think of before returning it Jay-Z. It’s amazing to think that his least thought of verse became his most phenomenal.
Oh, Jermaine Dupri and other friends recall the white Mercedes in the Big Pimpin video actually belonging to Pimp and it being the first of it’s class that he purchased. The vehicle was in Atlanta during the shoot, which was in Miami, and Pimp refused to being filming his scenes until Jay-Z had his Benz shipped to Miami.
With words of his incarceration, career, character, and even his death, I believe this documentary was the perfect length and truly featured the perfect people to speak on Pimp C’s legacy.
From a scale of one to fresh out of the barbershop, I rate the documentary a fresh shave and a cold glass of lemon water.
If you would like to check out Long Live The Pimp, you can watch it below.
Carmelo “Mellzy” Sanchez is born again, and has dedicated his life to raising the bar one wave at a time. Stay jiggy. Ask him about his younger creative self, and you might hear some stories you’ll never forget.