12.04.2008

Time Flies


It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the man born Chad Butler moved on to the afterlife. I'm not going to front like I was his or UGK's biggest fan. I'll save that for the homie TZ. But, I did (and still do) enjoy some of the pieces of his soul that will forever play on.

Ironically, my favorite UGK joint is One Day of the 1996 album Ridin' Dirty. To me it is the full spectrum of Pimp C.

I'm up early cuz aint enough light in the daytime
Smoke two sweets get in these streets out the pop up line
Peanut holder my boulders smolder on the PA pipes
Ak loader as I get swallowed under city lights
Niggas be lookin shife so I look shife back
Cant show no weakness in these streets you'll get yo life jacked
Mayn its a trip where i stay especially for me
This bitches tryin to lock me up for the whole century
They gave my boy down in Florida Dante 19
I wish that we could smoke again and take a tight lean
My world a trip you can ask Bun B bitch I aint no liar
My man RoRo jus lost his baby in a house fire
And then when I got on my knees that night to pray
I asked God why he let these killas live and take my homeboy's son away
Man if you got kids show em you love em cuz God jus might call em home
Cuz one day you here but baby the next day you gone

Ranging from smoking to ease the stress to holding the tools necessary to survive both the streets and the man to legitimately questioning the man upstairs, you can see that the Pimp was more than what the picture up there suggests.

And in a strange stroke of coincidence, Pimp C passed on the birth date of one Shawn Carter. To my knowledge, Jay-Z was the first rapper from NYC to give UGK props. And before International Players became a hit, Big Pimpin' was one of the biggest hits of UGK's career. What's funny about that song is that, apparently, Pimp C was not really interested in doing the song. I believe it was because he didn't think his fan base would approve. Good thing Bun B convinced him otherwise.

On the heels of Big Pimpin', UGK featured on Three Six Mafia's Sippin' on Some Syrup. I doubt Pimp needed to be asked more than once to hop on this. Pimp jump started the joint and killed it to the point where I could care less about the rest of the verses.

The one thing that has been on my mind since Pimp C passed is Bun B. In some ways, I think Bun got the short end of the stick when Pimp C was locked up, got out and then passed away a couple of years later. When Pimp C went away, Bun B was left with the responsibility of putting food on his table and keeping the UGK alive. And he did! But you can't tell me that he wasn't estactic when Pimp C returned and he got to go back to being the low key member of the group. So 365 days ago, I wonder what Bun felt after the initial shock of losing his brother.

Chad, you are definitely missed down here, but we appreciate your prescence and the legacy you left behind. R.I.P.

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