‘Long Live The Pimp’ a documentary on the life of Pimp C first surfaced at the close of 2015. Today, Complex follows up with a 30-minute documentary of the same name.
Complex and Mass Appeal‘s Long Live the Pimp, is a documentary that further explores the life of Pimp C, from his humble beginnings in Port Arthur to becoming a star for keeping it real on wax. “I understood that he was destined for something great,” Bun B says of his former UGK counterpart. “I was just like, you know what, I know I’m alright with this music shit, he real good with this music shit, I’ma hold my nigga down and see how far we can get.”
For years, Southern hip hop was often overlooked, but UGK really put Houston on the map, helping push the signature chopped and screwed sound to the forefront. UGK’s collaboration with Jay Z, “Big Pimpin” was made possible because of Jay Z reaching out to the Houston duo, but at one point, Pimp C didn’t even want to do the collaboration. “I’m just gonna rap the countries sh*t I can rap and send it back to him.” Little did he know, it would become both one of their biggest records of all time. Pimp C was known for being brutally honest and always speaking his mind. Despite their strong underground following, Pimp C was always very protective of UGK’s brand and staying true to the appeal he had developed in the streets. Pimp C would pass on December 4, 2007 due to hypoventilation and accidental cough medicine overdose. In the documentary, Bun B, Nas, Michael “5000” Watts, DJ Paul, and more talk about the legendary Southern rapper and the impact he had on hip-hop. Watch the documentary below.