The widow of UGK star Chad “Pimp C” Butler has responded to a recent lawsuit filed by Rap-A-Lot Records in court — over the late rapper’s master recordings. According to Allhiphop.com, Rap-A-Lot 2K filed the suit against Chinara Butleron June 17th, claiming that she was withholding 10 master recordings of unreleased material by Pimp C — which the label contractually owns. The suit was reportedly filed after Chinara sent the label a cease and desist letter regarding the use of Pimp C.’s music, name and likeness for an upcoming album.
She told the site that she is not happy with the music for the upcoming album tentatively entitled Still Pimpin. She said, “I want to make sure everyone understands that with those songs and my whole issue is that, I don’t feel like we should try to do something new with Chad’s music, if he didn’t do it. To me its not right and clearly I’m not feeling it. Just like the songs, I’m not feeling a lot of the singles.”
- Chinara told the site that lack of communication is the reason why for the legal action on both sides. She said, “I think its been about three years or so since we [Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince] had contact and we got together and we talked about what he wanted to do and what I wanted to do.”
- She also revealed that she has not been paid for the upcoming project — which she is also supposed to be executive producing. She said, “I’m being sued when you [Rap-A-Lot] are putting out a project and I haven’t even received any money or anything from? I will never amend anything. This is about him [Pimp C.] and all I can do is make him proud and make sure no one tarnishes his legacy, and what he built his whole life…I just think its sad.”
- Pimp C died in December 2007 of sleep apnea and drug use.