Pimp C Almost Passed On Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” Over Questionable Lyric

Pimp C Almost Passed On Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” Over Questionable Lyric


The late UGK member initially likened the collaboration to “career suicide.”

Split Image Of Pimp C And Jay-Z

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Pimp C’s guest appearance on Jay-Z’s classic “Big Pimpin’” single is lauded as one of his greatest Hip-Hop moments on wax. However, the feature almost never happened due to Pimp’s misinterpretation of one of Hov’s lyrics. According to former Roc-A-Fella A&R Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, the late rap star initially believed that Jay-Z was rhyming about masturbating while sitting inside a truck in his opening verse for the track, which gave the Texan cause to pause.

“He thought Jay was saying that he was playing with his d**k in the truck,” Kyambo told R.O.A.D. Podcast of Pimp’s hesitation to contribute a verse. “So he’s like, ‘Man, I’m not getting on no song with another man talking bout playing with himself in the truck. Young Hop, you my boy, but, damn, what you trying to have me doing?’”

The music man also recalls the Port Author native, who passed away in 2007, likening the move to “career suicide.’”

Fortunately, Kyambo was seemingly able to assuage Pimp’s concerns by deciphering the song’s lyrics, as Jay-Z was actually rhyming about a woman helping him masturbate in a luxury vehicle. On the track in question, the Brooklynite raps, “‘Til I need a nut, ’til I need to beat the guts/ Then it’s ‘beep beep’ and I’m pickin’ ’em up/ Let ’em play with it quick in the truck.”

Pimp C’s reluctance to appear on “Big Pimpin’” is well-documented, as several figures have spoken about his reservations regarding how the collaboration would impact his and UGK member Bun B’s career. Also, his friendship with 2Pac—who had dissed Jay-Z prior to his death—was another factor that put the record in jeopardy.

“[Pimp C] was a big 2Pac fan,” Joshua shares during the interview. “And 2Pac had just passed away not too long ago. And he heard of something, I guess ’cause Pac said something about Jay. So [Pimp C] was like, ‘I’m not f**king with him, ’cause Pac ain’t f**king with him.’”

Pimp C Wearing Black Dickies Outfit, Hat And Sunglasses

Rapper Pimp-C of the rap group UGK during the video shoot for the lead off street anthem Pourin Up from Pimp-C’s highly anticipated solo album Pimpalation on April 3, 2006 in Houston, Texas.

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Ultimately, Pimp C would lay down his portion of the track, which many consider being the most popular performance on the record, and the rest is history. Upon its release, “Big Pimpin’” was not only a massive hit for Jay-Z, but UGK as well, peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, their highest entry on the chart to date. The song, which also spent five weeks atop Billboard’s Rap Airplay chart, was certified Platinum by the RIAA and remains a signature song in both acts’ catalog.

Watch Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’” music video below.

UGK Wearing Jewelry

UGK members Pimp C (L) and Bun B attends the First Annual Ozone Awards at the Bob Carr Auditorium August 06, 2006 in Orlando, Florida.

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