After being incarcerated for nearly five years, Pimp C. has reportedly been granted parole and could be released before Christmas.
Born Chad Butler, Pimp C. is currently serving an 8-year sentence for parole violations on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
The Port Arthur, Texas bred rapper was sentenced to prison January 28, 2001 and was not scheduled to be eligible for parole until late 2005.
On Saturday (Dec. 3), Bun B. announced the news that Pimp C. had been approved for parole and would be released soon.
“Words coming back that he’s been approved for parole and should be home in the next 60 days,” Bun B. told WHXT Hot 103.9 radio host Charlamagne Tha God.
“It’s definitely a blessing, it’s a beautiful thing. I hope that everybody will be able to burn the Free Pimp C. shirts real soon and throwing those caps away. Then we can start rocking the Welcome Back Pimp C.”
Pimp-C. and Bun B. formed UGK in the late 80s, releasing several major label albums with Jive, including Too Hard to Swallow, Ridin’ Dirty, and Dirty Money.
The rapper has also produced records for Master P, C-Murder, 3-6 Mafia, David Banner’s group Crooked Letters and has made cameo appearances on tracks by Jay-Z, David Banner, Young Jeezy and others.
Though incarcerated, Pimp C. released his debut solo album, The Sweet James Jones Stories, in March 2005 through Rap-a-Lot Records.
After being paroled, Pimp C. will remain under the State’s supervison until 2009.