Drake has opened up about his admiration for the late UGK member Pimp C and why he did not mean to offend fans by taking on the emcee’s nickname, “Sweet Jones”.
Referring to his Pimp C reference while guest-appearing on Bun B‘s Trill O.G. lead single, “Put It Down”, Drake said he viewed the duo as uncles.
“I just feel that I’m a huge Pimp supporter,” explained Drake, who sends the MC an R.I.P. at the end of his verse. “I’m a huge Pimp fan. I feel like I’m extended UGK family. Bun and Pimp are like uncles, dads to me. They’re G’s. [When I’m around them], I feel like I do around my uncles. They’re still the coldest cats in the world, but Bun makes me feel … he’s a legend. His presence, it’s like me calling myself Young Bun B, [when I call myself] Young Sweet Jones…It’s just seeing a bit of them in myself; by no means did I mean to offend. I heard it was somebody upset about me making that reference. I think it was somebody in his family or something. But I never mean any disrespect. I love rap. Young Sweet Jones is just a little nickname. People really started calling me that before I ever said it in a rap song. I used to rep for Houston so hard. They just be like, ‘Man, that’s Young Sweet Jones right there.’ I just put it in a song. And it sounded dope.” (MTV)
In addition to Pimp C, Drake also likens himself to the late Jimi Hendrix.
“I gotta hundred girls on each phone/Drissy Drake man, young sweet Jones/I never cheat unless you count the girls I cheat on/I know you can’t bring every single one you meet home/home sick just when I thought I was sick of home/losing track of time everyday we switching zones/Drizzy Hendrix I’m just backstage getting stoned…I swear these women living like they tryna write a book after/but I’m just trying to keep it G for my chapter/listen to my words, see just what I mean/rest in peace to Chad Butler everyday I’m riding clean…” (“Put It Down”)
Earlier this month, Bun B talked about Drake’s passion and how the YM artist reminded him of a younger version of himself.
“[I see] the hunger and the passion for what he’s doing,” Bun said when asked why he supports him. “It’s still all very new to him so he’s really trying to embrace as much of it as he can without taking on too much too early. There’s just so many great opportunities available for him. He’s really just trying to make as much good music as he can. I just try to make sure that he doesn’t overwhelm himself. But when I see him, it reminds me of when I was coming in the game and how hungry I was and how ready I was to just attack and be heard and be seen and be known and let people realize my movement and that it’s not superficial. It’s something real. So I understand that kind of intensity. I see it in his eyes and I remember that look when I used to see the look in my eyes when I looked in the mirror in the morning. I still have that kind of hunger and passion. I think that’s why we make the kind of records we make, too.” (VIBE)
Pimp C passed away in December 2007 while booked to perform in Los Angeles.
An overdose of cough syrup and a preexisting sleep apnea condition killed Chad Butler, better known as rapper Pimp C, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. His death has been ruled an accident. Butler was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel on Dec. 4. He was 33. He’d been in L.A. for a concert with rapper Too $hort. Though early reports suggested the cough syrup was over-the-counter, assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said the Promethazine/Codeine found in his system was from a prescription-based product. (Chron Entertainment)
Listen to Drake’s “Put It Down” guest appearance below: