P.I.M.P.

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"P.I.M.P." is a song by American rapper 50 Cent, from his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003). The song features production from Mr. Porter of D12. The song was mixed by Dr. Dre.

"P.I.M.P."
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Single by 50 Cent featuring Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck
from the album Get Rich or Die Tryin'
ReleasedAugust 12, 2003 (2003-08-12)
Recorded2003
GenreGangsta rap
Length
  • 4:09 (album version)
  • 4:17 (clean radio remix)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
50 Cent singles chronology
"Many Men (Wish Death)"
(2003)
"P.I.M.P."
(2003)
"If I Can't"
(2003)

A remixed version of the song, featuring fellow rappers Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, was released as the album's fourth official single on August 12, 2003, although the remix was not initially part of the track listing; it was later added as a bonus track to some digital editions of the album.

Upon its release, "P.I.M.P." was a significant commercial success, especially in the United States, where it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the Top 10 of many national charts worldwide. The song was later certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000+ copies.[1]

ContentEdit

Musically, the song is based on a highly steel-drum-prominent production from Mr. Porter from D12, and although it is predominantly a rap song, features elements of other genres, especially reggae, or music similar to that of the Caribbeans, within the steel drum-based production Inspired by Mr. Porter's father who is a drummer in a reggae band. Lyrically, the song glorifies 50 Cent's supposed involvement in the 'pimp' lifestyle.[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video features the four rappers rapping with topless women.[citation needed] The video comes in two slightly different versions: one with the topless women and a "clean" version without. On July 15, 2003, the video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at number nine and stayed on the chart for fifty days.[3] At the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, it was nominated for Best Rap Video, but lost to Jay-Z's "99 Problems".[4]

The video had 50 Cent trying to audition to become a member of the P.I.M.P. Legion of Doom that is led by Snoop Dogg's character. When asked why they should let him join the P.I.M.P. Legion of Doom as he doesn't have a Cadillac and/or a perm, 50 Cent ends up winning their favor by showing off his Magic Stick.

Samples and coversEdit

In 2008, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band released a cover version of "P.I.M.P." from their album Look-A Py Py. This was such a faithful version that many people incorrectly said that it was the source of the steel drum tune used in the 50 Cent single. This, of course, is not possible since the Bacao single was released five years after 50 Cent had released "P.I.M.P.".[5]

Additional covers of the song included those on Hip Hop Baby (a 2004 compilation album of kid-friendly tunes from the group Tunes for Baby That Won't Drive You Crazy), and "P.I.N.T.", a parody version by British rapper 50 Pence (from his 2004 album, 50 Pence Presents).[6]

Legal controversyEdit

In June 2016, producer Brandon Parrott sued almost everyone involved with the 50 Cent record Get Rich or Die Tryin', claiming that he was tricked into licensing the use of a beat from his track "BAMBA". Aftermath Records & Universal requested that the case be dismissed on the grounds that Parrott had already been compensated in an earlier settlement. Judge S. James Otero dismissed the complaint without leave to amend in November 2016.[7][8]

Track listingEdit

  • UK CD single[9]
  1. "P.I.M.P." – 4:09
  2. "P.I.M.P. (Remix)" (featuring Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck) – 4:47
  3. "8 More Miles" (featuring G-Unit) – 3:08
  4. "P.I.M.P." – The Video (Director's cut) – 4:10

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[42] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold 25,000 
Norway (IFPI Norway)[44] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[46] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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