Pimp C Items Archived At Houston’s Rice University

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Chad “Pimp C” Butler, known as half of the legendary Houston rap duo UGK, will have his legacy further cemented with pieces from his career getting archived at Rice University.

Rice University has created the Pimp C Collection in the Woodson Research Center, as part of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Hip-Hop Archive. The collection will include handwritten Pimp C lyrics and contracts to promotional flats for UGK.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the university will host a panel discussion about Pimp C called “A Trill Legacy.” Panelists will include Pimp C’s widow Chinara Butler, his UGK groupmate Bun B, and other southern rap staples David Banner, Lil Keke, Mr. Lee, DJ Michael 5000 Watts, and E.S.G.

Pimp C died in 2007 from an accidental drug overdose and a pre-existing sleep condition, making many more aware of the health risks that come with abusing codeine. As part of UGK and a solo artist, he earned two Grammy nominations, a number one record (2007’s Underground Kingz), and one of the most respected careers ever. He appeared on Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin” and Three 6 Mafia’s “Sippin On Some Syrup,” hit songs that are part of the rap canon.

In a statement to HipHopDX, Founding Director of the CERCL, Anthony B. Pinn, said, “The CERCL archive is committed to preserving the historical and cultural memory of Houston, and in this way helping to recall how Houston fits into national conversations and developments. One dimension of the archive involves Hip Hop culture in Houston. A vital component of the history of Hip Hop in Houston involves UGK, and so we are delighted to include Pimp C in the archive. His materials shed additional light on the importance of Houston and the global development of Hip Hop.”

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