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Below is the official statement from Jive Records which just hit my inbox on the untimely death of rapper Pimp C who was a member of the popular group UGK.

It is with great sadness that Jive Records announces the passing of Chad “Pimp C” Butler, a member of the celebrated rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz). Jive Records’ President and CEO Barry Weiss states: “We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront. He will be missed and our prayers remain with his family and Bun B. I’ve known Chad since he was 18, and we loved him dearly and he was a cherished member of the Jive family.”

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Butler’s father was a trumpet player who played professionally with Solomon Burke. Outside of his father, the 33-year old rapper’s influences varied, ranging from Bobby Bland, Jimmy McGriff, the 1960’s Motown artists to Run DMC. Butler met his inseparable partner Bernard “Bun B” Freeman in high school where they formed UGK. In 1992, the duo signed to Jive Records and went on release a total of eight albums for the label. They earned their highest achievement earlier this year when their most recent album, UGK (Underground Kingz), debuted in the number one position on the album pop chart. According to the New York Times, UGK “helped inspire a generation of Southern hip-hop stars, from OutKast to Lil Wayne.”

Bun B is not available for comment at this time.

  • new orleans 504
    December 5, 2007

    pimp c was one of my faviorte rappers but his death was suprising to me i think he died of that syrup this is an example for rapper to stop drinking that syrup!!!!!!

  • J-Sin
    December 9, 2007

    Regardless of what killed Pimp C he will always be remembered as a pioneer in the southern rap industry. The rap game is all f’d up these days and rappers have an enormous pressure on them. It’s ignorant to guess about what killed him.

  • Ri$hi
    December 10, 2007

    R.I.P. Pimp C :'(

  • Ben
    December 10, 2007

    R.I.P. Pimp C u know trill recnize trill. Neva fuck without a rubba

  • .
    February 6, 2008

    R.I.P. :’-(

  • Danmose
    March 3, 2008

    rest in peace hommy u were an inspiration to many pple here in kenya

  • K-Red From Monroe, La
    March 3, 2008

    R.I.P Pimp C you the smartest rapper there was and what you symbolized for rappers to come togather squash the beef.. i loved that about yall and hope Bun B will continue it with out you

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