Rapper Pimp C Found Dead in LA Hotel

  1. Pimp C, who spun searing tales of Texas street life into a key role in the rise of Southern hip-hop, was found dead in an upscale hotel on Tuesday. He was 33.
    The rapper formed Underground Kingz with partner-in-rhyme Bun B while the pair was in high school, and their often laconic delivery paired with wittily dangerous lyrics influenced a generation of current superstars like Lil' Wayne. T.I. had the group on as guests when he remade their 1994 song "Front, Back and Side to Side" for his "King" album.
    To a mainstream audience, Pimp C was best known for UGK's cameo on the Jay-Z hit "Big Pimpin'," and for "Free Pimp C" T-shirts and shout-outs, ubiquitous in rap several years ago while he was jailed on gun charges. On Tuesday, his MySpace page had been changed to read: "C the Pimp is FREE at last."

    Born Chad Butler, Pimp C was found dead in a room at the Mondrian hotel, a longtime music industry hangout not far from the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, where he had performed on Saturday night alongside rap veteran Too $hort. Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Butler had apparently died while in bed in his hotel room.
    "At this time there's no signs of foul play," Winter said. "It appears to be possibly natural, but pending autopsy and toxicology we can't say the cause."
    Manager Rick Martin identified Butler and his death was announced by publicist Nancy Byron.
    "This morning saw the loss of a man that was not only a client, but a very dear friend at a time when he had the most to live for," Martin said in a statement. "He was my best friend and I will always love him."
    Though they never enjoyed massive pop chart success, UGK's early CDs are considered landmarks for the then-burgeoning Texas hip-hop scene, which also featured the Geto Boys. Signed to a deal with Jive Records, they released "Too Hard to Swallow" in 1992, "Super Tight" two years later, and "Ridin' Dirty" in 1996, considered a rap classic.
    Over laid-back beats, they laid out incisive details that remain Southern rap mainstays: descriptions of sex and conspicuous consumption, wood-grain steering wheels and triple-beam scales used to weigh drugs.
  2. The duo's career was derailed when Pimp C was jailed for three years in 2002 on gun charges. But he got as much exposure as ever, as the "Free Pimp C" slogan spread.
    An unauthorized album of Pimp C's freestyle rhymes was released while he was in prison. When he and Bun B finally put out an album this year, they felt such a need to re-establish themselves they titled their album "Underground Kingz," as if to underscore a new start.
    Critics praised the CD, which included the hit "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)," featuring OutKast. Pimp C's verse riffs on high-class women and cars: "I'm pullin' Bentleys off the lot. Smashed up the gray one, bought me a red. Everytime we hit the parking lot we turn heads," he raps.
    Barry Weiss, CEO of Jive, said in a statement: "We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kindhearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront."
    Butler, who grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, came from a musical lineage. His father was a professional trumpet player, and the rapper studied classical music in high school. He even received a Division I rating on a tenor solo at a University Interscholastic League choir competition.
    "That's how I came up listening to everything," he told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview. "Music don't have no color or no face. It's a universal language. I think being exposed to all that kind of stuff influences the way I make records."
    Pimp C is survived by a wife and three children.

  3. This was Pimp C's verse in Big Pimpin':

    Uhh.. smokin' out, throwin up, keepin' lean up in my cup
    All my car got leather and wood, in my hood we call it buck
    Everybody wanna ball, holla at broads at the mall
    If he up, watch him fall, ***** I can't f:cursing:ck witch'all
    If I wasn't rappin' baby, I would still be ridin' Mercedes
    Chromin shinin' sippin' daily, no rest until whitey pay me
    Uhhh, now what y'all know bout them Texas boys
    Comin down in candied toys, smokin' weed and talkin' noise
  4. Damn! I didn't realize this was already posted. Swanky, would you mind closing this, please?
  5. I heard his name, but i dont know who he is. sorry for his loss
  6. Aww! He always had the funniest verses and I loved his voice. R.I.P
  7. what a shamee - i wonder how he died?
  8. Is this a surprise? I have no idea who this is...but a rapper named Pimp C found dead?

    Why would anyone be surprised at this? Sorry - I just don't get it...

  9. LOL, when you put it like that. i guess not.:lol:
  10. Pimp C was a very well known 3rd coast/dirty south rapper form Port Authur Texas(not far from Houston.) I dont find any comments relating to his death funny at all. He was an educated rapper and one of the realest rappers in the south. He spoke the truth about what goes on in the streets of Houston and Port Authur. Things that the media doesnt show you. And for those of you who are not hip to the street terminology here are some defintions for you below:

    3rd Coast - basicly the Gulf Coast area (Gulf of Mexico)
    Dirty South - South Texas, Louisianna, Georgia, Alabama(pretty much the states that share the common 3rd Coast waters which is the Gulf of Mexico)
    Realest rapper - rapper that speaks the truth, doesnt sugar coat, someone the government will try to keep quiet similar to or equal to 2pac
  11. so sad...
  12. sad.

    I've heard of him. Basically all the "commercial" rappers you've heard of or like, "Jay-Z, Nelly,Tupac, Biggie, etc... They all looked up to this guy and his group.
  13. though this sad your sentence made me :roflmfao:.
  14. i liked his lyrics....especially "Sippin on some Syrup" lyrics with 3 6 Mafia.....
    this is so sad...i feel so bad for Bun.B.