Wow.. this is a huge shock. Our condolences to everyone that knew Pimp C in any way. RIP Pimp C.
Another tragic loss has hit the Hip Hop community today as Pimp C, one half of UGK, was found dead in his hotel room this morning. He was 33 years old.
According to TMZ, a 911 call was answered by LA County Fire which led them to the Mondrian Hotel in California. When police arrived they found the Houston rapper dead in his bed.
No word yet as to the cause of his death as this story is still developing.
HipHopDX would like to send condolences to the family and friends of Pimp C during this trying time.
UPDATE: Representatives from Jive Records, UGK‘s longtime label have confirmed the death to be true.
We will keep you updated as information continues to come in.
Edit: Jive Records Statement:
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.
An addendum from AaronM: I’m busy studying for exams and haven’t had much time to contribute but when Dj01 sent me the news, I had to add this.
Hip Hop Is Read just posted two UGK tracks that show Chad’s more spiritual side. Listening to them is a good way to pay tribute to the Underground King on this sad day.