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Rapper Pimp C Found Dead in LA Hotel

December 4th, 2007 Posted in Breaking News

Pimp C, born Chad Butler, one-half of the veteran Houston rap group UGK, was found dead in the Mondrian hotel an upscale Los Angeles hotel and? longtime music-industry hangout, on Tuesday. He was 33.

Butler and his partner, Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, were pioneers of Southern rap, and hit the mainstream with their cameo on Jay-Z’s smash Big Pimpin. The duo? never enjoyed the pop-chart success of some other rappers, their 1996 CD Ridin’ Dirty is considered a rap classic, and their laid-back sound, complete with gangsta tales of creeping through humid streets gripping wood-grain steering wheels, was influential in shaping the Southern rap movement.

The duo’s career was derailed when Butler was jailed for three years in 2002 on gun charges. He released an album while in prison, and this year the group made a comeback with the critically acclaimed album Underground Kingz, which included the hit Int’l Player’s Anthem, featuring OutKast.

Butler, came from a musical lineage and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, . 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.

But it was rap music that would become his passion.? Butler and Freeman were friends since junior high, they started UGK, short for Underground Kingz.

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