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Statement From Jive Records on Pimp C's Death
Posted by Administrator at Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 at 12:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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.

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