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Posted: 12/5/2007 8:50:40 AM EDT
The horrors.

Rapper Pimp C found dead at Sunset Strip hotel

David J. Phillip / Associated Press
By David Pierson and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
December 5, 2007
Rapper Pimp C, an influential hip-hop figure credited with helping launch the popularity of Southern rap, was found dead Tuesday morning at an upscale hotel on the Sunset Strip.

Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responding to a 911 call found the 33-year-old native of Port Arthur, Texas, lying on his bed at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood.

"It appears that he died naturally," said Capt. Ed Winter of the county coroner's office. "There were no signs of trauma, no signs of drug paraphernalia."

An investigation is pending.

Pimp C, whose real name was Chad Butler, was a member of the Texas hip-hop duo UGK, which scored a No. 1 album earlier this year.

The Mondrian released a statement Tuesday saying staffers checked Butler's room after family members called asking his whereabouts.

"Mr. Butler had checked into the hotel on 28 November and, according to the callers, was to have checked out" Monday, the statement read. "Security personnel went to Mr. Butler's room and found him in bed, apparently expired. A 911 call was placed at about 9:20 a.m. and paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced Mr. Butler dead."

UGK's seventh album, "Underground Kingz," reached No. 1 on the national album chart in August, but mainstream stardom eluded Butler and his partner, Bun B, for most of the group's 15-year career.

In the early 1990s, the two became known for their sharp, original rap style, ribald chronicles of "gangsta life" and stripped-down beats.

Although their collaborations with higher-profile artists, including Jay-Z (on the hit "Big Pimpin' ") and the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia (with which UGK recorded "Sippin on Sizzurp," an ode to getting high from drinking cough medicine), are considered hip-hop classics, UGK's more enduring claim to fame may be helping establish Southern rap.

Barry Weiss, Jive Records' president and chief executive, said in a written statement: "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."

In 2002, Butler was sentenced to eight years in prison after falling behind on court-ordered community service.

That sentence had been imposed after the rapper-producer pleaded no contest to aggravated assault charges; he had brandished a gun during an argument with a woman at a shopping mall.

He served about half his sentence at Terrell Prison in Livingston, Texas, before being paroled in 2005. During that time, rap fans made him a cause celebre. "Free Pimp C" T-shirts and baseball caps became popular with UGK fans across the country, and a host of rap stars called for his release.

Over the summer, the rapper-producer made headlines for disparaging a number of hip-hop celebrities, including rapper Young Jeezy, mogul Russell Simmons and R&B singer Ne-Yo.

Butler's manager, Rick Martin, released a statement Tuesday extending condolences to Butler's wife and children.

"Chad was finally seeing the results of the years of love and labor that he and Bun B have put in over the years, culminating in the tremendous success of their album, 'Underground Kingz,' " Martin said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-rapper5dec05,1,5553687.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california&ctrack=1&cset=true
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 8:51:30 AM EDT
Pimp what now?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 8:52:12 AM EDT
Who?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:32:52 AM EDT
Thank the powers that be now if the rest would just do the same
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:34:19 AM EDT
Zzzzz...
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:35:06 AM EDT
His hoes must be devastated.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:35:10 AM EDT
This is one of those moments, like JFK's assassination, where we'll all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:39:37 AM EDT
He was trying to clean up and walk the straight and narrow

y'all better not start jumping to race motivated conclusions


Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:40:07 AM EDT
Hmm. I wonder if they can say "died from natural causes at 33" with a straight face.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:41:12 AM EDT
I know what vitamin C is, does that get me any street creds?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:41:31 AM EDT
Sounds like a real fuckin tragedy if you ask me.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:42:09 AM EDT
I am not on a ship.

Sorry
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:42:10 AM EDT
credited with helping launch the popularity of Southern rap
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:43:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:43:38 AM EDT
Did someone flush?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:45:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mazeman:
This is one of those moments, like JFK's assassination, where we'll all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news.


Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:45:29 AM EDT
Half Mast?-You Are a Ass

Half Mast is for Respected Heroes and yours is a Fallen DIPSHIT at the Least with a likely following
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:47:25 AM EDT
He ain't dead, it's a conspriracy...they are gonna throw him in the same room as 2pac. Then in a couple years Pimp C and 2pac are gonna release a new album and make a comeback tour. You'll all see....
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 9:48:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2007 9:48:40 AM EDT by Smead]

In 2002, Butler was sentenced to eight years in prison after falling behind on court-ordered community service.

That sentence had been imposed after the rapper-producer pleaded no contest to aggravated assault charges; he had brandished a gun during an argument with a woman at a shopping mall.

He served about half his sentence at Terrell Prison in Livingston, Texas, before being paroled in 2005. During that time, rap fans made him a cause celebre. "Free Pimp C" T-shirts and baseball caps became popular with UGK fans across the country, and a host of rap stars called for his release.


Request granted.

Praise Jehovah!!
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:06:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hiwathl:
Half Mast?-You Are a Ass

Half Mast is for Respected Heroes and yours is a Fallen DIPSHIT at the Least with a likely following


I think he was being facetious.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:12:14 AM EDT
Can we get some more "rap stars" to check into that hotel?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:13:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2007 10:19:38 AM EDT by ben72227]
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Damn, I kinda liked UGK too.

(For those who don't know - check out Jay-Z's song "Big Pimpin" - UGK guest rapped on that song, and on Three 6 Mafia's "Sippin on Some Syrup"; Pimp C is the one wearing the glasses in both videos (not sunglasses - real glasses))

While it's not quite as big of a loss as when Biggie and 2Pac died...it's still a big loss in the rap world - especially to the Houston rap scene.

If i wasnt rappin' baby
I would still be ridin' mercedes!!!


PIMP C fo' life!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:14:16 AM EDT
another one bites the dust
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:15:57 AM EDT
Good ridance.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:16:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/5/2007 10:17:01 AM EDT by DD977GM2]


ETA: Post count is my Birth year
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:28:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 10:49:41 AM EDT
That should be good for his record sales.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:03:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PromptCritical:
Hmm. I wonder if they can say "died from natural causes at 33" with a straight face.


I know two people who died of heart attacks in their early 30s. Docs aren't usually looking for heart problems that young.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:06:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:09:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
His hoes must be devastated.


Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:11:15 AM EDT
Well, he had a pocket full of stones.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:14:46 AM EDT
Pimp C-orpse
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:18:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:19:27 AM EDT
In an effort to show his dedication to hard work and education, rapper “Pimp C” took his name from a combination of his mother’s boss’s job title and the highest grade he ever earned in school.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:21:14 AM EDT
There is a higher power.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:21:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PromptCritical:
Hmm. I wonder if they can say "died from natural causes at 33" with a straight face.


Was he obese?
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:24:35 AM EDT
I've never heard of A or B, forget about C.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:24:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dance:


In the early 1990s, the two became known for their sharp, original rap style, ribald chronicles of "gangsta life" and stripped-down beats.

Although their collaborations with higher-profile artists, including Jay-Z (on the hit "Big Pimpin' ") and the Oscar-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia (with which UGK recorded "Sippin on Sizzurp," an ode to getting high from drinking cough medicine), are considered hip-hop classics, UGK's more enduring claim to fame may be helping establish Southern rap.



That sentence had been imposed after the rapper-producer pleaded no contest to aggravated assault charges; he had brandished a gun during an argument with a woman at a shopping mall.


Good riddance.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:27:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Maximilian:
credited with helping launch the popularity of Southern rap


Really... WTF is Southern rap? I guess if the lyrics have "Y'all" in them, it will be considered southern rap.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:33:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
He was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, near here. The local paper has this as the headlines today.

His Mother's minister said what a wonderful boy he was and that he always "loved the Lord".

Somehow, I find that hard to believe.


Perfect example of how blinded parents can get with their kids... I hear stuff like that on the news from time to time (watching the local Detroit news channels) and it cracks me up.

A guy with a rap sheet longer than my (long) arms gets killed breaking into someone's house, the family holds a vigil outside and the news interviews the parents ... All they can say is how good of a son and father he was and how he provided for his family, etc...
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:37:45 AM EDT
Another 'gangsta rappa' died?



I can't say that Im sad.... I lead more towards


Fuck 'em I say... good riddance.
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:38:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Who?


Indeed...
Link Posted: 12/5/2007 11:44:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tango7:

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Who?


Indeed...


You don't know these guys?



www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnP1XmxyqxA


Ok so I had to G00gle
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