TMZ.com reports that:
“Pimp C, real name Chad Butler — and one half of the rap duo UGK, was found dead in a hotel room this morning. He was 33.
L.A. County Fire responded to a 911 call at the Mondrian Hotel, located on trendy Sunset Strip in Hollywood. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find him dead in bed.”
“Formed some 20 years ago by longtime friends Butler and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, UGK are largely responsible for the deliberate, loping Houston sound further pioneered by the duo’s good friend, the late Robert “DJ Screw” Davis. Pimp C spent from 2002 to 2005 incarcerated in a Texas prison on an aggravated assault charge, leading to the ubiquitous “Free Pimp C” rallying cry throughout the hip-hop industry.
UGK spent much of the ’00s away from the studio, but were enjoying a banner 2007 with the release of the stellar, sprawling Underground Kingz LP and its triumphant, Outkast-boosted single “International Player’s Anthem”.”
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