December 4 marks a sad anniversary in hip-hop: A full two years have gone by since the accidental overdose death of Pimp C (born Chad Butler), one half of the legendary group UGK.
“Today is not a day of mourning but of celebration, the celebration of a great writer, producer, singer, rapper, innovator, leader, father, son, husband, brother and friend,” Bun B wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. “It’s been two years since his passing, yet it still doesn’t seem so long ago we were in his bedroom, writing ’Tell Me Something Good,’ hoping for a chance. On behalf of his family, both personal as well as musical, I want to thank everyone for their continued love, support and prayers! In his memory, don’t forget to stay prayed up, continue to chase your dreams no matter what … UGK for life!
As a way of celebrating the life of the MC and to preserve his legacy, Pimp’s wife, Chinara Butler, organized the first annual Chad “Pimp C” Butler Hip-Hop & Health/Wellness Fair in Pimp’s hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. The event was scheduled to be held at the Port Arthur Pavilion on Friday evening, but due to inclement weather, it is being postponed until next Saturday, December 12.
“Me and my family would like to thank everyone for the love and support of my husband since his unfortunate passing, two years ago today,” Butler said in a statement to MTV News noting the postponement of the event.
The goal of the fair is to raise awareness among young people about the importance of their own personal health, which includes HIV and STD testing, drug prevention and regular physical exams. Pimp himself suffered from a pre-existing sleep disorder, which when combined with an overdose of cough syrup, led to his untimely death. The event will also feature entertainment care of Bun B (Pimp’s partner in UGK), along with local favorites Grit Boys, Da Underdawgz and Dorrough. The small donation fee also entitles guests to information and hands-on consultations, as well as vaccinations care of the Port Arthur Health Department.
UGK helped put Texas on the hip-hop map with underground favorites like their debut album, Too Hard to Swallow. They got their first bit of mainstream attention when they guested on Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin’ ” in 1999. Pimp’s career was derailed for a while when he went to jail in 2002 for aggravated assault, but after his release in 2005, the group put together Underground Kingz, which debuted on top of the Billboard albums chart and spawned the hit “Int’l Players Anthem.”
But on December 4, 2007, Pimp was found dead in a room at the Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles. His legacy is being carried on by both his wife and Bun B, who dedicated the final UGK album to Pimp’s memory .