Pimp C To Be Inducted Into Rice University Library Archives
A panel is set to take place to discuss the lasting legacy of Chad Lamont Butler, aka Pimp C at Rice University.
Rice University’s Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives is about to have a new member. The late Pimp C is a certified hip-hop legend, and now, he’s getting his own collection at Rice University’s Woodson Research Center. The collection will include handwritten lyrics, promotional items, several documents, contracts to promotional flats for UGK, and other rare pieces of memorabilia.
Anthony B. Pinn, who is the Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University, says UGK is an important aspect of the hip-hop archive. “The CERCL archive is committed to preserving the historical and cultural memory of Houston, and in this way helping to recall how Houston fits into national conversations and developments,” said Pinn. “One dimension of the archive involves hip-hop culture in Houston. A vital component of the history of hip hop in Houston involves UGK, and so we are delighted to include Pimp C in the archive. His materials shed additional light on the importance of Houston the the global development of hip-hop.”
To celebrate the opening of the Pimp C collection, Rice University is hosting “A Trill Legacy,” a free panel event open to the public on Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), and it will take place at the school’s Memorial Center Grand Hall.
To celebrate, a panel will take place on January 31st at Rice’s Memorial Center Grand Hall (6100 Main) from 7-10 PM. The panel, “Pimp C: A Trill Legacy” will feature distinguished guests as well as one particular individual with ties both to Rice & UGK. Bun B, David Banner, Lil Keke, Mr. Lee, Pimp C’s widow Chinara Butler, DJ Michael “5000” Watts, & E.S.G. will be involved. Madd Hatta will serve as the panel moderator. The event is open to the public.
Pimp C’s wife Chinara Butler is pleased that her husband’s legacy will live on at Rice. “We are so excited about this collaboration with Rice University,” she says. “Preserving my husband’s legacy is my top priority, and through this partnership, we can now ensure that Chad’s music can be studied for generations to come.”
According to the Rice University library website, the collection will also include a Grammy nomination, a copy of the original obituary from his funeral, and much more.