Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Pimp C (1973-2007)

Details are sparse, but as of early this afternoon tmz.com reports that Houston hip-hop legend Pimp C was found dead in his hotel bed in Los Angeles. Pimp C is best known as one half of UGK, a group he founded with best friend Bun B in 1987.

Pimp C was released from prison less than two years ago after serving 4 years for failing to complete community service after being convicted of aggravated assault. Following his release, Pimp C hit the studio and crafted 2007's Underground Kings, a remarkable 2-CD album that stays surprisingly fresh despite it's length; one of my top ten favorite albums of 2007 and a visceral part of our inaugural Hip-Hop Review.

UGK enjoyed significant success at this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards where their single "International Players Anthem" (feat Outkast) won Best Collaboration as well as Video of the Year (click here for the video).

Those who think they're unfamiliar with Pimp C have undoubtedly heard him on tracks like Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'", T.I.'s "Front Back", Three 6 Mafia's "Sippin' On Some Syrup" and countless other tracks by artists including Chamilionaire, Too-$hort, Project Pat, Ludacris, Masta-P, and Dizzee Rascal.

Check out some more somber tunes from 2007's Underground Kings below:
UGK - Gravy
UGK - Swisha and Dosha

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