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Review: Bun B, 'Trill O.G. The Epilouge'

November 20th, 2013 3:10pm EST
Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.
Bun B closes his Trill series superbly: “It’s over, it’s over!” Why you ask? “‘Cause the best is back… b**ch!” That’s right, veteran MC Bun B has released the fourth effort of his Trill series, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, which follows Trill (2005),  II Trill (2008) and  Trill O.G. (2010).  The highest profiled effort of the series was Trill, which arrived at a time when there was a resurgence in Texas’s rap scene.  Bun B’s impact commercially as a solo artist was never huge, but B remains an important fixture in hip-hop history and as a collaborator in my eyes.  Trill O.G.: The Epilogue is b...
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Pimp C's mother passes away

August 19th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Bun B
Late rapper Pimp C's mother has passed away, according to U.S. reports.

Weslyn 'Mama Wes' Monroe had been battling a serious illness in a Port Arthur, Texas hospital and reportedly passed away on Sunday (18Aug13).

A statement from Bun B, Pimp C's partner in the rap collective UGK, reads, "Thanks to everyone that has sent prayers and condolences. She was a great woman. Nurtured us from boys to men and made us strong enough to handle this industry.

"She was the one that kept us going when we didn't wanna go anymore. She was the backbone of UGK, the definition of loyalty, the personificati...
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Pimp C's Widow Establishes Scholarship Fund

September 4th, 2011 1:44pm EDT
UGK
The widow of rapper Pimp C is auctioning off one of the UGK star's gold record plaques to raise funds for a new scholarship established in his memory.

Pimp C, real name Chad Butler, died in 2007 after suffering an accidental drug overdose complicated by a pre-existing sleep disorder.

Chinara Butler has now announced plans to keep her husband's memory alive in the field of education.

And she is hoping to raise the cash for the fund by selling Pimp C's award for sales of "Ridin' Dirty" later this year to mark the 15th anniversary of the classic UGK album.

She tells AllHipHop.com, "Chad pu...
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Bun B Still Grieves For Pimp C

April 20th, 2009 7:57pm EDT
UGK
Rapper Bun B turned to author Joan Didion's emotional book about the loss of her husband to help him overcome the death of his UGK bandmate Pimp C. Pimp C, real name Chad Butler, died in December 2007 from an accidental overdose of codeine, combined with the medical condition sleep apnea, which he suffered from.

Bun B is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of his best pal, and admits he can relate to aspects of Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking because the friendship and professional relationship he shared with Pimp C was as deep as that between a husband and wife.

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Fight Erupts Backstage At Ozone Awards; See Winner's List

August 13th, 2008 9:19am EDT
Mike Jones
Houston, Texas rappers Trae and Mike Jones stole the show at Monday's Ozone Awards by fighting backstage before the ceremony began. Jones was punched in the fracas, and Trae was escorted from the Houston event, but appeared later to pick up his Mixtape Monster award. The fight started while the rappers were having a conversation, and Trae threw the first punch, Jones revealed.

Talking after the ceremony, Jones called Trae’s actions a publicity stunt. He says, "It was the perfect time to do this and they don't have to pay for advertising and promotion and they need that.

"He came a...
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3 Doors Down Claim Second Number-One Album

May 29th, 2008 10:17am EDT
3 Doors Down
Rockers 3 Doors Down have scored their second number one album after taking their self-titled new release to the top of the Billboard charts with 154,000 first-week sales.

It's the group's second successive number-one debut - Seventeen Days also rocketed to the top of the charts in 2005.

Rapper Bun B's II Trill came in second place with 98,000 sales, TV dancer-turned-country singer Julianne Hough's self-titled debut album enters at three.

Frank Sinatra collection "Nothing But the Best" drops from two to four on the new chart and Death Cab For Cutie's Narrow Stairs, which topp...
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Dizzee Rascal: 'Pimp C Got Me Through Hard Times'

December 14th, 2007 12:05pm EST
Dizzee Rascal
British rapper Dizzee Rascal has paid tribute to Pimp C, praising the late American hip-hop star for helping him through "hard times" when he was growing up. The 22-year-old - real name Dylan Mills - worked with Pimp C on Where's Da G's, for his latest album Maths And English.

Pimp C - real name Chad Butler - who made up UGK with partner Bun B, was found dead in his sleep in a Los Angeles hotel room on December 4th. He is thought to have died of natural causes, although autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for up to eight weeks.

Mills says, "Listening to Pimp C and ...
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Grammy Nods For Dead Performers

December 7th, 2007 4:16pm EST
UGK
Next year's Grammy Awards will be a sadder affair than usual - three artists nominated on Thursday have died. Rapper Pimp C has been given a nod in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group category for his collaboration with UGK pal Bun B on the tune International Players Anthem (I Choose You), just two days after he was found dead in a hotel room in Los Angeles. It is believed he died in his sleep of natural causes.

Elsewhere, Sergio Gomez is nominated in the Best Band Album category for his group K-Paz de la Sierra's album Conquistando Corazones. Gomez was tortured and strangled on...
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Check Out Papoose's Latest, "Bang It Out," Featuring Snoop

July 30th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Papoose
Born and raised in the notorious Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Papoose took his first jabs at being a rapper at the young age of 11. Given the name by his grandmother meaning "Indian baby", whom he resembled as a child, Papoose is the true definition of a real MC. Inspired by rap legends Rakim, Kool-G-Rap and Big Daddy Kane, he has been well respected in the underground street circuit for a long period of time now. Papoose has survived the trappings and politics of the rap industry, which uses gimmicks as well as fake street and jail images to sell records and destroy the essenc...
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Young Buck to Release Sophomore Album Next Month

February 7th, 2007 10:00am EST
Young Buck
G-Unit's Southern Soldier Young Buck will release his sophomore solo album, "Buck The World," on March 20, 2007. It's been two and a half years since the Tennessee titan released his platinum plus solo debut Straight Outta Cashville, and he is more than ready to prove it was worth the wait.

"Buck The World" is loaded with bangers like the first single "I Know You Want Me" and the rowdy follow up single "Get Buck." The album features production by some of the most talented producers in the game, Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Hi-Tek and Jazze Pha. Guest appearances include Snoop Dogg, TI, 8B...
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Ali & Gipp's "Kinfolk" Drops Dec. 12

November 20th, 2006 12:00pm EST
Ali & Gipp
Whether it's the best of both worlds or the best of both hoods, it seems like every month or so two artists from different parts of the hip-hop world are promising their fans they're going to do a whole collaborative album together. Few of them ever happen.

But neither Ali (the founding member of the St. Lunatics, the platinum selling group that put St. Louis on the map) or Gipp (who's best known as a founding member of the Dungeon Family and a member of the much imitated, never duplicated Southern hip-hop group Goodie MOB) are the type to make false promises. "Gipp and I clicked insta...
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UGK Drops Long Awaited New Album On December 19; Double Album Features 20 Brand New Tracks

November 15th, 2006 4:52pm EST
UGK
Jive recording artist UGK returns after a long hiatus with their long awaited seventh album "U.G.K. Underground Kingz." Group members Bun B and Pimp C return with a double album that features twenty new tracks.

The album lists production by UGK's own Pimp C, as well as Atlanta hit makers Jazzy Pha and Lil Jon. New York super producer Swizz Beats adds some East Coast flavor to the double package. Scarface produced 3 tracks. Pimp C's production is filled with the live instruments that always distinguishes the groups original sound. The album features a fleet of guests that includes Ri...
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UGK Drops Long Awaited New Album On December 19; Double Album Features 20 New Tracks

October 29th, 2006 9:30am EST
UGK
Jive recording artist UGK returns after a long hiatus with their long awaited seventh album "U.G.K. Underground Kingz." Group members Bun B and Pimp C return with a double album that features twenty new tracks.

The album lists production by UGK's own Pimp C, as well as Atlanta hit makers Jazze Pha and Lil Jon. New York super producer Swizz Beatz adds some East Coast flavor to the double package. Scarface produced 3 tracks. Pimp C's production is filled with the live instruments that always distinguishes the groups original sound. The album features a fleet of guests that includes Ri...
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Ali & Gipp Collaborate With Nelly, Cee-Lo, Juvenile And More On "Go 'Head"

August 16th, 2006 11:20am EDT
Ali & Gipp
"Go 'Head," the first single off Ali & Gipp's album, Kinfolk is an anthemic summer song that combines "midwest swing" with southern crunk and is produced by up and coming St. Louis native Trife. "Gipp and I started hanging out a while back and found that we had a lot in common," says Ali. "We're both considered leaders in our crews, we're fathers and even though we have different styles, we respect each other's skills." Gipp describes their collaborative effort as "the best of both worlds-- the St. Lunatics kicked off the midwest movement and Goodie Mob helped establish southern rap, that'...
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Chicago Rappers Do Or Die Return March 28 With 'Get That Paper'

March 21st, 2006 12:49pm EST
Do or Die
With ten years in the game and five albums to their credit, veteran Chicago rappers AK, Belo and Nard have done more than lived up to their namesake Do or Die. As one of the first hardcore reality rap group to emerge from the Windy City’s thriving rap scene Do or Die helped to define Chicago street rap as we know it. Although the world would come to know the three pimps swaggering MCs for “Po Pimpin’” it was actually another song called “No Love” that helped to define their rapid fire lyric spit over smoothed-out laid back tracks.

“Everybody outside of the city knows us for “Po Pimpi...
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