On Tuesday night (Jan 31), a packed auditorium of hip-hop fans and a panel of musical legends gathered at Rice University to discuss the life and lasting musical legacy of Chad Butler.

Pimp C: A Trill Legacy, celebrated the creation of the Pimp C Collection in the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library. The collection, part of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Hip-Hop Archive at the Woodson. The collection includes several documents and promotional items including handwritten lyrics and contracts to promotional flats for the rap group Underground Kingz (UGK).

Attendees enjoyed an in-depth discussion led by KBXX 97.9 The Boxx Morning Show Host Madd Hatta, and featured panelist Bun B, Chinara Butler, David Banner, Lil Keke, producer Mr. Lee, DJ Michael 5000 Watts, and E.S.G. The panelist shared stories about Pimp C, discussed his impact on hip hop and pop culture, and gave insight into their individual relationships with the late emcee.

The evening concluded with a reception at Houston’s posh Lumen Lounge, curated by DeLeon Tequila Lifestyle Specialist Yvonne Guidry. J. Prince, Sr, Snootie Wild, and Killa Kyleon were among the many special guests on hand to celebrate Pimp C at the private event. Guests enjoyed an open bar featuring specialty cocktails Long Live the Pimp, The Underground Queen and Sweet James Jones, created by P. Diddy’s brand in honor of the legend.

The amazing experience was presented by Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), Changing Communities Movement (CCM) Foundation, UGQ Enterprises, DeLeon Tequila and Kreative Kollective.

Pimp C’s widow, Chinara Butler, expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of love and support saying, “I am so grateful for the opportunity presented by CECRL and Dr.Pinn to ensure Chad’s legacy has a home for generations to come. The outpouring of love from many of Chad’s close friends​, ​colleagues, and the Trill Fans​, ​​who packed the house out, has given me life.”

Long live the Pimp!

Thank you, Kreative Kollective for the scoop!