Jive Records Releases Statement On Pimp C
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Butler's father was a trumpet player who played professionally with Solomon Burke. Outside of his father, the 33-year old rapper's influences varied, ranging from Bobby Bland, Jimmy McGriff, the 1960's Motown artists to Run-DMC. Butler met his inseparable partner Bernard "Bun B" Freeman in high school where they formed UGK. In 1992, the duo signed to Jive Records and went on release a total of eight albums for the label. They earned their highest achievement earlier this year when their most recent album, Underground Kingz, debuted in the number one position on the album pop chart. According to the New York Times, UGK "...helped inspire a generation of Southern Hip Hop stars, from OutKast to Lil Wayne."
Bun B is not available for comment at this time.