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ON THIS DAY: CHINARA BUTLER & RICE UNIVERSITY – PIMP C: A TRILL LEGACY

Where were you when you heard your very first UGK record?  Just some of the dialogue exchanged among the attendees present as Dr. Pinn & Chinara Butler (Widow of Legendary Southern Pioneer Chad “Pimp C.” Butler) prepared for the nights’ event & panelists. When surfaced that there would be a Pimp C Collection at the Woodson Research Center, Hip Hop began to celebrate its excitement thru social media, hence the notable contributions of UGK for not only representation throughout the south, but in regards to the iconic moments within rap music in its entirety. Having had the opportunity to interview Mr. Boomtown back in 2011, I remember learning more about the Port Arthur team and those candid moments that you just can’t simply google. Last night’s event is considerably another one of those, “you had to be there.”

 

I was able to gain insight throughout the evening and looked forward to having an opportunity to visit the collection in Rice’s Fondren Library which includes lyrics handwritten, contracts, artwork from fans and more! Let’s recall from L. To R. the panelist who chimed in on the key moments that shaped their personal relationship with Pimp C

E.S.G., DJ Michael Watts, Mr. Lee, Lil Keke, David Banner, Chinara Butler, Bun B with moderation by Madd Hatta 

Bun B shares how fellow pioneer & legendary DJ Screw, had first test press of “Tell Me Something Good,” and framed it like a plaque.

He spoke on their record “Pocket Full of Stones” which was featured on the, Menace II Society soundtrack, and went on to mention how the ending we saw was actually the alternate version.  Originally, it was “O-Dog” who was supposed to meet his unfortunate fate in the ending!  What a classic movie and great film none the less to be apart of.

A member within the audience asked Bun b a question that he summarizes as one he often receives regarding conspiracies surrounding Pimp C’s death, and clarified it wasn’t due to an overdose of lean.  He did address as well as Chinara, that his existing health conditions contributed to what ultimately led to his passing.

A mini documentary was shown during the ceremony which highlighted how UGK influenced the new generation with featured speakers like Asap Rocky and Scotty ATL.

 

 

David Banner elaborated more that although his death was a result of health factors, the humble conscious rapper from Port Arthur, did knowingly receive death threats due to his new social status, and the leader he had become within the community.

Banner first interacted with Pimp C by way of mail when he wrote to the rapper while incarcerated. He recalled sending pictures of new drum machines which undoubtedly led to him introducing & teaching P C how to use production equipment.

Mad Hatta, E.S.G., Mr. Lee spoke of respect, music & more, while Lil Keke went on record to say he received confidence to pursue music from U.G.K.  Michael Watts said his experience came mostly thru the radio interaction when “Pimp” would call up to the 97.9 station.

It’s thru the continuous efforts and occasions such as these that Chinara vowed in sustaining the voice of Pimp C.  The event carried over to a separate location where Deleon sponsored an evening to remember and J Prince & Chinara would share their first photo together since her becoming a widow.

Among many others in attendance were Hip Hop Recording Artist & Houston Veteran Killa Kyleon and  Billboard Charting Artist Snooti Wild.

*Event Photos & source courtesy of @gavingeorgemusic


This historical hip hop occasion may be over, but his LEGACY lives on. Be sure to stay posted to alltrillthings.com and follow @chinarabutler on social media for further updates and more #LongLivePimpC events, music, and memorabilia to be announced.

 

Purchase Pimp C posthumous album, Long Live The Pimp

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-live-the-pimp/id1055415200

You can also utilize the streaming service below to take a listen

 

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Onyx• Queen of Killeen| Songwriter | Music Professional | Executive Producer & Host of Jermaine Dupri’s Global 14 the Cut | 2014 SEA Internet Hustler of the Year

(C) Jan 2017
(P) Jan 2017

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[MIXTAPE] REVIEW: J-RENA – If The Shoe Fits

Haven’t been this excited about a full R&B female project since Candice Boyd. J-Rena has set the bar pretty high for 2017.  The mix is just simply put, amazing! I was thoroughly impressed by the compilation.  “If The Shoe Fits” is dope from start to finish, which to be honest, should be every artist’s goal when completing their project.  “J” adopts the popular model of using familiar records, then recreates them as if the instrumentation was her very own.  The perfect balance of slow, upbeat, and mellow records makes for an amazing playlist.  This just became my official car ride, cardio run, and get ready mix!  The lyrics are quite clear & concise presenting a message throughout each listed track.  Completely fitting for it’s title, and its accompanied by host Ferrari Simmons, and mixed by The Core DJs CEO Tony Neal.  You can ask me which is my favorite, but after multiple playbacks I can’t really pinpoint just one.  No one outside my circle gets this much play aside from Jeezy.  She “did that” and I’m excited about what’s next.  No further breakdown is needed.  With the vocals and the unique appropriate arrangements, it sounds like RnB is back!  Take a listen for yourself.  Straight 🔥!!

J Rena – If The Shoe Fits – Ferrari Simmons, T. Neal – Free Mixtape Download And Stream

Source: J Rena – If The Shoe Fits – Ferrari Simmons, T. Neal
Peep J-Rene’s most recent visual below!

We had an opportunity to hop on the wave before it takes off! Listen to our exclusive one on one interview with R&B’s new songstress!

Twitter: @jrenamusic

IG: @jrenamusic

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The Connect: Would You Cut The Check? [4]

Something I’ve Wanted To Share For Quite Some Time Is About Maybe Once or Twice A Year I Come Across An Unknown, Unsigned or Independent Artist Who Is By Far Incredibly Talented & Pretty Much Ready To Go! Often I Have Asked To Either Interview Or Feature Their Projects And Most Of These Same Artists Have Now Progressed Into Some Of Your Favorite Entertainers. All That Studio Time…All That Grinding..But When It All Boils Down, You Either Have It…Or You Don’t! Still Working On The Commas Needed To Activate Mission: Mogul 😉 However, Within These Upcoming Series Are Artists Whom I’d Definitely Sign A Check Towards…Would You?

 

D-Mac For The Fourth Quarter
Miami, FL

Having First Started As A Battle Rapper, D-mac Learned How To Structure His Music Properly In Order To Create Records That Showcase His Craft. Before Tory Lanez “Say It” Came About, He Released His 2014 Dear Destiny Compilation With 90s Samples. Among The Tracklist Is One Of My Favorites “The Code.”  Pay Attention To The Lyrics.

His Industry Relationships Came About Due To The Genuine Friendships That Were Established First.  He Successfully Sold Nearly A Thousand Care Packages To Fans Who Purchased His Most Recent Project “Destiny.” Seeing How This Was Accomplished Without A Promotional, I Can Only Imagine The Opportunities That Lie Ahead.  One Listen To This Artist Simply Leaves You Wanting To Hear More.

Twitter: @imdmac  IG: @dmac2r

 

Would You Cut The Check?

Yes
I Need To See A Little More
No


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*Please Note None Of The Above Mentioned Artists Are Paid Advertisements & Have No Prior Knowledge They Are Being Featured. Check Back Quarterly To See Who’s Been Added To The Series!*

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The Connect: Would You Cut The Check? [3]

Something I’ve Wanted To Share For Quite Some Time Is About Maybe Once or Twice A Year I Come Across An Unknown, Unsigned or Independent Artist Who Is By Far Incredibly Talented & Pretty Much Ready To Go! Often I Have Asked To Either Interview Or Feature Their Projects And Most Of These Same Artists Have Now Progressed Into Some Of Your Favorite Entertainers. All That Studio Time…All That Grinding..But When It All Boils Down, You Either Have It…Or You Don’t! Still Working On The Commas Needed To Activate Mission: Mogul 😉 However, Within These Upcoming Series Are Artists Whom I’d Definitely Sign A Check Towards…Would You?

 

SKNY For The Third Quarter
Minneapolis, MN

 

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His Music Is A Blend Of Energy With Creative Content. He Might Match A Couple Records With Current Waves Of Production, But I Like That He’s Able To Offer Up A Variety. Most Within Position To Sit Down For A One On One Have Already Caught Wind Of Him.  Investors, He’ll Accept Your Check…But Unless It Has The Right Amount Of 000,000s…It Doesn’t Look Like He Needs It.

A 90s Baby Who’s Familiar With Different Aspects Of The Game.  My Industry Peers I Showed Him To At The Time Heavily Agreed.  He’s Already Joined A Couple Of Tours With Notable Music Veterans Too Short & E40. I Was Introduced During DJs United Conference (2014).  Let’s Rewind Back.

Twitter: @aintyouSKNY  IG: @aintyouSKNY

Would You Cut The Check?

Yes
I Need To See A Little More
No

 

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*Please Note None Of The Above Mentioned Artists Are Paid Advertisements & Have No Prior Knowledge They Are Being Featured. Check Back Quarterly To See Who’s Been Added To The Series!*

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Hol Up: Music So Good You Forgot It Was Triflin! [1]

Have you ever been in love? I mean REAL love! (cue Queen Mary J) Co-habitation or sacred vowels of “I do?” Love when it’s right can be a beautiful thing, but even in the midst of all that beauty, judgement can be clouded. Choices will be decided. Mistakes could be made. I’m personally not a fan of cheating by any means. Why not just be single? However, I find myself more than often enjoying and singing lyrics that I ordinarily wouldn’t act on, nor condone lol. What ever happened to #respeck and #loyalty? Some of us just don’t care so choose on who you lovin wisely peeps! At any rate and whatever your stance…you have to admit that the following records are just sooooo good that you kind of forgot about the message. I DIG them all!…Let’s take a scroll shall we?
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    1. Billy Paul– “Me & Mrs. Jones” -Meeeeeeeeee aaaaannnd Mrs., Mrs. Joooones!  We got a thiiiiing goin on!  Meeting everyday at the same cafe. Still gotta be careful tho real talk. SN:  Soooo you mean to tell me the wife didn’t hear about this? Nobody saw the whip or the coffee meet ups?  She knew! lol #next
      
    2. The Manhattans– “Kiss and Say Goodbye”– After all the meetups I’ve decided it’s starting to be too much and I’ve got other  wife obligations.   Both of us have ties so its just time to hang it up.  These vocals smooth tho I know it’s gon be hard to let go. <pops collar>

              3. Shirley Murdock “As We Lay” – Lawd have mercy the morning sun done snuck up on us!  Got me running late for work.  I need time to process this.  You married too? Didn’t mean to hurt her fr fr. You still fine tho. [Kelly Price Killed This Joint]

4. Salt N Pepa“I’ll Take Your Man”– The original if I wanted him I could have him anthem…He aint even all that but don’t test me H**!

5. Joe“All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)”- Say whaaattt?  Well I’m here for it all.  He doesn’t appreciate me, and he’s taking me for granted.  I can do so much better. Thank you for reminding me that I’m worth waaay more than gold. A diamond to be specific.

6. SWV” You’re The One”- I know that you’re somebody elses’ guy….but that makes no difference to me.  She aint treating you right and God don’t make mistakes.  I think it’s time you let me show you what a real woman is…or it can be an undercover romance.  Either way, no worries boo. I got you.

7. Public Announcement f Mz. LeLee“John Doe”– So we just gonna pretend this pager and phone aint goin off?  What you got goin on?  How you come up on on this cash?  Do you love me?…this aint about my affair we talkin bout yours right now.

8. Montell Jordan“Get It On Tonite”– I’m stepping out tonight, just not with you. Now as for you…  the all white fit is always a killer.  The dance floor is the way to my heart, and baby you haven’t missed a beat.

9. Trey Songz f Mila J– “Disrespectful”- We’ve taken our situation to a whole nother level but I’m exclusively this way with you and you only.  I mean we really just dgaf*.  We have a real bond.  We running bath water. We feeding each other grapes & wine.  We paying bills.  You the Day 1 foreal.  Why am I in a relationship if it’s not you.  I’ma work on that asap!

10. TLC– “Creep”- He made me do this.  Have you seen what I look like in silk pajamas?  I know he’s cheating on me and that’s exactly why I’m not dealing with him no more like that.  I gotta get minez!!! #CLASSIC #RIPLEFTEYE

***BONUS***

N2U f Jermaine DupriBaby Mama Love- I’m not tryna be in a relationship but we gone kick it, I’ma take care of my child, keep these bills up and oh….I’m not feelin these N* around you OR my son. Chill.  (Wait…What? Definition of a double standard lol) #RIPCHRISBUCK

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Onyx• Queen of Killeen| Songwriter | Music Professional | Executive Producer & Host of Jermaine Dupri’s Global 14 the Cut | 2014 SEA Internet Hustler of the Year

(C) Oct 2016
(P) Oct 2016

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[CONCERT] Review: Why I’m Legit Excited About King Combs Tho!

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Photo Courtesy of @KingCombs Instagram

Let me first say that I was completely floored when I learned that the Bad Boy Reunion Concert decided to launch as a tour. Huge S/O to everybody who was flexing and made us all feel left out when they attended the New York joints! Rightfully so you certainly earned to. This is simply just one of those concerts you’re not allowed to miss. Primarily located in the south|west, it was only right I’d fall thru to the Las Vegas tour stop. I actually did myself one better & attended as media. I appreciate that opportunity most definitely. Thank you to the team, you know who you are! Although I wasn’t able to scream & do my Diddy dance to each set (I was working), I enjoyed every moment & thrived off the crowd’s energy around me. The DJ was live, that countdown ticker was ingenious, and we were left with surprise… after surprise… after surprise. The Notorious BIG Records with Visual Clips? Bell Biv Devoe? Shyne? DMX? Black Rob? Literally like “WHOA!” The roster in itself is simply legendary filled with nothing but timeless music. Diddy for starters. Queen Bee looked amazing. Faith’s vocals had me in awe. 112 was too smooth. Mase was the Mase we’ve always loved and you already know French had it #lit. Nelly touched down with a cameo, and I was super hype for the LOX. You had Total, Carl Thomas, the amazement just didn’t end! Now who have I missed?

Ohhhh but then Diddy decided to bring out his son, Christian, better known as “King Combs.” After he was announced to the stage, Diddy proceeded to let his son know he’d have to earn our respect & admiration. There were several thousands of us, a complete sold out arena in attendance.  I’m proud to say that he did just that! Combs, of course, easily reminds you of a Puff in his much younger days. I’m literally referring to the wardrobe and all. His brother Justin accompanied him for an energetic performance that I don’t think any of us saw coming. I had a slight glimpse from the BET Red Carpet this year, but the kid turned it up a few notches! The record was catchy, his stage presence was phenomenal, and the dance set made the entire audience erupt in applause & praise. He actually hit us with the choreographed moves just like a true entertainer, all the while holding the microphone with ease. Not a missed bar or step in sight. Call me crazy but…I’m actually enjoying this young artist a lot more with each performance.  I can’t wait for the new music to drop!  I think we can all agree that we would willingly pay for a well put together set such as Combs on any given day. There is nothing more exciting and refreshing than an artist enjoying the stage, doing what their primarily in business to do…invoke the appropriate emotion and Entertain!

Major salute to the Bad Boy 2.0 (can I call it that lol?) & King Combs. I look forward to the new music and the greatness that is sure to follow. He’s got some big shoes to fill among that label both past & present. From what I’ve personally seen, I’m more than confident he can get the job done & more! #MajorMoves


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Onyx• Queen of Killeen| Songwriter | Music Professional | Executive Producer & Host of Jermaine Dupri’s Global 14 the Cut | 2014 SEA Internet Hustler of the Year

 

 

(C) Oct 2016
(P) Oct 2016

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