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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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The Connect: Should I pay $1,000 for an 8 minute slot at SXSW?

So upon posting a Facebook status, that simply stated, “Artists…Please don’t pay a $1,000 for a 8 minute slot this SXSW season,” I noticed it caused quite the uproar but in the most empowering way. I’m not big on “likes,” but this one immediately climbed & prompted dozens of shares as well as inboxes. There were only 2 or 3 who genuinely wanted to know why they shouldn’t. Mind you these are not official SXSW stages. My initial response was to counter that with a, “Why would you?”

You see every year we go through this. “We” as in Texas residents. We watch out of towners come in with no invite needed, the price gouging in hotels go from $99 to $349, and so on and so forth. We get it and totally understand. What newcomers have been failing to realize is that SXSW has been going on for decades. Not only is it an amazing international festival, but it embodies a lot more than just music. It’s literally about 3 weeks of non stop panels, workshops, networking, exhibits, symposiums, showcases, including interactive, film. This is wonderful for the city of Austin and its surrounding areas hence people travel from all over the world to take part in said activities. Basically, there’s hundreds of thousands in attendance.

With all of that being said, what I’ve also noticed is the routine ritual of artists willing to risk their budgets on showcases that have failed to do anything but what your local talent karaoke bar could service. Some “promoters” (not all) will offer you at the very least a non-sufficient sound system, and a slot. No plan in place in which you are somewhat prepared to know when or if you will even perform. You can also forget about a deposit because the entire fee will need to be paid upfront and in full. If for whatever reason you do miss your performance due to no fault of your own, chances are slim to none that you’ll actually receive your money back in its entirety. Some of these hosts actually needed that to cover the cost of the venue alone. In a way, that’s actually kind of fair. It’s simply the risk you take. If you have it to just throw and see what sticks, how about you and I talk later. I seriously need to arrange a meeting with your advisor because clearly we all need to be more like you. It has been said that the rich stay rich based on their financial decisions. I’m working towards wealth.

The other routine checklist is to press up thousands of CDs, only for those same CDs to be covered on the grounds of 6th street. I cannot tell you how many I’ve walked and hobbled over almost cutting my heel from all of the broken up pieces. People are simply not there looking to pocket your latest and greatest compilation or volume 5 series. Sad but very much true. This is not to discourage you from having any promotional material at all. I would just try to focus on fostering a conversation with your potential fans before throwing a cd and flyer their way. They have nowhere to put the 100+ amount they receive. In fact it’s quite impossible, believe me I have tried. Assemble a team with hopes of doing something different. Why not press up those thin sling back backpacks with your “@” name printed and give those away? Who doesn’t want or need a bag to toss over their shoulder? That gem was free on me.

I could go in and on a lot further about it all but it’s highly unnecessary. More than likely you have your mind made up and I’m really not here to try to tell you how to spend YOUR money. Here’s the key takeaway from this non-structured article. When it comes to paying a $1000 or less, simply do your research and assess the value of the performance package. Pull the resume & ask questions. How many minutes? Are there scheduled events taking place at the same venue that could overlap the one you’re participating in? Is there a sound check? Can I sell my merchandise? Is there a dress code? Do my guests need an valid ID? Let’s just be real about it all. Also think about ways to follow up and build once the event is over, assuming it was not a talent search to begin with. Let’s do more this year then simply say, I’m performing at SXSW. Where are you performing? What is the goal? Will you regret spending and are you really willing to risk for your career what it takes? Yes, losses are inevitable but that doesn’t mean you have to go in sideways and blind sighted. Look into several different places or to spread your budget around to get the most bang for your buck!

Now after all of this I’m sure your wondering since I seem to know it all, what can I recommend? Well I can assure you that I do not, lol. Trial, error, and observation. Yet and still, I most certainly wouldn’t leave you hanging. For the full breakdown on how I’ve come to these selections in particular, feel free to contact me directly. If you have a showcase you think should be considered please feel free to do the same. If you’re already a well established artist or brand this article most likely isn’t for you, however you may still find a reputable place to display your talent within the options below. Thank you for stopping your day for a quick read! 🙂

Here’s my list:
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•For a list of OFFICIAL #SXSW Stages as well as more information access their website directly at www.sxsw.com• Access Core DJ Hella Yella’s OFFICIAL SXSW Event Schedule! You’re Guaranteed To Enjoy Anything He’s Apart Of! DJ Hella Yella

 

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) Feb 2016
(P) Feb 2016

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