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Hip Hop legend Bun B readies for highly anticipated sophomore solo album II Trill due on April 29th



Hip Hop Legend Bun B and one half of the award winning duo UGK readies for the debut of his highly anticipated sophomore solo album, II Trill, which will be released on April 29th courtesy of Rap-A-Lot/Asylum.

Upon the heels of success with UGK’s 2007 seventh album release of the 26-song, two-CD set, UGK (Underground Kingz) which claimed the #1 spot in the country and presented the duo with two Grammy nominations for the soulful smash hit “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” featuring Outkast, Bun will finally introduce the follow-up to his critically acclaimed and Gold Certified debut solo effort, Trill which was released in 2005 and peaked at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.

II Trill will include guest features by artists that include Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, 8 Ball and MJG, David Banner, Rick Ross, Z-Ro, Mya, Mike Jones and Slim Thug. The Houston rapper also collaborated with hitmakers Mister Lee, Scott Storch, Jazzy Phae, Bigg Tyme, Black Out Movement, Clinton Sparks, Enigma and Chops to name a few.

Currently on a national promotional tour to promote II Trill and its first single, a JR Rotem produced track titled “That’s Gangsta” featuring Sean Kingston, Bun B is partnering with Microsoft Zune on a series of promotional events and programs focused on making a more direct connection with his fans through a strong presence on the road, at retail, and on Zune digital platforms. While on the road, he will be making appearances at several Boys & Girls Clubs . Bun is also a part of Zune Social, an online music community where he is able to share his experience on the road and interact with music lovers.

Bun B tour dates are as follows (subject to change):
Feb. 29th – Fayetteville, NC @ The Palace
Mar. 1st – Richmond, VA @ High Lights
Mar. 2nd – Washington DC @ Platinum Night Club
Mar.3rd – 4th New York, NY Press/Promo
Mar. 5th – Cleveland , OH @ Boys & Girls Club and Metropolis
Mar. 6th – Indianapolis, IN @ Lilly Unit Boys & Girls Club
Mar. 7th – Detroit, MI @ Zoo Bar
Mar. 8th – Cincinnati, OH @Club Annies
Mar. 9th – 10th Chicago, @ IL Venue TBA
Mar. 12th – 13th Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
Mar. 14th – San Antonio, TX @ East Side Boys & Girls Club
Mar. 15th – Houston, TX @ Club Levels
Mar. 20th – Oklahoma City, OK @ Venue TBA
Mar. 21st – Kansas City, MO @ Venue TBA
Mar. 22nd – St. Louis, MO @ Mathews Dickey Boy & Girls Club
Mar. 26th-28th – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Mar. 29th San – Francisco, CA @ Venue TBA
Mar. 30th – Oakland, CA @ Venue TBA

As one half of the duo, UGK, Bun B along with his long time friend, Pimp C put the south on the map in 1988 with their first album release The Southern Way. Since then, after two decades, the Port Arthur, TX natives and award winning pair have maintained a presence in the music world with seven major label released albums, mixtapes, indie releases and cameos on numerous prominent artists’ tracks. In 2000, they made a high-profile appearance on Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin.” In 2005, Bun released his first solo album Trill. The gold-certified CD debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and peaked at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. Bun is currently gearing up for his sophomore solo album, II Trill which will be released April 29, 2008.

Jive Records Pimp C statement

Jive Records Statement:

It is with great sadness that Jive Records announces the passing of Chad “Pimp C” Butler, a member of the celebrated rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz). Jive Records’ President and CEO Barry Weiss states: “We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront. He will be missed and our prayers remain with his family and Bun B. I’ve known Chad since he was 18, and we loved him dearly and he was a cherished member of the Jive family.”

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, UGK (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.

Pimp C Found Dead in Hollywood Hotel Room

Pimp C Dead

Pimp C, real name Chad Butler, was found dead this morning in his room at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. He was fully clothed and lying on his side on top of the bed. No drugs were found in the room, TMZ is reporting. An autopsy will be performed and toxicology results will be available in six to eight weeks.

Rick Martin, Pimp C’s manager, released the following statement:

This morning saw the loss of a man that was not only a client, but a very dear friend at a time when he had the most to live for. He was my best friend and I will always love him.

Chad’s tragic passing leaves behind mourners the world over, including his mother, wife and children whom Chad loved more than anything. An official cause of death has yet to be determined.

I was so very proud of Chad and the growth he has shown since his release from prison; as an artist and business man and as a person. As one half of the legendary Texas group UGK, Chad was finally seeing the results of the years of love and labor that he and Bun B have put in over the years, culminating in the tremendous success of their album, Underground Kingz. Chad was set to soar with not only a new solo deal on Jive Records, but a lucrative publishing deal, a new satellite radio show, several group projects and a national cologne endorsement. Chad had everything to live for, making his unexpected passing a travesty.

Right now, my number one concern is the well being and livelihood of his family who are the ones most deeply affected by this loss. All efforts will be made to ensure that they are properly cared for in this tragic time and beyond.

As Chad’s friend and manager, and on behalf of his family and those closest to him, we ask that you, the press keep reports of his passing to tributes to his amazing contributions as an artist and wait for the facts surrounding his death to come to light. Please let us all remember Pimp C as the kind and warmhearted man and rap music pioneer that he was.

Thank you,

Rick Martin / FM2 Inc.

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