Nearly 10 years after hip hop mourned his tragic death, Rice University announced that it will honor the late Pimp C by archiving artifacts from his life. The university's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning has reportedly acquired numerous items of promotional value, as well as personal artifacts that it will begin exhibiting on January 31.
According to the CERCL's founding director Anthony B. Pinn, fans of the UGK rapper will be taken for a trip down memory lane through the library's featuring of rare concert footage, sheets filled with handwritten lyrics, and documentation of UGK's Grammy nomination. Those who might not have been familiar with Pimp C will not only be introduced to his legacy through memorabilia and musical content, but will get to learn about the man behind the artist. Pinn confirms that the center will also be displaying paperwork detailing his run in with the law, from the Texas Department of Justice, along with an original copy of his obituary.
Pinn says the creation of the archive has all to do with recognizing the rich cultural contributions Houston's artists have made to the city, starting with Pimp C. “The CERCL archive is committed to preserving the historical and cultural memory of Houston, and in this way helping to recall how Houston fits into national conversations and developments. One dimension of the archive involves hip-hop culture in Houston," said Pinn. "A vital component of the history of Hip-Hop in Houston involves UGK, and so we are delighted to include Pimp C in the archive. His materials shed additional light on the importance of Houston the the global development of Hip-Hop.”
Last week one of the nation's most celebrated Ivy League schools made headlines for it's own acknowledgement of Hip Hop history, when producer 9th Wonder announced that he had been chosen to select works to be archived in the prestigious Harvard Library. He listed albums by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar as the first four artifacts to be featured.
Rice University will officially unveil the Pimp C archive with a panel called "A Trill Legacy."