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It’s ironic that on December 4, a day we celebrate the birth of an MC many consider the GOAT, we also lament the lost of another star in his own right. Six years ago today, Hip-Hop lost one of it’s most polarizing figures in Chad “Pimp C” Butler, one half of rap duo UGK.

The Port Arthur, Tex. native was many things in and outside of music culture. Of the latter, his talents could not be denied. Pimp’s duties included producing, mixing and mastering much of UGK’s music. And that’s without mentioning his affinity for utilizing melody in his rhymes and choruses in a way much different than the culture was accustomed to. Sound familiar, doesn’t it?

Nevertheless, Pimp had a presence like none other. That can be seen in how he’s influences wordsmiths that hail from places near and far from the Lone Star State.

See a list of MCs, both veterans and newcomers, that took a page out of Pimp C’s book on their road to fame in the gallery after the jump.

Photo: Pimp C

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