The late Pimp C is a certified hip-hop legend, and now, he's getting his own collection at Rice University's Woodson Research Center. The collection will include handwritten lyrics, promotional items and other rare pieces of memorabilia.

Anthony B. Pinn, who is the Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University, says UGK is an important aspect of the hip-hop archive. "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," Pinn tells XXL. "One dimension of the archive involves hip-hop culture in Houston. 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."

To celebrate the opening of the Pimp C collection, Rice University is hosting "A Trill Legacy," a free panel event open to the public on Jan. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL), and it will take place at the school's Memorial Center Grand Hall. If you want to attend the event, all you have to do is RSVP via

Pimp C's wife Chinara Butler is pleased that her husband's legacy will live on at Rice. "We are so excited about this collaboration with Rice University," she says. "Preserving my husband's legacy is my top priority, and through this partnership, we can now ensure that Chad's music can be studied for generations to come."

According to the Rice University library website, the collection will also include documents from the Texas Department of Justice about Pimp C's aggravated assault arrest, a Grammy nomination, a copy of the original obituary from his funeral, and much more.

In other Pimp C-related news, it turns out the UGK rapper originally hated André 3000's verse on their incredible collaboration "Int’l Players Anthem."

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