Rapper Bun B knows a thing or two about health and the effects of not taking care of yourself. The now solo artist was once one-half of the group UGK with his late partner Pimp C. Pimp C passed away in 2007 as a result of the combination of a sleep apnea condition and the ingestion of a codeine-based cough syrup. At the time, UGK was at a commercial peak and two days later they received their first Grammy nomination. The death hit the hip hop community suddenly, which is why he and Chinara Butler, Pimp C’s widow, collaborated to form the Annual Chad ‘Pimp C’ Butler Hip Hop, Health & Wellness Festival.
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When speaking about the event, Bun B announced, “It’s a great opportunity to know about yourself. Find out about your body, get yourself tested and find out about the vision of my brother and his wife.”
The festival includes a number of activities and attractions including a UGK/Pimp C memorabilia exhibit, HIV/STD testing, immunizations, a Wii video console raffle and an art submission contest. All of the proceeds from the festival go to the Butler Scholarship Fund which was launched by Chinara.