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December 10th – Common releases his fifth album, “Electric Circus”, on MCA Records, on this day in 2002.

The ambitious and eclectic album’s title was influenced by a 1968 Rolling Stones TV special.

The album cover was influenced by the 1967 Beatles classic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Some of the celebrities seen on the cover included, Jimi Hendrix, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Black Thought, Big Daddy Jane, Prince, Chris Webber, The Last Poets, Assata Shakur, Richard Pryor and countless more.

“Electric Circus” contained the hit single “Come Close”, featuring Mary J. Blige.

“Electric Circus” featured production by Questlove, The Neptunes, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Jeff Lee Johnson, Karriem Riggins and the late, great J Dilla.

“Electric Circus” also featured guest appearances by Prince, Erykah Badu, Vinia Mojica, Cee-Lo Green, Bilal, Sonny Sandovol, Dart Chillz, Jill Scott, Pharell, Omar and Laetitia Sadler.

“Electric Circus” would feature hip-hop, rock, pop, electronic, psychedelic and neo-soul influences.

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From Wikipedia.org...

Chad Lamont Butler - (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper, singer, and producer. Pimp C was best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the Underground Kingz (UGK).

Butler formed the rap group Underground Kingz (colloquially known as UGK) with best friend Bernard "Bun B" Freeman. In 1987, Jive Records signed UGK and released Too Hard to Swallow, followed by the critically acclaimed Super Tight. The group's third album,Ridin' Dirty, reached #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and their momentum was continued with features on the popular singles "Big Pimpin'" with Jay-Z and "Sippin On Some Syrup" by Three 6 Mafia. UGK's fourth album, Dirty Money, was distributed in 2001.

Due to Butler's incarceration in 2002, UGK would not release another studio album until 2007's Underground Kingz, which included the hit "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)", featuring Outkast.

Pimp C was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles on December 4, 2007. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, Butler suffered respiratory depression due to an overdose of promethazine and codeine coupled with a preexisting sleep apnea condition. Like many other Southern rappers, Pimp C frequently referenced the recreational consumption of "syrup" (also known as Purple Drank) in his music.

The funeral was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Texas on December 13, 2007. Port Arthur mayor Deloris Prince, Pimp C's mother Weslyn Monroe, and fellow UGK member Bun B were among the speakers at the service, and the eulogy was delivered by pastor Dr. John R. Adolph. Attendees included many fellow luminaries of the Houston rap scene: Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Big North, Bi-Bi, Willie D, Big Gipp, and Webbie.

Bun B continues to pay tribute to Pimp C through his music, including the tracks "You're Everything," a collaboration with Rick Ross, David Banner, and 8Ball and MJG, and "Pop It 4 Pimp" which was produced by Mouse and featured Juvenile and Webbie off of Bun B's 2008 album II Trill. Bun B released the final UGK album, UGK 4 Life, in 2009. UGK 4 Life had been recorded, for the most part, in the time frame between their previous album and the passing of Pimp C.

Nicki seen here at Elton John's party Photo Cred: JustJared.com

Nicki Minaj was born on December 8! TMZ got Nicki on her way into Philippe Beverly Hills for her celebration. While we are positive that 1) her pink lambo is thee ish and utter truth, and 2) she kicked it for her 31st, we are still left wondering what the cake tasted like...

Take a look at this cake y'all...

Nicki Minaj -- BREAST BDAY CAKE EVAHH!! - Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe

Jaime Foxx celebrates his 45th on December 13th, but it looks like we might have a sneak peek at what he'll be celebrating next year.

Take a look at a clip from "Annie" set to be released through Sony pictures December 2014 in association with Jay-Z and directed by none other than Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

This brings back so many memories and we can't wait to see this one...

*We don't own this photo/vid BTW

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