We smirked a little when we saw that the Times had juxtaposed the obituaries of renowned author and critic Elizabeth Hardwick and Pimp C, the seminal hip-hop artist. Could two people be more different?, we thought. But when we looked a little closer at the defining facts of their lives, we realized that actually, Pimp C and Elizabeth Hardwick are kind of the same! Well, they're not unalike. For instance:
They Had Straightforward Styles That Helped Them Define Their Genres
• Hardwick was "credited with expanding the possibilities of the literary essay, through her intimate tone and forceful logic."
• Pimp C "helped define Southern hip-hop, with his thoughtful but unapologetic rhymes about Southern street life."
They Represented an Era
• Hardwick and her husband, Robert Lowell, were, along with some other authors, "among the last of an era of rambunctious intellectuals."
• Pimp C, along with his UGK bandmate, became "godfathers of the Houston hip-hop scene."
They Rubbed Shoulders With Legends
• On her "nightly searches for good jazz in the clubs on West 52nd Street," Hardwick "got to know, among others, Billie Holiday."
• Pimp C and UGK's "biggest moment came in 2000, when Jay-Z invited both rappers to contribute rhymes to 'Big Pimpin,' one of his biggest hits."