Houston, TX – Houston rap staple Big T has reportedly passed away after suffering a heart attack. According to the Houston Chronicle, Mike D of the Screwed Up Click was the first to report his passing on Monday (May 7).
Big T, who famously contributed the hook to Lil Troy’s 1999 hit “Wanna Be A Baller,” was often referred to as “The Million Dollar Hook Man.”
In an Instagram post, Mike wrote, “I’m so sick of saying Rest In Peace to my peers. DAM!!! Rest ez big dawg #ripBigT #milliondollarhookman #wannabeaballer y’all pray for his family please. They need us right now!!!”
Another one of his Houston rap peers, Lil Flip, also took to social media to express his shock and sadness. As he explains in the caption, the two were working on a collaborative album at the time of his death.
“MAN BIG T ALWAYS CAME THRU 4 ME AND SUNG HOOKS 4 ME!!” he wrote. “MAN WE WAS ABOUT TO START ON OUR #LILFLIPANDBIGT ALBUM.”
WHAT A DAY????MY BIG BRO @bigtee.tp95 AKA #BIGT #THEMILLIONDOLLARHOOKMAN JUST PASSED AWAY?????????? DIS SHIT CRAZY MAN… DIS DA 3RD PERSON I LOST WITHIN THE LAST 7 DAYS?????MAN BIG T ALWAYS CAME THRU 4 ME AND SUNG HOOKS 4 ME!! MAN WE WAS ABOUT TO START ON OUR #LILFLIPANDBIGT ALBUM??????????? MAN IM GO MISS U BRO. ME U AND @bigshasta713 WAS ABOUT 2 DO ANOTHER #3HEADEDMONSTER MIXTAPE…. I APPRECIATE U SINGING ON 8 SONGS ON MY #kinglife?? ALBUM AND SINGING ? ON ALL MY OTHER ALBUMS AS WELL…. WE GO MISS U BRO…. GLAD WE GOT 2 PERFORM #INTHEHOUSE 2GETHER FOR DA LAST TIME IN #BEAUMONT & IN #WACO ????????????????????????????MAN IM NOT GO BE ABLE TO SLEEP 4 A FEW DAYS!!! #RIPBIGT?? MR #WANNABEABALLER
Yungstar, who was featured on “Wanna Be A Baller” alongside Fat Pat, Lil’ Will, H.A.W.K. and Big T, paid his respects on Instagram with a video as well.
With Big T’s passing, Yungstar is the only surviving artist who appeared on the original track. Although it was Lil Troy’s album, he didn’t actually contribute any vocals to the song.
“Wanna Be A Baller” was included on Lil Troy’s debut album Sittin’ Fat Down South, which peaked at #70 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Big T released albums of his own throughout the ’90s and 2000s, including 2000’s Power Move and 2001’s Million Dollar Hooks.
Fans and fellow members of the Houston rap community paid their respects on social media, including Paul Wall and Lil Keke.
Check out the reactions below.
Rip Big T ????
— Paul Wall (@paulwallbaby) May 8, 2018
RIP Big T condolences and prayers to your family https://t.co/qKHE0s2Ibk
— Lil Keke (@DonKe713) May 7, 2018
— POINT BLANK 713 (@POINTBLANK713) May 7, 2018
— Chris Ward (@ChrisWizzzard) May 7, 2018
— Dj Candlest?ck ???? (@candlestickem) May 7, 2018
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) May 7, 2018
RIP Big T, Texas loves you
— Thatpart_H (@xjustjuice) May 8, 2018
Can’t believe this shit true mane ?.. im over here hurting.. my boy gone man… RIP Young Don ? pic.twitter.com/NKfy61BpXd
— Woodrow Wilson III (@BigPlastic1) May 8, 2018