On this day, June 7, in hip-hop history…

2012: Not many are familiar with Lil Phat and his brief stint in the rap game. The 19-year-old was better known for his affiliation with Webbie’s Trill Entertainment roster, which also boasted acts such as Lil Boosie, Mouse On Tha Track and Foxx. He was a solid underdog who kept grinding with consistent street anthems and hustler music tales.

Phat was gunned down in front of a hospital in Sandy Springs, Georgia last June, where his girlfriend was giving birth. In May 2013, San Francisco State guard/forward Decensae White was arrested for his alleged involvement in his murder. So far, it’s unclear how White was involved, but he joins several suspects who are now in custody.

One year later, the Baton Rouge native will always be remembered for his guest appearances. The biggest look was on Webbie’s “Independent" off his album Savage Life 2. A standout lyric: “A independent chick, do you know what that mean/She cook, she clean, never smell like onion rings.” Other highlights were his contributions on “Thuggin’” and “Showin’ Off.”

Rest in peace to Lil Phat a.k.a. Melvin Vernell III.

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