Brother of the late rapper, Fat Pat—who was shot and killed in 1998— Hawk, whose real name is John Edward Hawkins, was fatally gunned down on May 1st, 2006 while waiting for a friend in Houston’s south side area. Though there’s been no motive or news on any suspects regarding the tragedy, the rapper’s life continues to be celebrated.
Throughout his career, Hawk was able to hold down the Screwed Up Click—home to Lil Flip, Z-Ro and Big Pokey at the time— following the death of the legendary DJ Screw, eventually earning the moniker Five Star General of the S.U.C. Well-respected by many in Houston, he released a total of three albums including Under Hawk’s Wings (2000), HAWK (2001)—which reached No. 45 on Billboard‘s Rap & R&B charts—and Wreckin’ 2004 (2004) with Lil Keke. One of his last hits was alongside Trae the Truth on the fellow H-Town native’s 2005 single, “Swang.”
“Pop my trunk for Fat Pat’s death/I would give my last breath if I could bring you back /Bring Screw back/A matter of fact/Bring the whole crew back!”
Survived by his wife and two children, Hawk’s legacy is far from forgotten.—XXL Staff