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      R.I.P Big Hawk


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      Slain Houston Rapper Big Hawk Had No Beef & Mentored Man
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      Few clues in killing of Houston rapper
      Known as Big Hawk, the hip-hop artist was a mentor to local talent

      By KRISTIE RIEKEN
      www.chron.com/disp/story....34071.html

      The circumstances of the violent death of Houston rapper John Edward Hawkins is often documented in the lyrics of hip-hop musicians — a man gunned down, shot several times and left for dead.

      But this rapper known as Hawk was a family man who, in his music and at home, was far removed from a gun-glamorizing lifestyle, his peers said.

      And so his death Monday night is a difficult mystery for them.

      "It's got to either be a case of mistaken identity or an attempted robbery by somebody who didn't realize who they were robbing," said Paul Wall, a local peer who is now a superstar. "Hawk was all about positivity and bringing people together."

      Houston police say they have few clues in their investigation and the motive for the fatal shooting remains unclear.

      "We have no indication that it was a robbery. His vehicle was still at the scene," said Houston police spokesman John Cannon. "Investigators spoke with numerous family members who really couldn't think of anybody who would want to harm or kill him."

      The violence that is documented in hip-hop's lyrics has brought the premature death of some of the music style's most promising artists, including Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.

      Hawkins, however, was known for a smooth delivery, where his words — at times peppered with street language — showed his appreciation of his family, friends and the city's hip-hop culture.

      The recently-released song Swang is a celebration of car culture and a tribute to his brother, rapper Fat Pat (aka Patrick Hawkins), who was fatally shot eight years ago.

      John Hawkins, 36, — who was also known as Big Hawk in the local rap community — never received the national recognition that Houston hip-hop stars such as Mike Jones, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire did last year. But he was admired and adored as a mentor, collaborator and big brother to local talent from the late DJ Screw to Wall.

      Friends and family gathered early Tuesday near his home, about 10 miles north of the crime scene. The narrow, tree-lined street where Hawkins lived is dotted with single-family houses in a neighborhood adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University. He lived there with his wife, Meshah Henderson Hawkins, and their two young sons.


      'No beefs with anybody'
      Bun B. of the Port Arthur duo UGK knew Hawkins since 1994.

      "There were no chinks in this man's moral armor," he says. "Because he was a rapper there will be people who will take his death the wrong way, but he was a peaceful guy and a family man who had no beefs with anybody."

      Hawkins was gunned down about 10:45 p.m. when he went to play dominoes at a friend's home in the 12000 block of Redfern in south Houston.

      His friend wasn't there when Hawkins arrived.

      HPD officials said Hawkins went to the side of the house, where he was shot several times.

      Several people in the area told officers they heard several gunshots, but detectives haven't found anyone who actually saw the shooting.

      "The only thing we have to go on is a witness who saw a small, white compact vehicle leaving the area right after the shooting," Cannon said.

      Hawkins' friends and peers recalled his leadership during a volatile time when Houston's rap scene was divided into two antagonistic factions: Hip-hop pioneer DJ Screw's Screwed Up Click and DJ Michael Watts' Swishahouse crew.

      Recently, the two rap communities ended the feud. Now it's not uncommon for members of one crew to record with members of the other.

      Hawk had been actively performing and recording prior to his death. He's featured on the new album Restless by rapper Trae (in stores this week and which includes Swang), and last week he performed at Club Blue.


      Like a big brother
      Rapper Scooby, 23, of the GRIT Boys, spoke to him recently while Hawk was recording at MJ Studios.

      "My father wasn't around much when I was younger, but Hawk always told us that we were all his little brothers," says Scooby.

      "There was time when I was getting out of hand and he brought me back down.

      "That's who Big Hawk was."

      Chronicle reporter Mike Glenn contributed to this story.

      michael.d.clark@chron.com

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      I remember hearing about this on Tuesday on the local station here. It tripped me out.

      Another senseless act of violence. This is too much. Something has to be done.

      Keep swangin' yo' slabs with P-A-T in the great beyond, Hawk.

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