HAWKINS, PATRICK LAMONT [FAT PAT]
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HAWKINS, PATRICK LAMONT [FAT PAT] (1970–1998). Fat Pat, musician, rapper, and one of the original members of DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click (S.U.C.), was born Patrick Lamont Hawkins on December 4, 1970, in Houston. He graduated from Sterling High School in Houston.
Hawkins’s career took off in the mid-1990s alongside his older brother Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins), Lil’ Keke, and others as pioneers of the Screwed and Chopped phenomenon in the group S.U.C. Hawkins performed at numerous Houston nightclubs, parties, and freestyle garage sessions. He signed with Wreckshop Records and began recording his debut album.
On February 3, 1998, Hawkins was shot and killed in Houston after visiting his club promoter’s apartment to collect payment for a performance. His debut, Ghetto Dreams, with the featured single “Tops Drop,” was released by Wreckshop Records two weeks after his death. His album release party became a wake of hip-hop artists as notable rappers Scarface, Willie D, Lil’ Keke, DJ Screw, and others paid their respects. The album sold more than 20,000 copies during its first week. Later that year Wreckshop Records released a second album Throwed in da Game, which featured the single “Holla at Cha Later.”
Hawkins had highly influenced fellow Houston rappers, including Paul Wall, who named his firstborn son William Patrick Hawkins in memory of his friend. Wreckshop Records continued to release compilations and other Fat Pat tracks into the early 2000s. Tragically, other members of the Screwed Up Click suffered early deaths, including Fat Pat’s brother, Big Hawk, who was shot and killed in 2006.
“Fat Pat,” Screwston Music (http://www.screwstonmusic.com/2010/05/fat-pat/), accessed October 7, 2010. Fat Pat: Official MySpace Page (http://www.myspace.com/patricklamonthawkins), accessed October 7, 2010.
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