Various Houston-based artists will be holding tribute concerts for slain rapper Big Hawk this weekend.
As SOHH previously reported, Big Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) was shot and killed near a friend’s home in south Houston on May 1. According to authorities, Hawk had gone to his friend’s house to play dominos but when he got there his friend wasn’t home. Hawk then went to the side of the house, where he was shot multiple times and succumbed to his wounds.
A day after Hawk’s death, Houston authorities would reveal that they had no motives or suspects but believed he was shot by one person. His murder remains unsolved.
Hawk’s death came as a major surprise to many in the Houston rap community who described the rapper as a “kind person” and “a big brother and mentor to Houston’s local talent.”
“Out of all the people I’ve met in this business, he was one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve come across,” local rapper/ R&B singer Versy told The Bryan College Station Eagle. “He showed me a lot of love when he didn’t have to.”
Versy, who will be performing at the tribute concerts, collaborated with Big Hawk on her song “Boppa Shine” which they was recorded last year.
“It’s sad to think he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she added. “It was such an honor to have known someone who was so high up there in the game.”
The first tribute concert will take place at The Bend in Bryan, Texas on Friday (May 19). Screwed Up Click members Lil’ KeKe and Big Pokey will headline the concert and J. Kapone will also perform. The concerts will then travel to Conroe, Texas and Austin, Texas on Saturday (May 20) and Sunday (May 21).
In related news, Hawk will be featured on fellow Houston rapper Trae’s upcoming Restless album. Set for release on June 27 via Rap-A-Lot Records, Restless will feature appearances from Bun B, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Mya and Jim Jones.