John Edward Hawkins (November 15, 1969 - May 1, 2006), better known as H.A.W.K.
or Big Hawk was an American rapper from Houston, Texas and a founding member of
the late DJ Screw's rap group the Screwed Up Click. He started rapping in 1992
when Fat Pat took him to DJ Screw's house, an upcoming mixtape producer and DJ
in the southern area of Houston. In 1994 Hawk, Fat Pat, DJ Screw, Lil' Keke and
Koldjack, collaborated to form the group D.E.A. and Dead End Records (named for
the dead end block of Martin Luther King Blvd where Hawk grew up in Houston).
In late 1998 D.E.A. released an original independent album entitled, 'Screwed For Life'
featuring Lil' Keke, Big Pokey and the rest of the S.U.C. After the deaths of Hawk's
brother (Fat Pat) and DJ Screw and the incarceration of many others SUC members, Hawk's
ultimate mission and goal became keeping the 'Ghetto Dream' alive.
In 1999 Hawk participated in a Southside Playaz compilation album titled 'You Got Us
Fuxxed Up,' with Mike D, Claydoe and other members of the S.U.C. Hawk released his
solo album, "Under Hawk's Wings" on Dead End Records in 2000 and had recorded with
Lil' Flip, Lil' Keke, Big Moe, Z-Ro and was featured on the Lil' Troy hit "Wanna Be
A Baller." Big Hawk appeared on numerous mixtapes from artists in the Houston
underground rap scene. After Screw's death in 2000, he was the main person responsible
for keeping the S.U.C. together, so much so that his nickname was the Five Star
General of the Screwed Up Click. He collaborated with Lil' O on the smash hit,
'Back Back' Next, he partnered with Game Face Records in 2002 and released his first
album under his label Ghetto Dreams Ent., self-titled, 'HAWK.' With the hit song,
'U Already Know,' the album charted the Billboard?s list of top R&B and Rap Albums
at no. 45. It was at Game Face Records where Hawk met and clicked with a young up
and coming group called the GritBoyz and an artist named Starchy Archy. Hawk and
Ghetto Dreams Ent. teamed up with Presidential Records in 2003 to release 'A Bad
Azz Mix Tape Vol. II.' A year later he and Lil' Keke teamed up to release
'Wreckin 2K4' with Presidential Records as well. It was around this time when
the original S.U.C. members, along with M.J. (of Southside Studios) started
collaborating on a group/compilation album titled 'The Takeover.' Trae tha Truth
made an album dedicated to BIG HAWK called Life Goes On.
Hawk was featured on the popular single "Swang" by Trae that included a tribute
to Fat Pat in 2005. In 2006, Hawk, along with Clint Dempsey of the U.S. National
Soccer team recorded a song for Nike's "Joga Bonito" World Cup soccer promotion
called "Don't Tread". He was part of Pepsi's Yahoo! "Houston Mic Pass" with Lil'
Flip, Chamillionaire, Trae, Chingo Bling, Bun B, Short Dawg, Magno and Mike D.
Since his death, Hawk has been featured on several tracks including Lil O's "I Do"
single, "Down In Texas" off of the 2008 A.B.N. album It Is What It Is, and Big Unk's "I'ma Beast" to name a few.
On November 11, 2011 two posthumous singles were released called "Somebody Who Loves You" and "Praise God."
On May 1, 2006, Hawkins, 36, was shot to death outside of 12127 Redfern Drive, Houston, TX.