Patrick Lamark Hawkins, better known by his stage name Fat Pat was a southern rapper from Houston, Texas that has impacted the culture of southern hip hop.
Hawkins’s career took off in the mid-1990s alongside his older brother Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins).Hawkins performed at numerous Houston nightclubs, parties, and freestyle garage sessions. To help further the impact of his powerful Southside movement he created with the Screwed up click, he signed with Wreckshop Records and began recording his debut album Ghetto Dreams.
To put his significance into perspective, he was to Houston what The Notorious B.I.G. was to Brooklyn. Fat Pat would go on to become one of Houston’s most fabled artists. He was already a living rap legend within the city, and his debut album Ghetto Dreams was set to catapult him to heights never seen before.
On February 3, 1998, Hawkins was shot and killed in Houston after visiting his club promoter’s apartment to collect payment for a performance.The album sold more than 20,000 copies and still went on to become an iconic piece of history in not only Houston, but the hip hop industry itself.
Later that year Wreckshop Records released a second album Throwed in da Game, which featured the single “Holla at Cha Later and continued to release compilations and other Fat Pat tracks into the early 2000s.
His influence inspired upcoming southern artist in Houston to stay independent and forever stay true to the path he and other screwed up click members have made for the new southern hip-hop scene. Although the passing of fat pat was one of the souths biggest losses,19 years later his name and music still draws enormous crowds at festivals and concerts like he never left.
Ghetto Dreams is the First album by southern rapper Fat Pat.
Throwed in Da Game
Throwed in da Game is the second album by southern rapper Fat Pat.