Big T, the Houston master of hooks whose voice you most certainly recall on the 1999 classic "Wanna Be a Baller," has died.
T—whose real name was Terence Prejean—died of an apparent heart attack, according to the Houston Chronicle. Additional details on his death have not been released. In a pair of Instagram posts Monday, Michael Dixon—a.k.a. Mike D of the influential hip-hop crew Screwed Up Click—paid tribute to T and the "Wanna Be a Baller" legacy.
Though much will (and should) be said of the impact of that impeccable "Baller" hook, T was creatively generous with his gift for choruses. He also contributed memorable vocal flourishes to noteworthy cuts from fellow Houston-born artists including C-Note, Lil' Flip, H.A.W.K., and more.
In 2001, just two years after "Baller" proved a massive hit, T dropped his 16-track Million Dollar Hooks project. The In House Entertainment release was promptly chopped and screwed. 3 Headed Monster, T's collab album with Lil Ron and Lil' Flip, dropped in 2000.
Following news of T's death, artists and fans of the Houston mainstay paid their respects on social media: