UGK Affiliate & Convicts Co-Founder Mr. 3-2 Shot & Killed In Houston
Rapper Mr. 3-2 has been a Houston, Texas Hip-Hop mainstay for more than 25 years. In addition to co-founding The Convicts with Big Mike, and being an official member of Screwed Up Click and Blac Monks, 3-2 has appeared on several critically acclaimed albums. The 44 year-old man born Christopher Barriere was shot and killed Thursday night (November 10) in his hometown.
According to KPRC, Barriere was killed during an apparent argument among four men who arrived at a Southwest Houston Exxon station in the same vehicle. The unnamed driver is believed to be the shooter, who fired upon Barriere and fled the scene. Moments later, the driver returned and shot another previous passenger in the face. A witness was struck during one of the shootings. In addition to Barriere’s death, two were injured and hospitalized. The driver fled the scene and as of this weekend, remains at large.
The Convicts were an early Rap-A-Lot Records group formed by 3-2 and New Orleans, Louisiana’s Big Mike. They released their lone, self-titled album in 1991, including the single “1-900-Dial-A-Crook.” The song, featuring Geto Boys and Rap-A-Lot’s founder James Prince (aka Lil J) would later inspire Jay Z’s “1-900-Hustler” possé cut in 2000. The Convicts would also work with Death Row Records (listen below) and relocate to California during Dr. Dre’s recording of The Chronic, though no material was even officially released. Shortly after, Mike replaced Willie D in the Geto Boys, prompting 3-2 to eventually form G-Funk-tinged act Blac Monks with Awol and Da. In 1994, they released their debut, Secrets Of The Hidden Temple on Rap-A-Lot. Later, 3-2 (aka Tré Deuce) joined DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click. He would be part of S.U.C. offshoot Southside Playaz, which released several independent albums in the late 1990s.
During this time, 3-2 stayed in the brightest light through feature work. He appeared on Geto Boys’ label possé cut “Bring It On,” as well as 1996 UGK single “One Day” and cult hit “Fuck My Car.” He was also featured on albums by Scarface, Trae Tha Truth, Big Moe, Celly Cel, and Fat Pat. In 2008, Mr. 3-2 released the album, Fatt Domino.
Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Mr. 3-2.
#BonusBeat: An unreleased demo of Snoop Dogg and The Convicts’s “Playin’ 4 Keeps”:
This is believed to be produced by Warren G.