Big T, Of “Wanna Be A Baller” Fame, Has Passed Away At Age 52
Big T, born Terence Glen Prejean, never became a household name as a Rap and singing artist. However, it is his part in 1998’s “Wanna Be A Baller” that is seemingly the best known. On Monday (May 7), Prejean died in an area hospital at age 52. While his official cause of death is pending, Billboard reports that some musical peers have suggested that Big T passed due to a heart attack.
The 20-year-old soulful hit with T’s booming, melodic chorus was an important song for Houston. Troy, whose Short Stop Records released Scarface’s first single, made his biggest splash a decade later via his album. “Wanna Be A Baller,” which dropped on Troy’s label, featured Big T as well as Screwed Up Click members Fat Pat, Big H.A.W.K., and Yungstar, as well as Short Stop’s artist Lil’ Will. Notably, Big T’s hook part of the song sampled Prince’s 1999 hit, “Little Red Corvette.”
Tragically, Big T’s death is just the latest in a string of losses related to the Top 100 hit from the platinum Sittin’ Fat Down South album single. Fat Pat was killed in Houston just months ahead of the song’s release. Pat’s brother H.A.W.K., who joined him as a member of Dead End Alliance (D.E.A.), was fatally shot in 2006. In 2016, Will died in a car accident.
In addition to his hit appearance, T worked with Lil’ Flip, H.A.W.K., and Papa Reu on his solo material, including the 2001 album Million Dollar Hooks. In mourning his friend, Flip posted online that the two were beginning work on a collaborative LP.
Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Big T.