University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the HAWK Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator H.A.W.K. (Rapper)
Collection Title HAWK Papers
Dates 1998-2006
Identification 06/2010-024
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet
Alternate Extent Statement 1 box; 1 oversized poster; 99 digital files (4.2 GB)
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

HAWK, also known as H.A.W.K. or Big Hawk, was born John Edward Hawkins in Houston on November 15, 1969. Both HAWK and his brother Patrick Lamark Hawkins, known as Fat Pat, became members of the Screwed Up Click, a group of Houston area rappers centered around the work of DJ Screw. HAWK often worked with DJ Screw to contribute raps to DJ Screw’s famous gray tapes, and he collaborated with Fat Pat, DJ Screw, and others to form the group Dead End Alliance (D.E.A) and Dead End Records.

HAWK released his first solo album, Under H.A.W.K.’s Wings, with Dead End Records in 2000. In 2002, he released his second album, HAWK.

On April 9, 2006, HAWK married his longtime girlfriend, Meshah Hawkins. Shortly thereafter, in May 2006, HAWK was shot and killed. His murder is unsolved.


Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials pertaining to the life and rap career of John Edward Hawkins, or HAWK. Digital files comprise the bulk of the collection and mostly include digital photographs of HAWK and his associates at hip hop related events. The digital files also include personal family photographs of HAWK’s wedding and funeral, as well as scans of newspaper clippings pertaining to his death. All digital files were scanned from originals owned by HAWK’s family.

The collection also contains a smaller amount of physical material, including a notebook used by HAWK to record rap lyrics and his daily activities, promotional material, and the obituaries, or memorial service programs, for HAWK and his brother Fat Pat.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Digital images
Notes
Personal papers
Topical Term:
Hip-hop -- Texas -- Houston
Hip-hop -- United States -- History
Rap (Music) -- Texas -- Houston
Rap musicians -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

HAWK Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Detailed List of Contents

Notebook

Scope and Contents
The notebook includes rap lyrics and information documenting HAWK’s daily life. The original item is fragile and use of the digital surrogate is preferred; please see http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/hawk/item/189
Box Folder
1 1 Notebook
Notebook of rap lyrics by HAWK



Promotional Materials

Box Folder
1 2 Street Wize Magazine Issue 8, with “Exclusive: HAWK’s Last Interview” circa 2006
Street Wize Magazine Issue 8, with 'Exclusive: HAWK's Last Interview'
2 Incredible HAWK photograph undated
Incredible HAWK photograph



Personal Materials

Box Folder
1 3 Patrick Lamark Hawkins “Fat Pat” obituary (memorial service program) 1998
Obituary (memorial service program) for Fat Pat
3 John Edward Hawkins “HAWK” obituary (memorial service program) 2006
Obituary (memorial service program) for Big Hawk
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.3 1 Who Murdered Big HAWK poster May 1, 2006
Who Murdered Big HAWK poster



Digital Files

Scope and Contents
The digital files can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room. Please note that the filename for each digital file is indicated in the inventory. A spreadsheet with original file name information is available by contacting the curator at jgrob@uh.edu.
Promotional and Event Photographs
Item
1 Fat Pat, 2010-024_00001a.jpg–2010-024_00001b.jpg
Fat Pat
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2 Fat Pat “Ghetto Dreams” promotional photograph, 2010-024_00002.jpg
Fat Pat 'Ghetto Dreams' promotional photograph
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3 HAWK in Felony Flow shirt in front of backdrop, 2010-024_00003.jpg
HAWK in Felony Flow shirt
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4 HAWK in Original S.U.C. shirt in front of backdrop, 2010-024_00004.jpg–2010-024_00005.jpg
HAWK, back to camera
HAWK, facing camera
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5 HAWK and Lil' O, 2010-024_00006.jpg
HAWK and Lil' O
Item
6 HAWK, Lil' Keke, and Big Pokey, 2010-024_00007.jpg
HAWK, Lil' Keke, and Big Pokey
Item
7 HAWK, “Ghetto Dreams” promotional photo, 2010-024_00008.jpg
HAWK, 'Ghetto Dreams' promotional photo
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8 HAWK on the mic, 2010-024_00009.jpg
HAWK on the mic
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9 HAWK in HAWK jacket, 2010-024_00010.jpg
HAWK in HAWK jacket
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10 HAWK and Trae in HAWK jacket in front of backdrop, 2010-024_00011.jpg
HAWK and Trae
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11 Meshah Hawkins and the Boudin Man in front of Screwed Up Click backdrop, 2010-024_00012.jpg
Meshah Hawkins and the Boudin Man in front of Screwed Up Click backdrop
Item
12 Big Moe, Priority Records promotional photo, 2010-024_00013.jpg
Big Moe, Priority Records promotional photo
Item
13 Screwed Up Click members, Back row: Ira, unknown, Big Pokey, Z-Ro, Trae, MJ; Middle row: Yungstar, Meshah Hawkins, Big Moe, Lil' Keke, Brandy, unknown; Front row: Chris Ward, Lil' O, Russell, Sam, Bird, 2010-024_00014.jpg
Screwed Up Click members
Item
14 Screwed Up Click members at Screwed Up Records & Tapes, Back row: Mike D, HAWK, Big Pokey, Trae, Head, Mr. 3-2; Front row: Chris Ward, Lil' Keke, Big Moe, Lil’ O, Grace, 2010-024_00015.jpg
Screwed Up Click members at Screwed Up Records & Tapes
Item
15 “The Fellas,” Standing: unknown, Russell, Stick 1; Sitting on car: unknown; Kneeling: T-Bone; Sitting on car: Kay-K, Black, unknown; Standing: Lil' Keke, 2010-024_00016.jpg
The Fellas: Stick 1, T-Bone, Big J., Kay Kay, Zuki, Lil Ke-Ke, Black
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16 HAWK and friends, Standing: unknown, HAWK, Kay-K, T-Bone; Kneeling: unknown, Lil’ Black, 2010-024_00017.jpg
HAWK and friends
Item
17 HAWK and the Grit Boys, Standing: Scooby, Niq, HAWK, unknown; Kneeling: Starchie Archie, Pat, 2010-024_00018.jpg
HAWK and the Grit Boys
Item
18 ESG Sipping Syrup, Peter Beste Photography, 2010-024_00019a.jpg–2010-024_00019b.jpg
Item
19 HAWK in Felony Flow shirt, pointing, 2010-024_00020.jpg
HAWK in Felony Flow shirt
Item
20 HAWK on the mic, by Luxury Mindz Photography, 2010-024_00021.jpg
HAWK on the mic
Item
21 HAWK at Pen & Pixel shoot, 2010-024_00022.jpg–2010-024_00036.jpg
HAWK at Pen & Pixel photo shoot
Item
22 HAWK at Screwed Up Records & Tapes, 2010-024_00037.jpg
HAWK at Screwed Up Records & Tapes
Item
23 Lil' Keke at Screwed Up Records & Tapes, 2010-024_00038.jpg
Lil' Keke at Screwed Up Records & Tapes
Item
24 Screwed Up Click members at Screwed Up Records & Tapes, Standing: Mike D, Lil’ 3rd, Chris Ward, Trae, Head, Grace, Big Pokey; Seated: Lil’ Keke, Big Moe, Mr. 3-2, 2010-024_00039.jpg
Screwed Up Click members at Screwed Up Records & Tapes
Item
25 HAWK, Lil' O, and Big Moe, 2010-024_00040.jpg
HAWK, Lil' O, and Big Moe at car show at Reliant Stadium
Item
26 Lil’ Harvey, Ant, Man Pooh, Lil' Keke, HAWK, Trae, and Mike Frost, 2010-024_00041.jpg
Lil' Harvey, Ant, Man Pooh, Lil' Keke, HAWK, Trae, and Mike Frost
Item
27 HAWK, Trae, Jay'Ton, and Lil Boss, 2010-024_00042.jpg
HAWK, Trae, Jay'Ton, and Lil Boss
Item
28 HAWK in green jersey, 2010-024_00043.jpg
HAWK in green jersey
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29 Mike D., HAWK, and Tow Down, 2010-024_00044.jpg
Mike D., HAWK, and Tow Down
Item
30 HAWK and Papa Reu at car show, Reliant Stadium, 2010-024_00045.jpg 2004
HAWK and Papa Reu at car show at Reliant Stadium
Item
31 Big Moe and HAWK at car show, Reliant Stadium, 2010-024_00046.jpg 2004
Big Moe and HAWK at car show at Reliant Stadium
Item
32 HAWK, Lil' O, and Big Moe at car show, Reliant Stadium, 2010-024_00047.jpg 2004
HAWK, Lil' O, and Big Moe at car show at Reliant Stadium
Item
33 HAWK and Lil' Keke in front of Image Works, 2010-024_00050.jpg
HAWK and Lil' Keke in front of Image Works
Item
34 Big Moe performing at a club, 2010-024_00051.jpg
Big Moe performing at a club
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35 Big Pokey performing at a club, 2010-024_00052.jpg
Big Pokey performing at a club
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36 HAWK in front of trees, 2010-024_00053.jpg
HAWK in front of trees
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37 HAWK speaking at Career Day at [Mading?] Elementary School, 2010-024_00054.jpg–2010-024_00055.jpg
HAWK speaking at Career Day at [Mading?] Elementary School (Image 1)
HAWK speaking at Career Day at [Mading?] Elementary School (Image 2)
Item
38 Mesha and Tahj Hawkins, 2010-024_00056.jpg
Meshah and Tahj Hawkins
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39 HAWK speaking at Career Day at [Mading?] Elementary School, 2010-024_00057.jpg
HAWK speaking at Career Day at [Mading?] Elementary School
Item
40 Mac Biggers, unknown, Bleeder, HAWK, Sean Harris, and Trae, 2010-024_00058.jpg
Mac Biggers, unknown, Bleeder, HAWK, Sean Harris, and Trae
Item
41 Big Pokey and HAWK on stage, 2010-024_00059.jpg
Big Pokey and HAWK on stage
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42 HAWK on the mic at TSU arena, 2010-024_00060.jpg–2010-024_00061.jpg
HAWK on the mic at TSU Arena (Image 1)
HAWK on the mic at TSU Arena (Image 2)
Item
43 HAWK in Brooklyn jersey, 2010-024_00062.jpg
HAWK in Brooklyn jersey
Item
44 Trae and HAWK at Club Konnections, 2010-024_00063.jpg–2010-024_00064.jpg
Trae and HAWK at Club Konnections (Image 1)
Trae and HAWK at Club Konnections (Image 2)
Item
45 HAWK with Lil' Pat and Trae, 2010-024_00065.jpg
HAWK with Lil' Pat and Trae
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46 HAWK by equipment, 2010-024_00066.jpg
HAWK by equipment
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47 Unknown, unknown, Trae, Lil’ Pat, HAWK, Jay’Ton, and unknown, 2010-024_00067.jpg
Unknown, unknown, Trae, Lil' Pat, HAWK, Jay'Ton, and unknown
Item
48 Big Pokey, Trae, and HAWK, 2010-024_00068.jpg
Big Pokey, Trae, and HAWK
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49 Scarface, Momma Moe (Big Moe’s mother), HAWK, and Tahj Hawkins, 2010-024_00069.jpg
Scarface, Momma Moe (Big Moe's mother), HAWK, and Tahj Hawkins
Item
50 HAWK and Trae in jackets, 2010-024_00070.jpg
HAWK and Trae in jackets
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51 Trae, Lil' Pat, and HAWK in R.I.P. Fat Pat T-shirt, 2010-024_00071.jpg
Trae, Lil' Pat, and HAWK in R.I.P. Fat Pat T-shirt
Item
52 Big Pokey and Lil' O, 2010-024_00072.jpg
Big Pokey and Lil' O
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53 Kay-K and Fat Pat At D.E.A. Screwed for Life photo shoot, 2010-024_00073.jpg
Kay-K and Fat Pat at D.E.A. Screwed for Life photo shoot
Item
54 Big Pokey, Big Moe, and HAWK, 2010-024_00074.jpg
Big Pokey, Big Moe, and HAWK
Item
55 Chris Ward and Lil’ Keke at Kappa Beach Party, 2010-024_00075.jpg
Chris Ward and Lil' Keke at Kappa Beach Party
Item
56 HAWK, Lil’ Keke, and Lil’ Black, 2010-024_00076.jpg
HAWK, Lil' Keke, and Lil' Black
Personal Photographs
Wedding
Item
1 The Groovey Grill Mansion, 2010-024_00077.jpg April 9, 2006
Item
2 Louella “Puddin” Hawkins and Patrick “Lil’ Pat” Hawkins, 2010-024_00078.jpg April 9, 2006
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3 Barbarette Newton, aunt of the bride, 2010-024_00079.jpg April 9, 2006
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4 Flower girls, 2010-024_00081.jpg April 9, 2006
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5 Flower girls and little boy, 2010-024_00081.jpg April 9, 2006
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6 Delano Duncan Jennings, mother of the bride, 2010-024_00082.jpg–2010-024_00083.jpg April 9, 2006
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7 Minister, John "HAWK" Hawkins, and boys on porch, 2010-024_00084.jpg April 9, 2006
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8 Meshah Henderson in gown, 2010-024_00086.jpg April 9, 2006
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9 Meshah walking towards her mother, Delano Duncan Jennings, 2010-024_00086.jpg April 9, 2006
Item
10 Meshah with her mother, Delano Duncan Jennings, 2010-024_00077.jpg April 9, 2006
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11 Ceremony, 2010-024_00088.jpg April 9, 2006
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12 Minister, Meshah, and HAWK, 2010-024_00089.jpg April 9, 2006
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13 Meshah and HAWK, 2010-024_00090.jpg–2010-024_00091.jpg April 9, 2006
Funeral
Item
1 Pallbearers and cemetery employees move Fat Pat’s casket from hearse to plot, HAWK in grey jacket, 2010-024_00048.jpg February 7, 1998
Pallbearers and cemetery employees move Fat Pat's casket from hearse to plot
Item
2 Pallbearers for Fat Pat gathered around hearse at cemetery, 2010-024_00049.jpg February 7, 1998
Pallbearers for Fat Pat gathered around hearse at cemetery
Newspaper Clippings
Item
1 Houston Chronicle article, “Few clues in killing of Houston rapper,” 2010-024_00092a.jpg–2010-024_00092b.jpg May 3, 2006
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2 Houston Chronicle obituary, 2010-024_00093.jpg May 1, 2006
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3 Houston Chronicle article, “Hundreds mourn their ‘terrible loss’ at memorial service for ‘Big Hawk,’” 2010-024_00094.jpg May 9, 2006
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4 Houston Chronicle article, “Final farewell,” 2010-024_00093.jpg May 10, 2006