Thanks to DJ Screw and his Screwed Up Click, Houston’s rap scene rose to the top among late nineties Southern rap. An early member and collaborator was Mr. Fat Pat (or P.A.T), nee Patrick Lamont Hawkins, who went to Sterling High with Screw. The two were buds through thick and thin and slowly built the Screwed Up Click to underground prominence.
Fat Pat released Ghetto Dreams in 1998, and its single “Tops Drop” scored at number five in the US rap charts. Riding the wave he quickly put out Throwed In Da Game. An Austin promoter and notorious drug dealer known on the streets as Weasel (his real name is Kenneth Eric Watson) failed to pay the Screwed Up Click for a show, but taped, filmed, and hustled it without permission.
Shortly thereafter Weasel’s safe house was robbed, and he suspected Fat Pat had something to do with it—a payback of sorts. Fat Pat denied it and said he was no longer in the game—strictly music from now on.
A little later Weasel invited Fat Pat to an apartment under the pretense to pay him for the show. “I’m like, don’t mess with that cat,” Screw said later in an interview. Fat Pat went to the meeting anyways, and Weasel killed him with a shot in the head. DJ Screw: “Basically, because he thought Fat Pat had something to do with him getting robbed.” Fat Pat was 27 years old when he was murdered by Weasel.