Following the killing of George Floyd by a group of Minneapolis police officers came the revelation that he was once a member of a foundational Houston hip-hop group led by DJ Screw. 🙏
People across the country have been mourning and protesting the tragic death of 46-year-old Floyd ever since he died at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25.
As various news about Floyd's background has surfaced in recent days, The Houston Chronicle pointed out in its coverage of the incident that the Houston native was once a member of DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click, a legendary Houston rap group.
This group played a key part in shaping Houston's signature “chopped-and-screwed” sound in the 1990s, characterized by rumbling, pitched-down vocals mixed with slow-moving instrumentals.
In addition to "Big Floyd," a fitting stage name given his 6'6" stature, the collective also included notable names like Big Moe, Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, Trae Tha Truth and Z-Ro.
One song that's been receiving a lot of play on social media is “Sittin On Top Of The World Freestyle" featuring Big Floyd, Chris Ward and AD. Coming in for an interlude and third verse at the 4:55 mark, Floyd's deep vocals document a day in the life of a hungry Houstonite over dazed production from the late Screw.
"B-I-G, it's F-L-O-Y-D / Watch me raise up in my drop-top seat / Bouncin' down the boulevard, watch me just roll / Young nigga like to just let the dollars fold," he raps.
Fellow Houston rapper Travis Scott posted the song on his Instagram Story on Friday as a way to pay homage to Floyd, who the 28-year-old may have listened to at some point during his youth.
You can also check Floyd out alongside some of his Screwed Up associates on the marathon "Tired of Ballin'" freestyle, which appeared on DJ Screw's Chapter 7: Ballin' In Da Mall mixtape. This tape was part of a series of over 350 mixtapes released by Screw before he passed in 2000.
RIP to Big Floyd.