Rapper Big T known for 'Wanna Be a Baller' dies at 52

Born Terence Prejean, the rapper/singer died on Monday at a Houston hospital. His longtime friend Tony Williams said Prejean likely had a heart attack.

Kahron Spearman

Houston rapper/singer Big T, known for the iconic chorus on Lil Troys 1999 hit "Wanna Be a Baller," has passed, per multiple media reports. He was 52.


Terence Prejean died on Monday at a Houston hospital, according to Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences spokeswoman Tricia Bentley. Billboard reports that his longtime friend Tony Williams said the rapper/singer likely had a heart attack.

Wanna be a baller, shot caller/Twenty-inch blades on the Impala/Call her, gettin' laid tonight/Swisha rolled tight, got sprayed by Ike/I hit the highway, making money the fly way/But there's got to be a better way!/A better way, better way, yeah.

Big T

Big T was called "Million Dollar Hook Man" within the Houston music industry, regularly featured in releases by other musicians. He also released his own work, including "Million Dollar Hooks" in 2001.


He leaves behind a wife and children.


The Associated Press reports that his sister, Ann Prejean, said she and her late brother came from a musical family.


"My brother has been in the (music) business since he was 5 years old," she said.