Tupac Collaborator Big Syke Dies at 48

Rapper appeared on tracks including “All Eyez on Me and “Picture Me Rollin'”

Last Updated: December 6, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

The Grim Reaper isn’t done yet with his 2016 tour through the music world.

Rapper Big Syke, who collaborated with Tupac Shakur, died Monday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office told TheWrap.

Big Syke, whose real name was Tyruss Himes, was pronounced dead at his home in Hawthorne, California, shortly after 11 p.m. He was 48.

Himes launched his rap career in 1990 with the group Evil Mind Gangstas. After meeting Shakur in 1992 and joining Shakur’s Thug Life, the rapper appeared on a handful of tracks on Shakur’s 1996 album “All Eyez on Me” — “Picture Me Rollin’,” “When We Ride,” “Check Out Time” and the title track.

Himes’ solo albums include 1996’s “Be Yo’ Self,” “Big Syke Daddy,” “Street Commando” and “Big Syke,” released in 2002.


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