Big Syke

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Big Syke
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Background information
Birth nameTyruss Gerald Himes[1]
Also known asMussolini, Little Psycho
Born(1968-11-22)November 22, 1968[1]
Inglewood, California, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 5, 2016(2016-12-05) (aged 48)
Hawthorne, California, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1989–2016
LabelsTreacherous/Death Row Records/RideOnUm
Associated acts2Pac, Outlawz, Thug Life, E-40, Evil Mind Gangsta's, Alabama Ju, Bigg Steele, Jelani, DJ Quik, Nate Dogg, DJ King Assassin, Prince Ital Joe, Johnny J, Danny Boy, Tha Dogg Pound, Bossolo

Tyruss Gerald Himes (November 22, 1968 – December 5, 2016), better known by his stage names Big Syke and Mussolini, was an American rapper best known for his work with the American hip-hop groups Thug Life and Outlawz. His stage name "Big Syke" is a revision of his childhood nickname "Little Psycho".[2] On December 5, 2016, Syke was found dead at his home in Hawthorne; reports indicate natural causes.[3]

Early career[edit]

In 1990, Big Syke, along with fellow rappers Domino and Mental Illness, started a hip-hop group named Evil Mind Gangstas.[2] In 1992 he met rapper/actor, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur ,[2] and joined 2Pac's rap group, Thug Life. In 1995 Syke adopted the stage name Mussolini and joined 2Pac's second rap group The Outlaw Immortalz and recorded songs for 2Pac's 1996 smash hit album, All Eyez on Me.[4] The tracks that made the initial release were "Picture Me Rollin'", "When We Ride", "All Eyez on Me" and "Check Out Time" - Other recorded songs were later featured on some of 2Pac's posthumous album releases.



Syke died of natural causes at his home in Hawthorne, California on December 5, 2016.


  1. ^ a b "Tyruss Gerald Himes". Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Big Syke | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  3. ^ "Rapper Big Syke Dead at 48". December 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Beyonce, Shakira, Kanye, Chris Martin, Paris, Alicia Keys, 'Idol' & More". January 22, 2007. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.

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