Following reports of Houston rapper Big T’s death, multiple outlets used a photo of battle rapper Big T, causing confusion among Hip Hop fans. Billboard, Page Six and The Daily Mail all used a photo of the wrong Big T.
The problem — of course — is battle rapper Big T is alive and well.
I’m good y’all I don’t know what @mediatakeout___ on but rip the big T from Houston but I’m cool
Billboard has since updated its story with the correct photo, but a Twitter post still incorrectly displays the Chicago battle rapper.
The outlet issued a correction on the original article that reads: “Billboard issues an apology to our readers and rapper Big T from Chicago for inadvertently using his photo in the originally reported story.”
RIP, Big T https://t.co/yfdivm3He2 pic.twitter.com/dFzL5heY23
— billboard (@billboard) May 9, 2018
Despite the sad circumstances, battle rapper Big T had a little fun at Billboard’s expense.
“Yooo @mediatakeout I understand y’all make mistakes but @billboard is ridiculous,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday (May 9). “how do you stop this @mediatakeout_.”
Yooo @mediatakeout I understand y’all make mistakes but @billboard is ridiculous how do you stop this 🤔🤦🏾♂️ @mediatakeout_
A few Twitter users caught on to the error and posted their reactions to the mixup as well.
Check those out below.
Loooool @DailyMailUK Getting the wrong Big T into the obituaries. The Big T in the picture is about 20 years younger and definitely still alive. Is his family and fanbase going to get an apology? I guess they all look the same to you?https://t.co/ECi7xyRhDa
— FELMAN (@adamdfelman) May 9, 2018
on the dearth of black hip-hop writers at mainstream outlets…
the picture is not the Big T who died, its Big T the battle rapper pic.twitter.com/n9FPfV4Ge3
— skeptical. (@andrejgee) May 9, 2018
Big T isn’t dead (the battle rapper)…The one that the news is reporting is from Houston Texas and was singing the hook on Lil Troy’s “Wanna be a Baller” single…R.I.P. Big T he had the whole city wanting to drive Chevrolet Impala’s
— Yungsir (@1YungSir) May 8, 2018