Yet Another Local Hip-Hop Death...

Evan Callis, aka Rawdog, was a member of Criminal Habits
Evan Callis, aka Rawdog, was a member of Criminal Habits
Evan Callis, aka Rawdog, was a member of Criminal Habits

We just got news that Evan Callis, who went by the name "Rawdog" when he performed with his hip-hop group Criminal Habits, died in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 9, in a manner eerily similar to DJ Frantic's passing--and pretty much exactly a week after it. He was 20 years old.

Criminal Habits was signed to local hip-hop label Shadow Records and released an album, New South By Any means Necessary a few months back. Says Criminal Habits manager TJ Longoria about Callis' passing: "He was a one of a kind artist. He had a lot of potential for moving up."

There will be a benefit show held in Callis' memory on Saturday, March 1, at the It'll Do Club.

More after the jump.

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Criminal Habits' video for the single "It's On":

This is yet another blow for the local hip-hop community--the fourth loss in recent memory (along with Freewill, Frantic and DJ EZ Eddie D's son). Not to trivialize any of these incidents, but this is starting to get ridiculous. Thankfully, at this point, it all seems to be purely coincidental. -- Pete Freedman


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