|From||United States of America|
|Birth||31 March 1968, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
|Death||5 December 2016, Hawthorne, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 48 years)|
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". On December 5, 2016, Syke was found dead at his home in Hawthorne, California, reports indicate natural causes.
In 1990, Big Syke, along with fellow rappers Domino and Mental Illness, started a hip-hop group named Evil Mind Gangstas. In 1992 he met rapper/actor, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur , 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. 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.
- Be Yo' Self (1996)
- Big Syke Daddy (2001)
- Street Commando (2002)
- Big Syke (2002)
- All Hell Breakin' Loose (1992)
- Thug Life: Volume 1 (1994)
- Thug Law: Thug Life Outlawz Chapter 1 (2001)
- Thug Law: Thug Life Outlawz Chapter 2 (2003)
- Thug Life: Demo Tape (1994)
- Big Syke: Volume 1 (2007)
- Big Syke: Reincarnated Volume 1 (2007)
Big Syke died of natural causes at his home in Hawthorne, California on December 5, 2016, at the age of 48.