The music industry mourns the loss of Big Pokey, a trailblazing rapper from Houston, who has passed away at the age of 48
Tragic news struck the music world as rapper Big Pokey passed away in the early hours of Sunday after collapsing on stage in Texas. The confirmation came from a post on his Instagram page, revealing that Big Pokey, whose real name was Milton Powell, was 48 years old.
The post expressed the love Big Pokey received from his family, friends, and loyal fans. It promised to share details about his celebration of life and how the public could pay their respects. Fondly remembered as “The Hardest Pit in The Litter,” Big Pokey’s legacy will endure.
Footage circulating online captured the artist’s performance at a bar in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday night, moments before he collapsed on the floor. Local police responded to the medical emergency after midnight on Sunday, as reported by CBS affiliate KHOU.
The cause of his untimely passing has yet to be disclosed. Hailing from Houston, Big Pokey was highly cherished in his hometown. He was an original member of the hip-hop collective “Screwed Up Click” and played a significant role in popularizing the chopped and screwed music genre. In 1999, he released his first full album, “Hardest Pit in the Litter.”
Heartfelt tributes poured in following the announcement of his death, with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner offering prayers and condolences to Big Pokey’s family and friends. Fellow rapper Bun B described him as one of the city’s most naturally talented artists and praised his amiable nature. Recognizing him as a pillar of the community, Bun B stated that Big Pokey’s absence would be deeply felt and cherished his contributions to the Screwed Up Click. Rapper Paul Wall, also from Houston, referred to Big Pokey as a great mentor and friend, highlighting his role as a trendsetter and leader.
The music industry mourns the loss of Big Pokey, a beloved figure whose impact on Houston’s hip-hop scene and beyond will be remembered for years to come. Rest in heaven, Sensei.
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