Houston Rapper Big Pokey Dies at 45


| LAST UPDATE 06/22/2023

By Amelie Durham
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The hip-hop community is reeling from the tragic news of Big Pokey's passing. Milton Powell, better known as Big Pokey, was only 45 years old when he collapsed on stage during a Juneteenth performance in Texas. The Hardest Pit in the Litter rapper was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, he later died. His official Instagram page confirmed the heartbreaking news and asked for privacy for his family during this difficult time.

Big Pokey was a part of the legendary Screwed Up Click rap collective alongside other Houston rappers like DJ Screw, Fat Pat, Z-Ro, Lil' Keke, and Lil' Flip. He first made his mark on the scene in the early 1990s, working with Houston producer DJ Screw and releasing tracks on the producer's mixtapes. Big Pokey was featured on DJ Screw's June 27th Freestyle mixtape, which became a landmark album in chopped and screwed hip-hop. He then went on to release his debut album Hardest Pit in the Litter in 1999, followed by D-Game 2000 the next year. His other albums included Da Sky's Da Limit, Evacuation Notice, and Sensei.

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Big Pokey's legacy in the industry is undeniable. A clip of his track Who Dat Talkin Down was even featured on the pilot episode of Entourage in 2004. Fans and members of the hip-hop community are devastated by his loss but are also celebrating his contributions to the culture. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner paid his respects to Big Pokey on Twitter, recognizing his role in putting Houston on the map nationally in terms of its hip-hop scene. Mayor Turner wrote, "Though many called him 'low key,' his presence was larger than life in helping to catapult our hip hop scene nationally. We are grateful."

The cause of Big Pokey's death remains unknown, and an autopsy is pending. More information about his celebration of life and how fans can pay their respects will be released in the coming days. Big Pokey will be remembered as a true legend in the Houston hip-hop scene, leaving behind a legacy of music that will continue to inspire and move people for generations to come. The entire hip-hop world mourns the loss of this incredible talent and sends their condolences to his family and loved ones.

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