Houston Mourns The Loss: Did Big Pokey Die? Rap Scene In Sorrow
Texas’s HOUSTON — Following the announcement of “Big Pokey’s” passing by local officials on Sunday, the rap scene in the area is in sorrow.
According to Eyewitness News’ confirmation with Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam III, Milton Powell, known by his stage as “Big Pokey,” died in Beaumont, Texas.
After his performance on Saturday, the Sensei rapper passed out in a Beaumont pub. It’s not known what exactly ki!!ed him. The rapper was supposed to perform at the club on Saturday as the special guest during a Juneteenth celebration,
Powell gave his final performance in front of his devoted fans on Saturday night in Baytown’s Bicentennial Park before Beaumont.
Kendra Ouzenne, a lifelong admirer who attended the Baytown performance, spoke with ABC13.
“Poke was one of the influential people of that sound, so it’s a sad and hard loss for the Houston community. And music overall as well,” Ouzenne stated. A fellow Houston rapper named Bun B made the first statement about the passing on Instagram with the somber caption:
“I wasn’t ready for this. One of the most naturally talented artists in the city. Low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate. He’d pull up, do what he had to do, and head home. One of the pillars of our city. If heart of gold was a person. Iconic member of the SUC. There will never be another, and will be missed dearly. We love and honor you, Sensei. Rest in heaven.”
On social media, Slim Thug, another Houston rap legend, posted that it is a “sad day in the city” and that he is sending “prayers to his family.”
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“Though many called him “low key,” his presence was larger than life in helping to catapult our hip hop scene nationally.” Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, stated in a tweet.
The City of Houston and I extend our prayers and condolences to our own Screwed Up Click legendary rapper #BigPokey family and friends.
Though many called him “low key”, his presence was larger than life in helping to catapult our hip hop scene nationally.
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— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) June 18, 2023
“In the coming days, we will release information about his celebration of life and how the public can pay their respects. We ask that you respect his family and their privacy during this difficult time. Big Pokey will forever be ‘The Hardest Pit In The Litter!'” In a statement to ABC13, Powell’s team stated.