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Funeral Services Held for Renowned Houston Rapper Big Pokey

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Big Pokey's funeral

Over the weekend, a gathering of loved ones took place to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of esteemed Houston rapper Big Pokey, a founding member of the iconic Screwed Up Click group.

Big Pokey, born Milton Powell, tragically passed away on June 18 at the age of 48, after collapsing during a live performance in Beaumont, a city situated to the east of Houston. Saturday’s service, held at Houston’s Fountain of Praise church, attracted a significant number of attendees, including notable figures such as Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and fellow rappers Paul Wall, Trae Tha Truth, and Slim Thug, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Pokey made his name with a series of hits in Texas and the Gulf Coast, including “Ball N’ Parlay,” “Who Dat Talking Down,” and his verse on DJ Screw’s extensive 36-minute freestyle, “June 27th”. Additionally, his talent was recognized on a national level through his feature on Megan Thee Stallion’s 2022 track, “Southside Royalty Freestyle.”

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Nationally, Pokey is best remembered for his standout appearance on Wall’s 2005 breakout hit, “Sittin’ Sidewayz.” The song’s chorus featured a sample from Pokey’s verse on “June 27th.”

Raised in Houston, Pokey started earning local recognition in the late 1990s as an integral part of the Screwed Up Click. This group of friends turned into a rap collective under the leadership of DJ Screw, who pioneered a unique music style known as “chopped and screwed,” a defining sound of Houston.

Pokey launched his musical career with his first album, “Hardest Pit in the Litter,” in 1999, swiftly followed by “Da Game 2000” a year later.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Big Pokey’s funeral

Who was Big Pokey?

Big Pokey, whose real name was Milton Powell, was a respected Houston-based rapper and a founding member of the iconic group Screwed Up Click.

When and how did Big Pokey die?

Big Pokey tragically passed away on June 18 after collapsing during a performance in Beaumont, east of Houston. He was 48 years old at the time of his death.

What was Big Pokey known for?

Big Pokey was well-known for his Texas and Gulf Coast hits such as “Ball N’ Parlay,” “Who Dat Talking Down,” and his verse on DJ Screw’s “June 27th.” He also featured on Megan Thee Stallion’s 2022 track, “Southside Royalty Freestyle,” and Paul Wall’s 2005 hit, “Sittin’ Sidewayz.”

What was the Screwed Up Click?

The Screwed Up Click was a friend group turned rap collective led by DJ Screw. They pioneered a slowed, pitched-down music style known as “chopped and screwed,” which became synonymous with Houston.

What albums did Big Pokey release?

Big Pokey released his debut album, “Hardest Pit in the Litter,” in 1999, followed by “Da Game 2000” the next year.

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8 comments

TxRapFan July 3, 2023 - 3:41 pm

Still can’t believe he’s gone… grew up listening to his music, big loss for the rap community.

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GulfCoastG July 3, 2023 - 9:20 pm

His verse on June 27th was pure fire, there’s no one who could match his style. We’ll miss you, Pokey.

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StreetBeat July 4, 2023 - 4:46 am

his music shaped a whole generation down here in Texas, its not gonna be the same without him.

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Houston4Life July 4, 2023 - 6:21 am

Dang! Saw him live just a few months back, the man was full of energy… Such a shock. RIP Pokey.

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Houston4Life July 6, 2023 - 5:43 pm

Dang! Saw him live just a few months back, the man was full of energy… Such a shock. RIP Pokey.

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StreetBeat July 7, 2023 - 4:01 am

his music shaped a whole generation down here in Texas, its not gonna be the same without him.

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GulfCoastG July 7, 2023 - 11:42 am

His verse on June 27th was pure fire, there’s no one who could match his style. We’ll miss you, Pokey.

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TxRapFan July 7, 2023 - 12:14 pm

Still can’t believe he’s gone… grew up listening to his music, big loss for the rap community.

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