The music world is mourning the loss of Milton Powell, better known as Big Pokey, a famous Texas rapper and original member of Houston’s pioneering Screwed Up Click. After collapsing during a Juneteenth performance, Powell died on June 18, 2023.
Remembering Big Pokey
According to ABC News, Big Pokey was beloved in the Houston music scene, known for his unique style and contributions to the city’s hip-hop culture. He was a member of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of rappers and DJs that helped to define the sound of Houston rap in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Powell was also a solo artist, releasing several albums and collaborating with other artists throughout his career. His music was known for its gritty realism and its focus on the struggles of everyday life in Houston’s inner city.
The Juneteenth Performance
Powell was performing at a Juneteenth event in Houston when he collapsed on stage. According to Courier News, emergency responders were called to the scene, but Powell was pronounced dead shortly after.
The cause of Powell’s collapse is unknown, but his death has sent shockwaves through the music world and the Houston community. Many fans and fellow artists have taken to social media to express their condolences and to pay tribute to Powell’s life and legacy.
The death of Big Pokey is a tragic loss for the Houston music community and the broader world of hip-hop. Powell was a talented artist and a beloved figure in the city, and his contributions to Houston rap will be remembered for years.
As we mourn the loss of Powell and reflect on his life and legacy, let us also take a moment to appreciate the many gifts that he gave to the world through his music and his presence. May his memory be a blessing to