🎀 When the Mic Drops Forever: Houston’s Big Pokey Dead at 45 πŸ™

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The Houston rap scene is in mourning following the sudden demise of their local hero, Big Pokey, who was a key figure in the city’s influential Screwed Up Click. This hip-hop legend, known as Milton Powell in real life, collapsed during a show in Beaumont, Texas, and was confirmed dead at 45. Remembered as a humble, honorable man with a heart of gold, Big Pokey left an indelible mark in the world of hip-hop. πŸŽΆπŸ–€

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This past Saturday, the hip-hop universe felt a heavy blow as its beloved ‘Hardest Pit in the Litter,’ Big Pokey, left the stage forever. At a gig in Beaumont, Texas, this stalwart of Houston’s iconic Screwed Up Click collapsed and was later pronounced dead. But, come on, who’s going to carry the torch now? πŸ•―οΈπŸ’­

Now, don’t go thinking that Big Pokey was just another name on the rap scene. The man was a low key, larger-than-life persona that had a monumental role in launching Houston’s hip-hop scene onto the national stage. Big Pokey – it wasn’t just a name; it was a movement, a legacy. Yet, in the face of such fame, he remained a humble and respected figure, respected by fellow artists and fans alike. Does humility in the face of fame still exist in today’s music industry? πŸ€”πŸŒŸ

Part of the original Screwed Up Click masterminded by Houston’s DJ Screw, Big Pokey was instrumental in the city’s unique chopped-and-screwed approach to hip-hop. His rap career kick-started in 1999 with his iconic album, “The Hardest Pit in the Litter.” After that, there was no stopping this lyrical juggernaut. But seriously, who’s got the power to fill such giant shoes? πŸ‘ŸπŸ”

His colleagues from the industry remember him as the “low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect.” They admired him for being easy to love and hard to hate. But here’s a thought: can we find many artists today who embody these traits? πŸŽ€πŸ’‘

Fellow Houston legend and Screwed Up associate Bun B led the tributes on Instagram, admitting he wasn’t ready for the news. Bun B, along with other fans, is rallying support to make Big Pokey’s final LP, 2022’s “Sensei,” the number one album in the country. An amazing gesture, for sure, but does it not make you wonder about the fleeting nature of fame and the true price of talent? 🎼πŸ₯‡

While we pay our respects to this lost legend, we can’t help but ponder the future of the Houston hip-hop scene. With his passing, we’ve lost not just a rapper, but an influential figure who held the community together. Now that’s he’s gone, who will carry on Big Pokey’s legacy? Or will the music scene ever be the same again? πŸŽ΅πŸ’”

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