“We would like everyone to send their prayers to Big Pokey and his family,” the bar’s management wrote. “Out of respect for those involved we will not be commenting on the incident to allow his family and friends ample time to mourn and make a statement when they are ready,” the social media post stated. “This is a tragedy that no one expected and only our prayers go out to his family and friends.” Powell was known for his work in the “chopped and screwed” style of Southern hip-hop music, which finds its roots in the 90s and is characterized by low tempos. Powell initially began his music career working on remixes with DJ Screw in the early half of the decade before releasing his first full-length album, “Hardest Pit in the Litter” in 1999, according to AllMusic. He was a member of the rap group Screw Up Click, according to the Post. The rapper released his last album, “Play Tha Game,” in 2023. “The City of Houston and I extend our prayers and condolences to our own Screwed Up Click legendary rapper [Big Pokey] family and friends,” Democratic Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wrote in a social media post on Twitter. “Though many called him ‘low key’, his presence was larger than life in helping to catapult our hip hop scene nationally.” Turner said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Houston rapper Big Pokey dies after collapsing on stage. R.I.P. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/S1ZxrYODqE— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) June 18, 2023