Community reacts to Houston rapper Big Pokey’s death

Tonight’s, tributes continue to pour in for legendary Houston rapper Milton Powell, better known as Big Pokey. He died yesterday following a medical emergency in Beaumont. Gerald Harris joins us live with how he’s being remembered tonight. Gerald. Yeah. Behind me is a mural of many of the Houston rap grades. Now, while big Pokey isn’t painted on the side of this wall, he is considered to be one of the best Houston rap has to offer.

A reserve talented Houston commodity, milton Big Pokey Powell. Since the early 1990s, big Pokey has been a force in the Houston rap community, rising to Houston royalty. He grew up with people that I grew up with. For slim thug Paul Wall, bumby Lil Kiki. The Bayou city is grieving after big Pokey collapsed on stage in Beaumont, losing his life.

This is someone who kind of started in a very quiet fashion, freelancing in the then you had talent like DJ screws and others who recognized that talent. And big Pokey never forgot where he came from. He was a graduate of Yakes. And third ward native Houston rapper Paul Wall calls Big Pokey a trendsetter leader and great mentor and a friend.

Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner says he is remorseful for not being able to give Milton Big Pokey Powell his flowers before he died. My regrets that even as mayor that we need not honor their loved one for his iconic contribution to the musical scene at a time when he could hear it and see it. Now. Mayor Turner sends his condolences to the family of Big Pokey. He says the city will honor his life.

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