Big Pokey has been laid to rest in Houston. Hip Hop veterans like Slim Thug, Paul Wall, and Trae Tha Truth attended his memorial service to honor his legacy.
A large number of friends and family members gathered to pay tribute to Big Pokey, the original member of Screwed Up Click, as he was laid to rest in his beloved hometown of Houston, Texas on Saturday (July 1).
Tragically, Big Pokey (real name was Milton Powell), passed away unexpectedly on June 18 at the age of 48 after he collapsed on stage during a performance in Beaumont. His passing has deeply affected the music community and his fans alike.
At the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, the funeral of Big Pokey was attended by notable figures, including Mayor Sylvester Turner and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. In addition, fellow rappers Paul Wall, Trae Tha Truth, and Slim Thug were also among the mourners who came to pay their respects to the late rapper.
Sharing photos from the service, Trae took to Instagram to express his emotions, stating, “I Honestly Thought Today Would Have Me Down And Out , But It Did Tha Total Opposite… Yo Spirit Had Us All Laughing and Thinkin Bout Tha Good Times,”
He added: “Rest Easy Bro… And Love To All Who Made It There For You….. @sucbigpokey #ScrewedUp4Life.”
Fellow Texas rap legend, Bun B, also took to Instagram to pay tribute to Big Pokey, affectionately referring to him as one of Houston’s “most naturally talented artists.” Bun B’s heartfelt words highlighted the immense talent and impact that Big Pokey had on the Houston music scene, making it clear that his memory will forever be cherished and respected within the community.
“I wasn’t ready for this,” Bun wrote alongside a photograph of Pokey. “One of the most naturally talented artists in the city. Low key, humble mountain of a man who moved with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate.
“He’d pull up, do what he had to do and head home. One of the pillars of our city. If heart of gold was a person. Iconic member of the SUC. There will never be another and will be missed dearly. We love and honor you Sensei. Rest in heaven.”
Following the tragic passing of Big Pokey, his family released a statement through the rapper’s official Instagram account.
“It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved Milton ‘Big Pokey’ Powell,” it began. “Big Pokey passed away on June 18, 2023. He was well loved by his family, his friends, and his loyal fans.”
The statement continued by mentioning that the family will provide details about his “celebration of life” and how the public can pay their respects in the coming days, adding: “We ask that you respect his family and their privacy during this difficult time.”
Bun B paid a special tribute to his late friend by creating a limited edition Trill Burgers combo meal in Big Pokey’s honor. The meal was a way for Bun B to remember and celebrate the legacy of Big Pokey, making sure that his friend’s memory lives on through this unique offering. The gesture also showcased the strong bond and camaraderie within the rap community, demonstrating how artists come together to honor and remember their fallen comrades.
The “Big Poyo” meal, named in honor of Big Pokey, was made available exclusively on June 27 at Bun B’s Trill Burgers restaurant in Houston. A video capturing the event showcased the immense popularity of the limited edition combo meal, with a line of enthusiastic fans stretching around the block.