Big Pokey, a rapper from Houston who had success with songs like “I’m Bout It” and “Wanna Be a Baller,” passed away on June 13, 2023. He was 43 years old.
Reginald Coleman, well known as “Pokey,” was discovered comatose in his Houston home. His death was ruled an instant loss of life.
There was no indication of foul play, according to the authorities, but the cause of death has not been disclosed.
Pokey helped form the Screwed Up Click, a successful Houston hip-hop group in the ’90s. His first album, “Screwed Up Click Presents Big Pokey,” was published the same year.
Pokey’s distinct rapping style drew inspiration from the Screwed Up Click’s trademark rhythm. He had a lot of clout on the streets and was never afraid to say what he really thought.
After Pokey passed away, many people expressed their sorrow online. In a statement, Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston referred to Pokey as a “legend” and praised his “contributions to the Houston music scene.”
Pokey is survived by his wife, two kids, and many of his cousins and aunts, and uncles.
On Saturday, June 17, at 11:00 a.m., the First Baptist Church in Houston will host a memorial service.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the Big Pokey Foundation, which will provide music-related scholarships to deserving youngsters in Houston.