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Big Porky, a local legend of Houston’s hip-hop scene and member of the city’s influential band Screwed Up Click, has died at the age of 45.
The Milton Powell-born rapper reportedly collapsed at his show in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday, after a Jefferson County magistrate confirmed Powell’s death to ABC 13 in Houston.
A spokesperson for Big Porky also confirmed his death in a statement on behalf of the family. Big His Porky He passed away on June 18, 2023. He was much loved by his family, friends and loyal fans. In the coming days, we will be releasing information about the celebration of his life and how the public can pay their respects. We ask that you respect his family and their privacy during this difficult time. Big Porky will forever be ‘the hardest hole in the trash can’. “
Houston Mayer Sylvester Turner tweeted:
Big Porky was one of the original members of Screwed Up Click, masterminded by Houston’s DJ Screw, pioneers of Houston’s chopped-up approach to hip-hop. Big Porky appeared on some of DJ Screw’s early releases before beginning his own rap career with his 1999 album. The hardest hole in the garbage.
Houston legend and fellow Screwed Up member Van B wrote on Instagram following the news of Big Porky’s passing. One of the most gifted artists in town. A modest and humble mountain of a man who acted with honor and respect. He was easy to love and hard to hate. He stopped the car, did what he had to do, and went home. One of the pillars of our city. If the Heart of Gold were a person. Iconic member of SUC. It will never happen again and will be greatly missed. We love and respect our teachers. rest in heaven ”
Bun B also encouraged his followers to “join all the streaming platforms and make this the number one album in the country today” and released Big Porky’s now final LP, 2022’s Sensei. woke up. “Let’s send a message to his family that we love him! Long live Big Porky!”
Paul Wall, who featured Big Porky on his 2005 hit “Sittin’ Sideways,” tweeted on Sunday, “RIP Big Porky.”