Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardest Pit In the Litter
(Chevis Entertainment, 1999)
Big Pokey mostly existed in the fringes of the Screwed Up Clik's fame at its peak, which is weird because he's pretty much a less husky-sounding version Big H.A.W.K., whom everybody loved. It wasn't that he wasn't as talented as Pat or H.A.W.K., it was just that his personality didn't grab you like theirs did.
Still, he's an underground icon in Houston who has never seemed to be bothered by the temptation to extend himself beyond his talent for churning out Houston-rrific singles, and has built up a very loyal following because of that. Some have leveraged that against him when arguing his importance. We'll tap what we wrote about him in mid-2009 as a rebuttal because we couldn't think of a better way to say it:
"Big Pokey is like a time-period art piece - chastising him for being 'too Houston' and 'not universal enough' is like chastising a Van Gogh painting for not being a Picasso painting. When he gives applies his esoteric wit to a song, it is downright aristocratic."
Yeah, that works.
This number should be way higher, but "Ball N' Parlay" and "Who Dat Talkin' Down" are pretty impossible to forget.
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Best Verse on the Album
The first verse from "It's Like That," but that very well could be because the beat from "June 27th," which is what "It's Like That" is laid over, is the best beat to freestyle over of all time. It lionizes everybody's talents. You could lay a loop of a baby crying over that track and people would be like, "Man, somebody needs to sign that fuckin' baby to a deal."
3rd Best Song on the Album
"Gage Play," feat. Mr. 3-2 and Big Rue. Mr. 3-2 was always reliable for a good guest spot.
Most Ridiculous Line on the Album
From "Heavy Weighters," feat. Big H.A.W.K.: "Ready to mangle, tangle niggas like spaghetti."
Imagine you're out with your friends (at the malt shop or wherever it is you rascally kids go) and you get into a tussle with another group of gents. Then, during the pre-fight shoving, you bust out a "Let's go, suckas, because I'm ready to mangle, tangle niggas like spaghetti" on someone. Would you ever be able to live that down? Ever?
Feature That Should Have Been on the Album
Z-Ro absolutely should have been on "Leave Us Alone." He would've done that quick paced rap/sing thing (probably very similar to what he did on the remix of Slim Thug's "I Run" remix) and absolutely killed it. Yeah, he really wasn't doing too much of that back then, but whatever.
Obscure Fact(s) That You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Sound Smart
Big Pokey's real name is Milton Powell, possibly the least rapper-ly name of any Houston rapper of all time. It sounds like the name of a supplemental character on The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.
Second place goes to "Eric Kaiser" (K-Rino) because it sounds like a German guy's name. Third goes to "Ore Magnus-Lawson" (Lil' O) because it sounds like the name of a competitor in one of those strongman competitions.