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Album Review

Big Pokey's major-label debut, Hardest Pit in the Litter, is firmly entrenched in Dirty South tradition, borrowing from such hardcore Texas rappers as the Geto Boys. The music itself doesn't show much imagination — it's basically lean, spare, and hard-hitting, heavy on the bass — but Big Pokey is a strong rapper. True, he doesn't show much range as far as his topics go, but his rhymes have energy, which elevates Hardest Pit in the Litter to slightly above average status, even though the material is a little too uneven.

Biography

Born: Houston, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the more accomplished members of the Screwed Up Click, Big Pokey hooked up with DJ Screw in the early '90s and started dropping rhymes on the DJ's many mix tapes. His first full-length album finally appeared in late 1999, Hardest Pit in the Litter, which ended up being one of the better underground albums to come out of the South that year. A year later, Pokey returned with D-Game 2000, another album of mid-tempo 808-driven beats featuring several of his Houston peers as guests. In 2001 he...
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