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Houston’s ‘Sensei’ Big Pokey reflects on longevity ahead of new album – Chron

Posted: May 13, 2021 at 1:52 am


As an original member of Screwed Up Click, Big Pokey has made a sustainable career not only on the Houston music scene but also in the hip-hop industry.

While were a long way away from his earlier works like Hardest Pitt in the Litter and D Game 2000, the Houston emcee is finally back with his highly anticipated project Sensei.

The album is slated to release just before Memorial Day weekend, on May 28.

While Pokey has recently been quiet on the music front, the rapper has been keeping his skills sharp in the studio. With the release of the album on the horizon, Pokey is set to break his longer than eight-year streak of no new releases. His last project remains "Evacuation Notice."

The Houston native gave Chron the exclusive on what fans can expect from his highly anticipated album.

Big Pokey: Well Sensei is one of my rap aliases. Thats the name that always stuck with me throughout my career. A few years ago, I had an album called Hurricane Sensei, but I never dropped it. So when we were putting this project together we really didnt have a name, we were just doing the work. So as we continue, I end up going back to an idea I had two years ago another project that I never released. So I just decided to recreate it and do it differently, and it actually came out hot. So that made us think that [Sensei] could be the title of the track and the name of the album.

Yeah, but not on purpose. It just happened like that.

What do you know about that? Im just playing. But really, its good music, its a new day and age. Its quality work. I wouldnt compare it to my other work, like a which one's the best. But if I had to though, its definitely up there.

You know, its not a dated sound. Its really up to date with whats going on, but I stay in my lane. Its definitely relevant.

Well you know, thats normal. Even though I dont drop I always still record. Ill be off and on with it, but Im always in the studio recording.

I cant say. I do a lot of songs and a lot of features. So it's a lot. I have a lot of songs.

To see growth. You know its been a while. Most of my fans have been following me since way back. The quality is still there. Things are going to be really fun as far as the production, I got some nice features on there.

Behind the scenes of Big Pokey's "Sensei" shoot.

I got a couple of different characters production-wise. Hook-wise, its a few young cats. Houston is full of talent and more than anything this project showed me that I want to work with some younger people. Houston is talented. The project will have 13 songs.

Well, longevity. Ive been eating off this game for two and half decades. To last that long you have to know how to move and groove. I guess it came at the right time because Ive been in the game as long as I have. So I probably do have cats that look to watch for guidance and understanding.

Really, I have to give thanks to the Lord. Its crazy out here. For the most part, like I said, its how you move, work on what youve got going on, keep your mind right you have to mature. You have to grow and remain consistent in your craft.

It was really a transition. A transition of balancing me. Real-life, you know? Having kids, to being married, having a wife, family, and maintaining my career at the same time.

"Mann" was actually an idea, a spin-off of "Woah." Rest in peace to Black Rob. He was a good dude, I had the chance to meet him and hang with him. But it was a spin-off of that. It was a hot song that ended up being on Big Moe's project. They called me to come over there and get on it, and actually my part, I freestyled. E and Moe had already laid their parts down. It was actually a hot song for the three of us.

Oh, man. All of those guys man. Just the fact that they can't see what's still going on. What we built, what we all did together, it's still alive. It's still going on, and not them not being here to experience it or get something from it, that part hurts. That hurts, them not being able to be here to see the success of it, the things we built.

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