Big Moe
Big Moe

Birth name

Kenneth Doniell Moore


20 August 1974


Houston, Texas, United States


14 October 2007 (aged 33)


Hip hop



Years active



Wreckshop Records (1999-2007)
Priority Records (2002)
Capitol Records (2000-2002)

Associated acts

Big Hawk, DJ Screw, Screwed Up Click, UGK, Z-Ro

Kenneth Doniell Moore (20 August 1974 - 14 October 2007), better known by his stage name Big Moe, was an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He was known for a softer and slower performance style than other rappers from Houston, including a mixture of rapping and singing that he called "rapsinging", as well as for his music that celebrated codeine-laced syrup as a recreational drug.

As one of the founding members of the Screwed Up Click, Big Moe started his music career by freestyling on DJ Screw's mixtapes before being signed to Wreckshop Records. The label released Big Moe's debut album, City of Syrup, in 2000; the title a nod to Houston's reputation for drinking codeine-laced syrup, which Moe pours from a Styrofoam cup on the album's cover. A year and a half later, Big Moe returned with his second album, Purple World. The album included his breakthrough single "Purple Stuff", with the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed video being frequently played on MTV. The album ranked as high as #3 on Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Big Moe's third and final studio album, Moe Life..., was released in 2003, including the commercially successful single "Just a Dog".

Moore died on 14 October 2007 at thirty-three years old, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma. His posthumous album Unfinished Business was released in 2008.


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