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DJ Screw

After spending most of the 1990s as an infamous local phenomenon in Houston, TX, DJ Screw suddenly found himself gaining sudden notoriety before his unfortunate death in late 2000. The Houston DJ made a name for himself primarily because of his uncanny mixing style, which found him pitching down his records to a lumbering and quite eerie pace. Over the course of the '90s, what began as novelty actually became a rather lucrative venture for Screw, who produced hundreds of mix tapes, with some estimates projecting his total number of tapes topping over a thousand; furthermore, he sold the tapes at his Houston-based record store, Screwed Up Records and Tapes. Oddly enough, he preferred to release his mixes almost exclusively on cassette, though fans often recorded the mixes and traded them via the Internet; in addition, countless "screwed" remixes of popular rap anthems were widely available on Napster thanks to his cultish following.

Yet it's hard to imagine Screw's legacy being what it is if not for his role as an adamant advocate of "syrup sippin'," a Southern rap phenomenon involving codeine-infused cough syrup -- the resulting intoxication induces a hallucinatory state where everything slows down and becomes the senses swirl. As marijuana was to early-'90s gangsta rap, LSD was to late-'60s psychedelic rock, ecstasy was to late-'80s rave -- and so on -- the syrup sippin' advocated by Screw's trippy hip-hop mixes led to a small drug movement within the late-'90s Dirty South genre, reaching its zenith with Three 6 Mafia's hit "Sippin' on Some Syrup" in 2000. It's hard to deny that this phenomenon wasn't as important to Screw's popularity as his music was (especially considering some of his tape titles: Syrup & Soda, Syrup Sippers, Sippin' Codeine, etc.) Still, Screw did serve as a leader for Houston's burgeoning rap scene; his home studio, The Screw Shop, functioned as the home base for what was loosely referred to as the Screwed Up Click, including semi-successful rappers such as Big Pokey and Lil' Keke, along with about 30 others were known locally.

Ironically, when Screw was found dead in his studio of a fatal heart attack at the tender age of 30 on the morning of November 16, 2000, the Houston Chronicle published a story stating that police suspected Screw of overdosing on the same syrup that he so adamantly advocated. Weeks later the theory proved valid, making the artist the victim of his own self-promoted phenomenon. More unfortunate, though, was the loss of Screw to Houston's fledging scene, which seemed on the verge of being nationally recognized as a Southern rap mecca. His legacy lived on, though, since his trademark mixing style was by no means exclusive, as countless imitators had arisen in the South by the time of his death, the most noteworthy being the Swisha House and Beltway 8 record labels. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Shot out too screwed up click and affiliates my ngga Carlos/Charl e s aka grace boys Samoa way keeping it 1hundid like the know n grey tap or should I say maxwell with the phone number Alvin Texas no bout screw/smalls in the building screw head /affiliate fa life
Smallz been screwhead since 91 much love to the souths pioneer /trendsetter . . . My fam started with screw in91 bootcamp /3/4 action... Gone but never forgotten one love big bro
Love for tx desde 706 Dalton ga ice city
South park for life!
Screwstone TX baby!
R.I.P DJ SCREW from SOUTH WEST LOUISIANA
R.I.P screw! This is da s**t anywhere shout out to da boot
mannnnn 4life4matthe w
am 24/7/4life 4 dj screw mannnnnn4
Most y'all motherf**ker are FAKE.HAHAHA
S/O to errbody holdin it down in "the Camp" ...el campo, tx ...Screwhead til i D.I.E!!!!
angelicaland a 6
Free spm!
SUR 13 PUTOS WASSUP
Respeto y go get it.
Screw city Texas !
Since I was a bg I been on srew
Houston, Tx. (Screwstone)
H town , Nawfside
I stay jamming screw
Nawf side n**ga but i bang screw
Still bangin screw....FOR E V E R ! ! #
Dirty SOUTH
Yea man this is the s**t in h~town
Banging Screw
This my smoke song....
My s**t.
dballard420
Love dis screw s**t man. Been poundin nuttin but screw and the H-town fo damn near 20 years. Still the best.
Moved to da tex n 93 started jammin fat pat then got a hold of screw bangin grey tapes. Sippin lean wit me and my vatos while jammin screw especially SPM(free Carlos coy) the whole S.U.C needs to reunite and do a triple cd compilation. R.I.P n peace Robert Earl Davis Jr aka Dj Screw and Pimp C( Chad Butler) Fat Pat, Big Hawk,Big Moe,Steve Maffio. Much luv to the htown we holding it down and we can't be stopped oh yeah SWATS all day long.
garionbush
In da trae down dowling!
R.I.P DJ Screw
Puro texas Homeboy 956
Texas ledgend
Rip.. Screw.,., Houston original innovator of screw up mix tapes.,.,
Rip DJ Screw South Side still holdin for you. Know what Im talking bout!!!
ariakus2012
i remember my nephew playing dis on actual cassette tapes. ah... the beauty of this technology.. .
Swangin and banging in Crowley la to rip pimp c screw to toodie badazz
jacobcharles 8 3
J-DOG /pro files
luis.martine z 0 7 2 1
Pura rasa putos Los Mexicanos controla
SLAP!! Swervin Out Here In Killafornia Too.. Northern Cali 209 Valley!! Rip Pimp C, Mac Dre, Dj Screw & Tupac.. You Feeel Me'???
Screwed for life it was times bacc then 1993-2000 we never listened to 97.9 screw was the radio. .R.I.P
r.i.p. to the best dj of all-time I don't smoke but I do pour up every year for your b-day r.i.p. brother
Houston
95'
Rest in peace Robert Davis Jr. Rest in peace Chad Butler. UGK for life. Country Rap Tunes baby. F**k Hip Hop. Use instruments.
Went to school with Robert Davis R.I.P he the only n**ga to thisz day thats real enough to wear Dickies homies
skbs8018
The s***
Miss ya Screw Cuzz
Fuc**** with Screw since his Broadway Square days....miss you friend...
From 4th ward
8100 block hershwood all day long if u not from the south back the F**k back.
Dj Screw i swear i wanna be sippin purp with you my n**ga
screw up Tx ,
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