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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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Suc 4 life
Rip Lil Snupe
Rip Shangalang
Rip Soulja Slim
Rip Fat Pat
Rip Big Moe
I'll see you soon tio
R.I.P Robert Earl Davis
somewhere something deep
Long live DJ screw !
Holding it down DJ screw ! Houston tx mayne ������
the whole suc go hard , hold it dinee htineee rip screw
R.I.P Dj Screw
#NoOneCanDoI t B e t t e r T h a n D j S c r e w
SCREW head fa' Life/// H/Town, $outhWest !
This is the s**t. I'm 42 and still like this music, along with I'm from the south side and hug with some of these cats. .
R.I.P DJ Screw
DJ Screw puts the L in lean..
R I P DJ SCREW... FREE SPM DOPE HOUSE RECORDS 4LIFE!!!
jakjaxon stfu
the n**ga below me needa stfu lol
Time 2 -slow down... yes Mr Jackson is on the damn lean tonight!!
These kids don't know what this is!!
I know about the Screw don't need no damn biography!!! Damn!!
Just listen!!!
Mind went blank thank you a few comments below.most don't know dj screw.
Damn I love how he slows is down.listen to the table spin.
The screw put lean.on the map. RIP Screw.now I'm going to slow down.
Listenin to dat screw sippin on dat lean
vincentfuent e s 0 7 1 3
Name of the song is Mind went Blank fix that please

And RIP ROBERT EARL DAVIS DJ SCREW Houston Tx
Southside Houston Texas still holding always and forever love a good throwback
We love you DJ Screw rip
Rip ta da king of the south dj screw. Souf seal fa leel
rwhitlowjr
All I wanna do!
Rip D.J.Screw
Free SPM
Screw was legend in EAST TEXAS we still bagging his s**t till the casket drop and it ain't drop yet. RIP SCREW
Damn am I the only 1 who knows the Screw? Looks like it.
Now where is my double cup? I'm on it wow !!
OK again let's slow it down n let's all relax! I love this man he wasn't discovered till the end. now his point is taken. I like it don't know bout yaw. Be good k.
Time to slow down.I like it!!
Im stay tru and bang my screw
R.I.P Screw.
Victoria courts gang g,boy
We love you Screw!
Free spm puro white flag
If you ain't screw you ain't from texas
U ain't s**t if u ain't nevva been Screwed UP
Bangin foreal
skiani1985
Yeaaaaaaaa
R.I.P The screw
R.I.p The screw
Going out to drip, and kwame....
winnbear
I didnt grown up in houston, tx but when i move down here from chicago i was introduce to d.j screw music and love it! It is a real tragic situation for a young man that would have put houston in the mainstream of rap and how innovated he became before his untimely death. So as i sit here and listen to this man and what it means to be in the H-TOWN!
I'm H-Town representa, money & power. I ain't gone stop until my cash is stacked high as a tower.
Huh got my mind on my paper got to stay on my grind
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