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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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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
R.I.P. to H-Town's screw up General & fallen soldiers. Mourn y'all til I join y'all. From a Southwest Sandpiper G.
Screw r.i.p. Indiana sending out the dueces.
mrsolo713
Screw helped shape da state of TX cuz . R.I.P. Nov 16th 2000 we lost a legend .
JUNE 27th
Rip Robert Davis aka dj screw gone but never forgotten happy bday
Rip Robert earl Davis
#am a screw head for life ♡
I cant fall money n power all day say wat I say im the big j u hoe give me a bj on a sunny day riding stick dumb hoe gotz to get laid on that a** f**k the p**sy p**sy loose I get wat I want booty s**t on mi dick that b**ch bout to lick nasty hoe chill im on that serve u know whose the men im the king I claim magno I come true call me train cover u b**ch just take it no pain stupid bicth we sum n**gas tough n**gaz sum gorrillaz
R.I.P Screw
Mother fukkin screwhead Rest in Peace G
Got a n**ga blowing like cheech and chong mary go around
DJ SCREW FOR LIFE ✞
"Mary go round,pass the sweet"...!!
Screwed!
Htown
Happy BDay DJ Screw
hah reminds me of the last day of school lol^,^
Pimpin turntables! !!!!!
King Screw R.I.P
You can do snow or get wet as the rain me I got Jane in my brain
Found overdosed is some bullshit that n**ga was found huddled over the toilet tryin to get the f**kin poison out and you don't have the conciousness to try to throw up if you od off drank u just pass out and don't wake up cuz u slow so much your f**king heart just stops
Dat boi go hard!
R.i.p. screw. Mayne
June 27@
Girl you the bomb Got a n**ga blowin like cheech and chong you've stayed by my side mary go around forever
r.i.p.screw all yall banggin this check out klondike kat. psk 13. k rino. and point blank.been banging screw since 92.
Girl you the bomb got a n**ga blowing like cheech and chong damn love this rola I listen to it whenever I get high af
SCREW_LIFE 4LIFE #FUCKWHATCHA H E A R D
brendagarcia _ 2 1 4
Sho!!
Straight uncut screw mane!!!!!!!
R.I.P Screw!!!!!!
Damn takin me back to high school days
Dope
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 !
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