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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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REAL MEXICANO VATOS WE TRIP AND FALL THEN GET BACK UP.....
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S.u.c. 4life. Atx 512
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WHEN MY MIND GOES BLANK...
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South side Arkansas Rip screw
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Rip to D j screw for life ..........
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Screw for life r.l.p
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Shoutout to PONCHOV SALTY WATER RECORDS
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LA neta to do pariva ....
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Real s**t don't fade away, https://m.so u n d c l o u d . c o m / g - f r e s h - 7
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R.I.P Dj screw .. always keeping it real! S.U.C
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We,need more rappers like him every rapper tht yust comes out saying s**t about like walking in store or some s**t like tht already get famous they should not even be in the top but still no one can take screw's spot
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He always represent the H-town and will always be in our hearts and our screwston still alive
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Always a screw head hollain rip robert davis
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Screw 4 life from H-town all the way to Atx we holding it down Rip my n**ga Screw and all the falling solders.
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banging screwed all the way from east garland tx baby ...screw done already warn me ....
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H-Town is what it is, Screw that deal and everybody else coping our style. Shout out to those that recognize and pay homage middle finger to those that don't.
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R.I.P DJ SCREW IF U AIN'T HEARD ROBERT EARL DAVIS THEN U AIN'T S**T SUC FO LIFE
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It's a purple world with a bit of bar baby's and some smoke
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Amen
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Screw was tha don of tha south tha truth RIP
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I've been to screwed up records and tapes. Over 200 tapes for sell in CD format. Go there if you're ever in H-Town!! Been banging screw since college
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Hey kaleybetz
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My first time I here DJ Screw it was in 1995 and one of my roommate was listing to outlaw by 2pac and it blow my mind the way he did it . R.I.P. DJ SCERW��✌��
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Suc 4 life
Rip Lil Snupe
Rip Shangalang
Rip Soulja Slim
Rip Fat Pat
Rip Big Moe
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I'll see you soon tio
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R.I.P Robert Earl Davis
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somewhere something deep
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Long live DJ screw !
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Holding it down DJ screw ! Houston tx mayne ������
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the whole suc go hard , hold it dinee htineee rip screw
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R.I.P Dj Screw
#NoOneCanDoI t B e t t e r T h a n D j S c r e w
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SCREW head fa' Life/// H/Town, $outhWest !
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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. .
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R.I.P DJ Screw
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DJ Screw puts the L in lean..
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R I P DJ SCREW... FREE SPM DOPE HOUSE RECORDS 4LIFE!!!
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jakjaxon stfu
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the n**ga below me needa stfu lol
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Time 2 -slow down... yes Mr Jackson is on the damn lean tonight!!
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These kids don't know what this is!!
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I know about the Screw don't need no damn biography!!! Damn!!
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Just listen!!!
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Mind went blank thank you a few comments below.most don't know dj screw.
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Damn I love how he slows is down.listen to the table spin.
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The screw put lean.on the map. RIP Screw.now I'm going to slow down.
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Listenin to dat screw sippin on dat lean
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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
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Southside Houston Texas still holding always and forever love a good throwback
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We love you DJ Screw rip
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Rip ta da king of the south dj screw. Souf seal fa leel
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