DJ Screw

DJ Screw

DJ Screw

Biography

DJ Screw, born Robert Earl Davis, Jr. (July 20, 1971 – November 16, 2000, was a central figure in the Houston hip hop scene. His innovation included the trademark technique of slowing down the basic tracks of a cut when he remixed it.

DJ Screw was born in Bastrop, Texas to Robert Earl Davis, Sr. DJ Screw had lived in Smithville, Houston, and Los Angeles; at one point his father took him to Houston in order to keep him from trouble. There DJ Screw lived in a working class, mostly African American neighborhood near Hobby Airport described by Michael Hall of Texas Monthly as “hard-edged.” DJ Screw dropped out of Sterling High School during his 10th grade year and focused on music.

DJ Screw began deejaying at age 13, and started his trademark slowed down mixes in 1984. During the early 1990s, he invited some of Houston’s most renowned rappers from the south side of the city to flow on his Screw tapes. This eventually led to the formation of the Screwed Up Click.

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 DJ 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 record store, Screwed Up Records and Tapes.

Yet it’s hard to imagine DJ 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 DJ 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 DJ Screw’s popularity as his music was (especially considering some of his tape titles: Syrup & Soda, Syrup Sippers, Sippin’ Codeine, etc.) Still, DJ 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 rappers such as Big Pokey and Lil’ Keke, along with about 30 others were known locally.

Ironically, when DJ 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 DJ 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 DJ 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.

Discography

DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' Part One

DJ Screw – 3 ‘N The Mornin’ (Part One)

Bigtyme Recordz 1995
DJ Screw – Bigtyme Vol II All Screwed Up

DJ Screw – Bigtyme Vol II All Screwed Up

Bigtyme Recordz 1995
DJ Screw - 3 'N The Mornin' (Part Two)

DJ Screw – 3 ‘N The Mornin’ (Part Two)

Bigtyme Recordz 1995
DJ Screw - I Wanna Get High With Da Blanksta

DJ Screw – I Wanna Get High With Da Blanksta

Bigtyme Recordz 1996
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Dead End Alliance - Screwed For Life

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Dead End Alliance – Screwed For Life

Dead End Records 1998
DJ Screw - All Work, No Play

DJ Screw – All Work No Play

Jam Down Records 1999
DJ Screw - The Legend

DJ Screw – The Legend

Bigtyme Recordz 2001
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click - Soldiers United 4 Cash: The Soundtrack

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click – Soldiers United 4 Cash: The Soundtrack

TJ Music, Reliant Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - Sentimental Value

DJ Screw – Sentimental Value

Wreckless Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - As The World Turns Slow

DJ Screw – As The World Turns Slow

Wreckless Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - All Work No Play Vol. 2

DJ Screw – All Work No Play Vol. 2

Reliant Entertainment 2002
DJ Screw - June 27

DJ Screw – June 27

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2004
DJ Screw - N 2 Deep

DJ Screw – N 2 Deep

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2004
DJ Screw - The Final Chapter

DJ Screw – The Final Chapter

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2004
DJ Screw - Flows From The Lost Grey Tapes

DJ Screw – Flows From The Lost Grey Tapes

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2004
DJ Screw - 11 • 16 • 00

DJ Screw – 11 • 16 • 00

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2005
DJ Screw - Playaz Nite

DJ Screw – Playaz Nite

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2005
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click - Soldiers United For Cash Vol. 2

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click – Soldiers United For Cash Vol. 2

Starz Music 2005
DJ Screw - June 27 (Limited Edition)

DJ Screw – June 27 (Limited Edition)

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2007
DJ Screw - 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3

DJ Screw – 11 • 16 • 00 Volume 3

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2008
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click - Fallen Soldiers

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click – Fallen Soldiers

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2008

Guest Appearances

3-2 - The Wicked Buddah Baby
  • Buddah Baby Outro

3-2 – The Wicked Buddah Baby

Rap-A-Lot Records 1996
DJ DMD - Eleven
  • So Real (The Screwed Up Click Mix)

DJ DMD – Eleven

Inner Soul Records 1997
Botany Boys - Thought Of Many Ways
  • Botany Is Tha Block

Botany Boys – Thought Of Many Ways

Big Shot Records 1997
Point Blank - N-Tha-Do'
  • High With Tha Blanksta

Point Blank – N-Tha-Do’

Bigtyme Recordz 1997
Rashid - The Game
  • Parlay

Rashid – The Game

E&R Records 1997
Lil' Keke - The Commission
  • Still Pimping Pens (Screwed)

Lil’ Keke – The Commission

Jam Down Records, Breakaway Entertainment 1998
K-Rino - No Mercy
  • Why Ya Wanna Hate?

K-Rino – No Mercy

Electric City Records 1999
PSK-13 - Pay Like You Weigh
  • See Me Again

PSK-13 – Pay Like You Weigh

Nightshift Muzik 1999
Point Blank - Bad Newz Travels Fast
  • It’s Been A Long Time

Point Blank – Bad Newz Travels Fast

Bigtyme Recordz 1999
C-Note Of The Botany Boyz - Third Coast Born
  • Screwed Up Click

C-Note Of The Botany Boyz – Third Coast Born

Big Shot Records 1999
Lil' O - Blood Money
  • Rags To Riches

Lil’ O – Blood Money

Game Face Entertainment 1999
Botany Boyz - Forever Botany
  • Botany St. Intro

Botany Boyz – Forever Botany

Big Shot Records 1999
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Southside Playaz - Street Game
  • Hell Razor

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Southside Playaz – Street Game

Laftex Records 2000
H.A.W.K. - Under H.A.W.K.'s Wings
  • I Can Make You Dance

H.A.W.K. – Under H.A.W.K.’s Wings

Dead End Records 2000
Big Moe - City Of Syrup
  • Leanin’

Big Moe – City Of Syrup

Wreckshop Records 2000
DJ DMD - Thirty-Three: Live From Hiroshima
  • Let A Playa Come Thru (So Real 2000)

DJ DMD – Thirty-Three: Live From Hiroshima

Inner Soul Records 2001
D-Drew - Down South Still Holdin'
  • Intro

D-Drew – Down South Still Holdin’

Ice Bird Entertainment 2001
Fat Pat - Greatest Hits
  • Screwed For Life

Fat Pat – Greatest Hits

Wreckshop Records 2001
DJ DMD - Fourty-Four: 3rd Coast Classics Vol. 1
  • So Real (The Screwed Up Click Mix)

DJ DMD – Fourty-Four: 3rd Coast Classics Vol. 1

Inner Soul Records 2002
Chris Ward & Big Pokey - Mob 4 Life
  • Screw Skit

Chris Ward & Big Pokey – Mob 4 Life

Mobb Style Entertainment 2003
K-Rino - Ten Year Run (1993-2003)
  • Why You Wanna Hate?

K-Rino – Ten Year Run (1993-2003)

Black Book International 2003
Point Blank The Bull - Just When You Thought It Was Safe
  • Point Blank & DJ Screw (R-I-P) Choppen It Up

Point Blank The Bull – Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Wreckless Entertainment 2004
Big Moe - Classics Vol. 1
  • City Of Syrup

Big Moe – Classics Vol. 1

Wreckshop Records 2004
Fat Pat - Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2
  • The Way You Make Me Feel

Fat Pat – Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2005
Lil' O - Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)
  • Rags To Riches

Lil’ O – Blood Money: The Retold Story (Deluxe Edition)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Lil' O - My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)
  • Rags 2 Riches

Lil’ O – My Struggle My Hustle (The Lost Tapes)

Bar None Entertainment 2006
Big Moe - The Best Of
  • City Of Syrup

Big Moe – The Best Of

Wreckshop Records 2007
C-Note - Texas Hold 'Em
  • Screwed Up Click

C-Note – Texas Hold ‘Em

SoSouth 2010
Screwed Up Click - The Take Over
  • SUC Soldiers

Screwed Up Click – The Take Over

Double Tap Entertainment 2014

Compilations

Down South Hustlers - Bouncin' And Swingin'
  • My Mind Went Blank (Remix)

Down South Hustlers – Bouncin’ And Swingin’

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
Young Southern Playaz Vol. 1
  • Screwed Up Click (Pimp Tha Pen Remix)

Young Southern Playaz Vol. 1

Brutal Records, Priority Records 1996
King George Presents Playas & Hustlas
  • The Southside

King George Presents Playas & Hustlas

Highness Records, Me & Mine Entertainment 1997
Poetic-1 & D-Diggs - Sex, Drugs & Rap
  • Can’t Stop This

Poetic-1 & D-Diggs – Sex, Drugs & Rap

Mobb Status Entertainment 1999
Realest Ni@@as Down South
  • Mind On My Money

Realest Ni@@as Down South

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1999
Straight From The Streetz Presents The Houston Hard Hitters Vol. 1
  • So Real

Straight From The Streetz Presents The Houston Hard Hitters Vol. 1

Paid In Full Entertainment 1999
Somethin' For The Whodi's
  • City Of Syrup

Somethin’ For The Whodi’s

Priority Records 2001
Al-D Presents Unconditional Luv: A Memorial To DJ Screw
  • Big Freddy (Last Song DJ Screw Recorded)

Al-D Presents Unconditional Luv: A Memorial To DJ Screw

Power House Records, Fukusumi Music Group 2002
Caught Up Down $outh: The Untold Story Vol. 1
  • Bonus Track

Caught Up Down $outh: The Untold Story Vol. 1

First Degree Records 2002

Remix

E.S.G. - Ocean Of Funk
  • Swangin And Bangin Screwed

E.S.G. – Ocean Of Funk

Perrion Entertainment 1994
E.S.G. - Sailin' Da South
  • Swangin’ And Bangin’ Screwed

E.S.G. – Sailin’ Da South

Perrion Entertainment, Priority Records 1995
Aggravated - Accept
  • I Am Your Future (DJ Screw)

Aggravated – Accept

Aggravated Records 1995
Down South Hustlers - Bouncin' And Swingin'
  • My Mind Went Blank (Screwed)

Down South Hustlers – Bouncin’ And Swingin’

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1995
Al-D - Home Of The Free
  • Welcome 2 Tha Jungle (Screwed)

Al-D – Home Of The Free

Jam Down Records 1996
DJ DMD - Eleven
  • So Real (The Screwed Up Click Mix)

DJ DMD – Eleven

Inner Soul Records 1997
Lil' Keke - Don't Mess Wit Texas
  • Still Pimping In The Pen (Screwed)

Lil’ Keke – Don’t Mess Wit Texas

Jam Down Records 1997
Lil' Keke - The Commission
  • Still Pimping Pens (Screwed)

Lil’ Keke – The Commission

Jam Down Records, Breakaway Entertainment 1998
Realest Ni@@as Down South
  • Mind On My Money

Realest Ni@@as Down South

Rap-A-Lot Records, Priority Records 1999
Lil' Flip - The Leprechaun
  • Soufside Still Holdin’ (Radio)

Lil’ Flip – The Leprechaun

Sucka Free Records 2000
Point Blank The Bull - My Personal Screw Tape
  • All Tracks

Point Blank The Bull – My Personal Screw Tape

Wreckless Entertainment 2003
Fat Pat - Since The Gray Tapes
  • All Tracks

Fat Pat – Since The Gray Tapes

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2005
Fat Pat - Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2
  • All Tracks

Fat Pat – Since The Gray Tapes Vol. 2

Screwed Up Click Entertainment 2005
UGK - The Bigtyme Way
  • Short Texas (DJ Screw Mix)

UGK – The Bigtyme Way

RBC Records, Bigtyme Recordz 2011

Production

Al-D - Home Of The Free
  • All Tracks

Al-D – Home Of The Free

Jam Down Records 1996
5th Ward (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Vol. 1
  • One Life To Live

5th Ward (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Vol. 1

Fishbowl Records 1997
King George Presents Playas & Hustlas
  • The Southside

King George Presents Playas & Hustlas

Highness Records, Me & Mine Entertainment 1997
DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Southside Playaz - Street Game
  • Hell Razor

DJ Screw & The Screwed Up Click Presents Southside Playaz – Street Game

Laftex Records 2000
Mike-D. A*k*a Bosshog Corleone - His Greatest Flows: My Gift To The World
  • Call Up On Drank

Mike-D. Aka Bosshog Corleone Presents His Greatest Flows: My Gift To The World

Corleone Family Entertainment 2003