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HAWK, back to the camera
The rapper HAWK stands with his back to the camera to display the lettering printed on the back of his jersey that reads "R.I.P. D.J. Screw." Behind him is a painted backdrop at a club.
On Da Grind Records presents Big DeMo June 27 Birthday Jam All Access Pass
"June 27th" was DJ Screw's most famous mixtape, created in 1996 for his friend Big DeMo's birthday and featuring a 40 minute long freestyle, or improvised rap, by multiple people. Screw tapes were often...
Big Mello promotional photograph
This promotional photograph accompanied the release of the late rapper Big Mello's 1996 album "Southside Story," which came out on N-Terrorgation Records. Big Mello was one of the first to rap about Houston's...
Juneteenth Rap Explosion featuring Screwed Up Click's D.E.A., Southside Playaz, Straight Profit Records
This Juneteenth concert was held at Vernon L. Richards Riverbend Park on the outskirts of Smithville, the small Texas town where DJ Screw was raised. Performers were all members of rap collective the Screwed...
Partial song list for a screw tape
DJ Screw kept small notepads in which he jotted down phone numbers and other things. This page shows what looks like a partial list of songs for a screw tape. The songs are by Fat Pat and the group Dead...
DJ Screw on the mixer and turntables.
DJ Screw on the mixer and turntables in the "wood room" at his house on Greenstone in the Gulfgate area, where he lived with longtime girlfriend Nikki Williams. Many of the screw tapes that he was famous...
Lyrics by DJ Screw for his verse on the song "Screwed Up Click" by C-Note
Although primarily a DJ, Screw also rapped on both screw tapes and albums. In this small notepad, he worked out the lyrics for his verse on the song "Screwed Up Click," which appeared on the album "Third...
99 Live screw tape
This original "gray tape" by DJ Screw was made to commemorate the birthdays of Screwed Up Click members and brothers Lil' Randy and Ron'O. The music on the tape was chosen by Lil' Randy and DJ Screw and...
Screw tape list for Soc
Most of the songs on this screw tape, with titles like "Crooked Streets" and "Shed So Many Tears" relate to the lifestyle and pressures of drug dealing. As DJ Screw recorded the songs that were requested...
Rap lyrics by Shunny Pooh
Shunny Pooh jotted down these rap lyrics during a visit to DJ Screw's house. He released the various artists album "3rd Coast Finest Volume 1", which featured Screwed Up Click members and other noted Houston...
DJ Screw's car
DJ Screw drove a 1996 Impala Super Sport on blades (chrome rims with a propeller-like shape) that he had painted "screw blue." In 2006, his car was restored with his portrait on the hood and displayed...
Screw tape list for Steve
Rappers and friends who ordered a mixtape from DJ Screw would prepare a list of the songs that they wanted "chopped and screwed" for their own personal tape. This screw tape list for "Steve" (possibly...
DJ Screw at Samplified Digital Recording Studio during the recording of 3 N tha Mornin' in 1996.
DJ Screw recorded a series of "aboveground" albums for the local label BigTyme Recordz, owned by Russell Washington. They were recorded and mixed by Maestro at Samplified Digital Recording Studio in Missouri...
Al-D and DeMo
Rappers Al-D and DeMo at Screw's house on Greenstone. Though not related, Al-D and Screw were so close that they described themselves as brothers. In addition to rapping on screw tapes, Al-D also released...
Obituary (memorial service program) for DJ Screw
DJ Screw, or Robert Earl Davis, Jr., made his mark on the world by creating a new production technique called "chopped and screwed," which was distributed on popular mixtapes that also featured local rappers...
Flyer for "New Album Release Party featuring Lil Flip, Sucka Free Records, & Botany Boys, Big Shot Records, Sat. Feb. 19th"
This concert at Houston's Club Fusion celebrated the release of the albums "The Leprechaun" by Lil' Flip and "Forever Botany" by the Botany Boys. Guests were a "who's who" of Houston hip hop, including...
Maestro in his studio, Samplified Digital Recording Studio in Missouri City.
According to Russell Washington of BigTyme Records, the late Maestro "was an integral part of what we did." He engineered and mixed DJ Screw's studio albums "3 'N the Mornin'", "All Screwed Up", and "I...
DJ Screw and DJ Chill behind the turntables
DJ Screw and his close friend DJ Chill (then an MC) were hired to provide music for a middle school dance at Gregory Lincoln Education Center. Their equipment included one turntable that belonged to DJ...
Screw tape list for Lil Keke
This list for a personalized mixtape "chopped and screwed" by DJ Screw was presumably created for famed rapper and Screwed Up Click member Lil' Keke. Songs by local artists Lil' Troy, Big Pokey, Fat Pat,...
UGK promotional photograph
This photograph of Port Arthur duo UGK was taken in 1992 to promote their "Southern Way" e.p., which was initially released on cassette. Bun B and the late Pimp C were among the most influential rappers...
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