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DJ Screw, in the Mesmerizing Words of Those Who Knew Him

With a TV miniseries on the way and the enduring popularity of his chopped-and-screwed production style, Houston’s DJ Screw remains a vital cultural figure 22 years after his death. Now a new book—part oral history, part cultural criticism—is set to spread his legacy even further. Lance Scott...
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A new city budget proposal, and a biography of DJ Screw (May 11, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: City Controller Chris Brown joins us to give his perspective on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposed city budget. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, author Lance Scott Walker talks about his new book DJ Screw: A Life...
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Biography of DJ Screw, Legendary Hip-Hop Producer Who Pioneered the ‘Chopped ‘n Screwed’ Sound, Due in May

Click here to read the full article. The “chopped and screwed” sound has become such a staple of hip-hop that most fans probably don’t even wonder where the slowed-down, stop-start sonic approach came from — and thus, the late DJ Screw, a.k.a. Houston native Robert Earl Davis Jr., is one of the truly unsung heroes of the genre. During the 1990s, he developed the revolutionary mixing technique from his Houston home, adding new rhythms to instrumental tracks, slowing them down and bringing in local rappers to freestyle over the tracks. Before long, he was selling thousands of tapes — most of his...
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