The top players of the Houston hip-hop game, including Bun B, Mike Jones and Slim Thug, have more than just their hometown and genre of music in common: They've all been screwed and chopped in other words, mixed by the late, great DJ Screw, whose style was marked by beats that ooze like molasses and the slowing down of vocals into a resounding, relaxed groove, said to recreate the effect of mixing promethazine with codeine cough syrup. Screw also screwed and chopped R. Kelly and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and formed the rap assembly Screwed Up Click before his 2000 death due to a heart attack.
Screw's legacy will be celebrated at the first annual DJ Screwfest, featuring a who's who of Houston rappers, including Slim Thug, Bun B, Pimp C, DJ Michael "5000" Watts and the still-going Screwed Up Click. Proceeds go to the DJ Screw Foundation, which awards scholarships for music and audio engineering classes.
Sat., July 22, 10 a.m.