Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Chris Ward, Chuckway, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Simple Success
Not Invited: Nobody. Everybody was invited.
This Week's Prompt: This week is the anniversary of DJ Screw's passing on Nov. 16, 2000. We should definitely talk about that. Some of you were more familiar with him than others, so let's do this: Can you speak on either your favorite DJ Screw memory, favorite DJ Screw tape or favorite DJ Screw story? Take as much or as little space as you need.
Chris Ward: It's hard for me to say that I have just one favorite DJ Screw Tape, when there's a few classics by Big Moe (4 Corners of the World), Plots & Schemes by Poke, Keke and Moe, and both Who's next 2 Plex and Leanin' on da Switch ft. Big Pokey & Lil' Keke. And then there's Show Up & Pour Up, just to name a few.
As far as memories with my homie Screw, I gotta say the last couple times me and HAWK stopped by his home in Mo City. We just chilled and chopped it up about music (HAWK's album, Under HAWK's Wings), me being like a little brother to most, and also being pretty nice with it [laughs].
Most definitely the one time we was at the original parking lot pimpin spot of the H, (Cornbread's) we actually just got to post up in the wide open like we was just two deep and share what had been going on in our worlds at the time without being interupted by someone trying to get in on our moment, or be a part of it, which was almost impossible to do unless you was fam in those Screw Days, literally [laughs]. But it was still always all good though, and always a pleasure as well as a blessing in disguise from God .
Ironically, we use to chop it up something like he did his grey tapes... da big homie/friend/my DJ, Robert Earl Davis Jr.
Chuckway: My favorite Screw tapes were All Day in the Trey, Four Corners of the World, Southside Still Holdin' and Symptoms of a Thug.
Kyle Hubbard: All I can say to him is R.I.P. and thanks so much for everything he did for the city. I wish he could see the impact his legacy has had even so long after his passing.
Brad Gilmore: DJ Screw has the biggest impact on the hip-hop scene of Houston and in the rest of the world. He's "The Originator." He invented the form of music that's synonymous with Houston, Chopped & Screwed.
Chopped & Screwed music had a bigger impact in the game than most people think. It has been utilized by more than just southern rappers. T-Pain had a single off his last album called "Chopped & Skrewed." Many mainstream artists have used the screwed vocal effect, like Kanye West - he used it on "Good Life" and "Monster". That alone should show you how much of an impact he has had in the game here 10 years after his passing.
When DJ Screw died, I was six years old. I really didn't get exposed to him until I was 14 and I heard "June 27th." That song was the jam, man, like no joke. That was DJ Screw's legacy, making music that just puts you in a really Houston mood.
It is sad that he passed before he could make an even bigger impact on the game, but hey, look at the mixtape of the year last year, So Far Gone. Even a Canadian rapper named Drake did his own version of "June 27th." It just shows that people still respect Screw. RIP DJ Screw.
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Simple Success: There's truly so much we could say about Screw and how his life and work has influenced us and every other Houstonian. DJ Screw was a pioneer and a leader. His creativity and vision for a new sound for music was remarkable. His work ethic was unmatched and that's what we feel to be the most memorable trait about him.
He worked steadily building the S.U.C and creating such a huge demand for his tapes. He was a true entrepreneur and he did this himself. He put on so many up and coming rappers out of Houston and gave them exposure to a huge fan base.
He is the very reason Edgar [Simple Success' DJ] got into DJing. Edgar's DJ name is "DJ Chop E." He got into DJing after listening to Screw and watching videos and what he was doing. It influenced him [Edgar] so much that he bought his first set of turntables and began making chopped and screwed tapes for his friends.
We feel like he sets the bar and leads a fine example of true musicianship, entrepreneurism and plain hard work. Our utmost favorite DJ Screw tape, and probably everyones favorite, is "June 27." Nuff said.