Here’s How Houston Is Celebrating Dj Screw’s 50th Birthday

In memory of the city's beloved pioneer.

By Jaisal Kalapatapu July 14, 2021

FROM JULY 20–25, HOUSTON NATIVE DJ II D.E.E.P. will be hosting DJ Screw Week to honor the late Robert Earl Davis Jr., also known as DJ Screw, on what would’ve been his 50th birthday. 

The late DJ Screw, who died in 2000, is considered a pioneer in the hip-hop industry. The producer was a Houston native who revolutionized the concept of mixtapes in the early 1990s by inventing the “chopped-and-screwed” method of slowing down the tempo of a song and adding different techniques, such as record scratching and skipping beats to achieve a “chopped-up” version of the song. 

During the '90s, Screw worked with other Houston emcees to rhyme on his mixes. The group would become known as the fathers of the Screwed Up Click, or S.U.C. The original group included artists such as Big Moe, E.S.G., Big Hawk, and Fat Pat, among others, and they later took in upcoming artists who would find success, such as Trae Tha Truth and Z-Ro. Screw’s mixes would become so popular that he would open up his shop, Screwed Up Records and Tapes, which still exists, and would sign to the BigTyme Recordz label.

Even today, Screw is still considered one of the greatest influences in the Houston music scene, and artists like Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion have sampled his music. 

Starting Tuesday, a variety of events in the city will honor his life. According to a flyer posted to the Screw Week Houston Instagram page, the events will be hosted by fellow Houston rap legends E.S.G., Devin The Dude, and Killa Kyleon. 

The festivities begin on Tuesday, July 20, which would’ve been Screw’s 50th birthday, at Main St. Tap and Grill. The other events, listed below, will follow.

Wednesday, July 21: DJ Screw Week Kickoff at Bar 5015

Thursday, July 22: Screwed Up Karaoke at Amahle Lounge

Friday, July 23: Screwed Up Live with DJ Mr. Rogers, at Parma Pizza

Saturday, July 24: Screwchella, at Wolves Den

Sunday, July 25: Brunch & Block Party at Kaffeine Cafe

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