Robert Earl Davis Jnr., Houston, Texas, USA, d. 16 November 2000, Houston, Texas, USA. A leading figure on Houstons underground scene, Davis contribution to the citys rise as a force on the rap scene was unfortunately overshadowed by his tragic overdose in 2000.
Davis began recording mix tapes as DJ Screw in the early 90s, and had soon developed his trademark style: well-known tracks were screwed down to a funereal pace, creating an eerie atmosphere reminiscent at times of the UKs trip-hop genre. The sound was directly influenced by Screws advocacy of syrup sippin, a southern rap phenomenon based around the drinking of codeine-laced cough syrup, which induces a sluggish, hallucinatory state in the user. Other advocates of the drug included Three 6 Mafia, who enjoyed a minor hit with Sippin On Some Syrup.
Screw recorded hundreds of mix tapes...