DJ Screw Raised Appreciation for Lyricism and Rappers from All Coasts

A look at how the late Houston legend enhanced people’s reverence for MCing while introducing his listeners to deep album cuts and rappers from other regions.

Gino Sorcinelli
May 24 · 7 min read

The YouTube version of ‘June 27th.’

“I tell them they can come on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but Thursday is DJ Screw night.” — DJ Screw

Redman’s “Tonight’s da Night” chopped and screwed.

“It was just the underground stuff that he wanted people to hear, and they probably couldn’t hear it. They probably wouldn’t be able to understand it if they played it any other way.” — Devin The Dude

The chopped and screwed version of 8Ball and MJG’s “Daylight.”

“It made us come together even closer to the people that he was letting us hear, because a lot of them were songs that you didn’t really hear as far as being commercialized.” — Devin The Dude

The chopped and screwed version of De La Soul’s “Plug Tunin.’”

Micro-Chop

Dissecting beatmaking, DJing, rapping, and sampling.

Gino Sorcinelli

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Freelance journalist @Ableton, ‏@HipHopDX, @okayplayer, @Passionweiss, @RBMA, @ughhdotcom + @wearestillcrew. Creator of www.Micro-Chop.com and @bookshelfbeats.

Micro-Chop

Dissecting beatmaking, DJing, rapping, and sampling.