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10 years ago today marks the passing of Robert Earl “DJ Screw” Davis Jr. Founder of the Screwed Up Click which gave birth to many of H-Town’s greatest rappers such as Lil’ Keke, Fat Pat, Big Pokey, ESG, Big Hawk, & The Botany Boys.

He was known for his trademark slowed-down mixes also known as “Screw tapes”. One of the most legendary being “June 27th”. Other notable Screw tapes are “All Screwed Up, Vol. 1” (1995), “3 ‘N the Mornin Part 1” (1995), “3 ‘N the Mornin Part 2 Blue” (1996), “3 ‘N the Mornin Part 2 Red” (1998) and “All Work, No Play” (1999).

When Screw, just 29 at the time, died medical examiners said it was from an overdose of codeine – (otherwise known as “lean,” “syrup” or “barre”), a mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup and soda that can create a feeling of sedated euphoria when taken in large quantities.

His legacy continues to reach beyond the 3rd Coast as many artist have paid homage including Drake’s “November 18th” which is an update of the “June 27th” freestyle. & T-Pain’s (2008) release “Chopped & Screwed”.

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