Robert Davis Jr. a/k/a DJ Screw passed away over 16 years ago and his impact is still felt daily. He is the creator of the Chopped and Screwed DJ technique and recognized as one the most important figures in Southern Hip-Hop history.
He would have turned 46 today. Sadly, he was only 29 when we lost him. When the coroner reports were released, they confirmed that he died of a codeine overdose in addition to mixed drug intoxication. The codeine came from a prescription-strength cough syrup (promethazine) that he would mix with soda to make a beverage called purple drank or lean.
He was widely known for his “Screw Tapes” that were mainly sold out of his house. The tapes featured members of the Screwed Up Click which launched the careers of Lil Keke, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Botany Boyz, Big Pokey, Lil O, Z-Ro, Lil Flip & Big Hawk.
It still amazes me how many people call me every day to play Pimp The Pen or June 27th as a way of paying their respects for this H-Town icon. His cultural impact goes far beyond the city and it will be long time before anyone forgets it. I just pray we learn a lesson in his death about the dangers of illicit drug use and the effects it can have on your body.