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DJ Screw

A Life in Slow Revolution

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DJ Screw, a.k.a. Robert Earl Davis Jr., changed rap and hip-hop forever. In the 1990s, in a spare room of his Houston home, he developed a revolutionary mixing technique known as chopped and screwed. Spinning two copies of a record, Screw would chop in new rhythms, bring in local rappers to freestyle over the tracks, and slow the recording down on tape. Soon Houstonians were lining up to buy his cassetteshe could sell thousands in a single day. Fans drove around town blasting his music, a sound that came to define the citys burgeoning and innovative rap culture. June 27 has become an unofficial city holiday, inspired by a legendary mix Screw made on that date. Lance Scott Walker has interviewed nearly everyone who knew Screw, from childhood friends to collaborators to aficionados who evangelized Screws tapesmillions of which made their way around the globeas well as the New York rap moguls who honored him. Walker brings these voices together with captivating details of Screws craft and his world. More than the story of one man, DJ Screw is a history of the Houston scene as it came of age, full of vibrant moments and characters. But none can top Screw himself, a pioneer whose mystique has only grown in the two decades since his death.
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Weaving flashes of his own voice into an oral history featuring over 130 of Screws friends, family, heroes, students, and more, Walker stitches together a full picture of the iconic DJs legacy. -- Mankaprr Conteh * Rolling Stone * DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution offers an overdue look at the life of this titan and his often-overlooked compatriots...the Screw bio lays out a historically informed, nuanced survey of the economic and technological factors that drove an artists creations and the Screwed Up Clicks career...A Life in Slow Revolution not only offers Screw the studied biographical record he deserves, but also puts so many of his fellow S.U.C. members, whod never gotten a high-profile book of their own, squarely within the rap canon: Al-D, E.S.G., Big Pokey, Big Moe, and, of course, Big Floyd. -- Nitish Pahwa * Slate * This book is the ultimate word on both [DJ Screw] and his seismic imprint...Walker transubstantiates Screws lore into something more permanent and tangible, interviewing just about everyone that ever knew the DJ, along with a number of aficionados and famous fans of his that helped make the Screw tape the hip-hop fetish objects that they have become in the decades since Daviss death. -- Israel Daramola * Vulture, "The 18 Best Books of the Year (So Far)" * DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution is a worthwhile biography and oral history, even for those who already know the story of Screw's short, impactful life....this book is a worthy topography of Screws life, from its humble start to its tragic end. -- Chris Vognar * Texas Monthly * [DJ Screw] delivers not just the story of one individual but the birth of a culture and the rise of a movement. We get to feel the excitement, pitfalls, rivalries and triumphs of a young scene coming into its own...[DJ Screw is] a deeply researched and carefully curated work, devoting as much consideration to Screws own story as it does to those he influenced and those who influenced him...Walkers extensive knowledge of and, more important, his great respect for his subject come across on the page...[Walker's] prose often has the rhythm and flow of poetry. -- Santi Elijah Holley * Washington Post * In this sensational oral history, hip-hop historian Walker (Houston Rap Tapes) offers a riveting look at why 'DJ Screw is the stuff of Texas legend'...Though [DJ Screw's] life was cut short, Walkers meticulous account underscores the enduring legacy of the rappers pioneering music and his awe-inspiring ability to capture 'the sound of the streets.' This engrossing work will fascinate fans. * Publishers Weekly * An ambitious love letter to one of Houstons beloved mixtape kings...An insightful portrait sure to engage DJ Screws longtime fans and newcomers alike. * Kirkus, Starred Review * [A] fascinating oral history chronicling the life of DJ Screw...Walkers years of research and personal expertise about Houstons music scene will help cement Screws legacy as an innovator who still inspires. * Library Journal * The 'chopped and screwed' sound has become such a staple of hip-hop that most fans probably dont even wonder where the slowed-down, stop-start sonic approach came fromand thus, the late DJ Screw, a.k.a. Houston native Robert Earl Davis Jr., is one of the truly unsung heroes of the genre...he's finally receiving his due in the form of DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution. -- Jem Aswad * Variety * The sort of history from below that Walker pursues [in DJ Screw], organised around dialogues with Screw's family and friends, and framed by some light touch narration, seems appropriate. This is the story, after all, of a folk hero who rarely left his hometown...and who resided outside the circuits of official culture...As a written form, oral history suits the circumstantial nature of Screw's artistic development too...It's a form that also serves here to

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Lance Scott Walker is originally from Texas and is now based in New York. He is the author of Houston Rap Tapes and collaborated on the companion photo book Houston Rap. He has written for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Red Bull Music Academy, Vice, Wondering Sound, Fader, and The Wire.