DJ Screw (inbunden)
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DJ Screw (inbunden)

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 cassettes-he could sell thousands in a single day. Fans drove around town blasting his music, a sound that came to define the city's 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 Screw's tapes-millions of which made their way around the globe-as well as the New York rap moguls who honored him. Walker brings these voices together with captivating details of Screw's 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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  • Houston Rap Tapes

    Lance Scott Walker

    The neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Fourth Ward, Third Ward, and the Southside of Houston, Texas, gave birth to Houston rap, a vibrant music scene that has produced globally recognized artists such as Geto Boys, DJ Screw, Pimp C and Bun B of UGK, Fat...

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Weaving flashes of his own voice into an oral history featuring over 130 of Screw's friends, family, heroes, students, and more, Walker stitches together a full picture of the iconic DJ's 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 artist's creations and the Screwed Up Click's 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, who'd 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 Screw's 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 Davis's 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 Screw's 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 Screw's own story as it does to those he influenced and those who influenced him...Walker's 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, Walker's meticulous account underscores the enduring legacy of the rapper's 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 Houston's beloved mixtape kings...An insightful portrait sure to engage DJ Screw's longtime fans and newcomers alike. * Kirkus, Starred Review * [A] fascinating oral history chronicling the life of DJ Screw...Walker's years of research and personal expertise about Houston's music scene will help cement Screw's 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 don't even wonder where the slowed-down, stop-start sonic approach came from-and 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 dispel some enduring myths, especially the oft repeated function of Screw's sound to a function of int

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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.