SCRAPBOOK SATURDAYS: The Source on DJ Screw
“RIP DJ Screw” is currently a trending topic on Twitter. Many of users are wishing the late legend a happy birthday or even assuming that he died recently and not 9 years ago (others are on some echo chamber “who is dj screw?” shit, but I digress). Presumably this trend was at least partially inspired by inferences stemming from a Tweet left by a certain mallard rap carpetbagger. It’s a touching gesture, except June 27 is not actually DJ Screw’s birthday. It’s not the day he died. It’s not the day of his Bar Mitzvah or the day he discovered pitch control. It’s simply the name of a tape. June 27 is a fantastic Screw tape, one of his best for sure. But the name just references the day it was recorded. (It is SUC member D-Moe’s birthday, so perhaps that’s where some of the confusion comes from.)
But let’s talk about this article, clipped from the July 1995 issue of The Source. Specifically the kicker. “I wanna screw the whole world.” Many artists sit down with the intent to change the world. It goes without saying that very few actually succeed. Screw not only did it, he did it completely on his own terms, out the trunk and underground in the purest way possible. Could he have even imagined that a pretty boy Canadian child star would one day turn his underground tape into a love song or that a national radio hit would be an ode to the style he created? That thousands of confused internet users even know his name, if not his birthday, is an accomplishment in of itself. So RIP DJ Screw. He should be trending every day. Trending in the trunk. And all my tweet sheep should go and listen to some actual Screw tapes before they fire off that next 140.
I also scanned a Screw Q&A from the November ’95 Rap Pages. Check it after you jump.