DJ Screw: Remembering Him 10 Years After His Death

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Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray
This Week's Panel: Chris Ward, Chuckway, Kyle Hubbard, Brad Gilmore, Simple Success

Not Invited: Nobody. Everybody was invited.

This Week's Prompt: This week is the anniversary of DJ Screw's passing on Nov. 16, 2000. We should definitely talk about that. Some of you were more familiar with him than others, so let's do this: Can you speak on either your favorite DJ Screw memory, favorite DJ Screw tape or favorite DJ Screw story? Take as much or as little space as you need.

Chris Ward: It's hard for me to say that I have just one favorite DJ Screw Tape, when there's a few classics by Big Moe (4 Corners of the World), Plots & Schemes by Poke, Keke and Moe, and both Who's next 2 Plex and Leanin' on da Switch ft. Big Pokey & Lil' Keke. And then there's Show Up & Pour Up, just to name a few.

As far as memories with my homie Screw, I gotta say the last couple times me and HAWK stopped by his home in Mo City. We just chilled and chopped it up about music (HAWK's album, Under HAWK's Wings), me being like a little brother to most, and also being pretty nice with it [laughs].

Most definitely the one time we was at the original parking lot pimpin spot of the H, (Cornbread's) we actually just got to post up in the wide open like we was just two deep and share what had been going on in our worlds at the time without being interupted by someone trying to get in on our moment, or be a part of it, which was almost impossible to do unless you was fam in those Screw Days, literally [laughs]. But it was still always all good though, and always a pleasure as well as a blessing in disguise from God .

Ironically, we use to chop it up something like he did his grey tapes... da big homie/friend/my DJ, Robert Earl Davis Jr.


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Chuckway: My favorite Screw tapes were All Day in the Trey, Four Corners of the World, Southside Still Holdin' and Symptoms of a Thug.


Kyle Hubbard: All I can say to him is R.I.P. and thanks so much for everything he did for the city. I wish he could see the impact his legacy has had even so long after his passing.



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