Screwed Up Records & Tapes Facing Eviction

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The days of Screwed Up Records & Tapes may be numbered. Just two days after Houston's hip-hop community marked the anniversary of DJ Screw's wildly cherished "June 27 Freestyle," Rocks Off has now learned that the iconic Southside record store has been facing eviction for some time now.

If the landlord, Dr. Pondexter, has his way, Screwed Up Records & Tapes will go the way of CBGB, 1520 Sedgwick Ave, and 8-track tapes. Pondexter, who leased the property to Screw's estate, told them that he needs the space to expand his dental business.

While news of the eviction will definitely surprise some, the issue has been dangling atop Screwed Up Records & Tapes like the Sword of Damocles for over five years now. Big Bub, one of the shop's caretakers, says the landlord first hinted at it after Screw passed.

Since then, it's resurfaced on and off. At one point, says Bub, Screwed Up's owners offered Dr. Pondexter $100,000 to purchase the tiny shack. He declined. It's impossible to get to the bottom of Dr. Pondexter's motive for trying to reclaim that part of his building without hearing from the man, but it appears that money isn't very high on the list.

Rocks Off left a message with his office requesting comments, and had not heard back at press time.

Both parties have already slugged it out in court, and the eviction judge ruled that Pondexter has the right to reclaim his property. Screwed Up Records & Tapes has filed an appeal and is awaiting a new court date.

Last December, we ran a piece on the store's cultural significance. The store has managed to weather a slew of challenges, from hard times to bootlegging. But it's hard to imagine it will survive this one. Hip-hop fans better pray there's a Screw fan in Pondexter.

As for Plan B, the shop has a few options on the table but nothing concrete has materialized so far. Naturally, company morale is down.

"Everyone's heartbroken about it," says Big Bub. "People are aggravated, but we're still trying to stay positive."


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37 comments
Nachtmaher1
Nachtmaher1

RIP DJ Screw.  It is very sad to me that no one could save Screwed Up Records and Tapes.  I live in D.C. and drove all the way to Houston many times just to go to Screwed Up Records and Tapes.  I am grateful I experienced that and bought many tapes from the shop.  I'll never forget hearing that Screw bangin' all down the street, walking in, smelling like good green, and looking at the titles on the wall.

Haesslere
Haesslere

They already closed it down..

Matt Knochel
Matt Knochel

Too bad it actually closed down August 31, 2011. The day houston rap died. Someone should knock some sense into landlord Dr. Pondexter for evicting such a musically influential place.

screwhead713
screwhead713

CLOSING THE SCREWSHOP IS LIKE BREAKING THE ALAMO...MAYNEE FUCK DAT!

Rolyg1982
Rolyg1982

Maynn fucc thT shit,,,off with pndexters head...chop and screw that fool,,,hittem with the chopper and cheese...jus saying,,,know I'm saying...

Toi'MsKitty Thomas
Toi'MsKitty Thomas

I think thats real fucked up skrew is living legend and that skrew shop is a landmark/..

JUANMVALDEZJR
JUANMVALDEZJR

THIS IS ALL HATE TOWARDS A MAN WHO STOOD BEHIND HIS SHIT AND THEY DONT WANNA LET THAT RIDE BC THEY ARE CONSPIRATORS AGAINST SOMETHING THEY DONT UNDERSTAND!!! FK DM

JAY VEE
JAY VEE

I HATE THAT THEY'RE TRING TO TAKE AWAY A PLACE THAT HAS SO MANY MEMORIES, AND THAT HAS SO MUCH IMPORTANCE IN THA COMMUNITY.

Edion
Edion

That's Houston's roots.

MoCity Menis
MoCity Menis

I record here @ Screwed Up Records & Tapes everyday. I watch Big Bubb go through so much adversity. Rarely do i see people attempt2 help lift that burden he carries. The "Screw Shop" should be a Houston landmark. If u live in Houston and rap, Screwed Up Records & Tapes makes you who you are. We owe our music culture to 1 man. DJ Screw.

Queen Undaground
Queen Undaground

It's a shame that ppl have Nothing in thier life; so they Block the $un on Who ppl love Jus to get FAME for 15 mins. R.I.P DJ.SCREW All the Way In ATL, NoOne will forget you! No Matter How Hard They Try & cover up yo greatness - I will never let 'em forget! S.U.C 4 Life

Test
Test

It's a shame that ppl have Nothing in thier life; so they Block the $un on Who ppl love Jus to get FAME for 15 mins. R.I.P DJ.SCREW All the Way In ATL, NoOne will forget you! No Matter How Hard They Try & cover up yo greatness - I will never let 'em forget! S.U.C 4 Life

Daizha Banks
Daizha Banks

Dats some fucked up ass shit!!! RIP Screw miss ya baby!!! Morn ya till i join ya...

Celzyjr
Celzyjr

They should offer a box set of every last Screw tape if they haven't before. Id be interested in buying that just for the significance.

Julie Grob
Julie Grob

The legacy of DJ Screw has been recognized by the New York Times, the Guardian, and the University of Houston Libraries. I hope that Dr. Pondexter can be persuaded to leave this cultural landmark alone.

cobymathews
cobymathews

MAN THAT FUCCED UP  THE SCREW SHOP IZ ALL WE HAVE SO IT THEY CLOSE IT I WILL GO BUY ALL THE DJ SCREW TAPE AND CDZ I CAN FIND STOP HATIN PONDEXTER

n8d0g
n8d0g

Any chance we could move the shop into the Astrodome?  Kill two birds with one stone?

H_e_x
H_e_x

This is some real bullshit. Does this man want to be responsible for taking away something so precious to the city? Sure, he owns the land, but the historical significance is worth more than his dentistry.

Geezy
Geezy

In Houston we have Nasa, The Astrodome, & Screwed Up Records & Tapes. All of this shit is synonymous with our city- I hope for the sake of our musical roots that common sense intervenes here and he lets them stay. It's going to be a sad day in hell if they are forced to close down. 

I'm with Elseo214- Man Fuck That. 

Pwebbtx
Pwebbtx

Yea, fuck that. That's Houston's roots.

CraigHlavaty
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jasonHTX713
jasonHTX713

Should be a historical landmark 100% how can we do this?

CraigHlavaty
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Mldelorosa
Mldelorosa

he went to school to be a dentist......not a realtor and definitely not a crowd pleaser. denistry is paying the bills.

CraigHlavaty
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