After a Decade, Lost Screwed Up Click Album The Take Over Comes to Light

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Lil Keke, as featured in the 2013 book Houston Rap
The Take Over isn't a relic by any means; it's a proper and astute Screwed Up Click lost grey tape with features from nearly any man who ever went to Screw's house and went behind the gate to jump on the microphone. The Botany Boyz, Mr. 3-2, Z-Ro, Trae Tha Truth, Fat Pat, E.S.G., Lil Flip, Bun B, Big Moe, Lil Keke and even H.A.W.K. make appearances, bridged by the unified belief that not only the SUC needed this record but the fans did as well. Best of all, Screw himself gets the final say on the album-closing "SUC Soldiers" featuring arguably the Click's strongest twosome, Keke & Pat, along with H.A.W.K.

"It's like a verse in the Bible," Mike says with a chuckle. "You know how all the stories in the Bible took some time to build? That's what happened with this album."

His voice booms every time he even mentions the project, swaying with a tidal wave of joy.

"Even if I'm on the album, I'm a fan at heart," he says. "You know how bad I wanted to hear H.A.W.K. again? To hear Moe again? I felt renewed."

E.S.G., also in Houston Rap
Mike holds a passion for Robert Davis (Screw's birth name) that few get to hear or see. To him, Screw is still their angel, the one who along with H.A.W.K. still steers the entire group together, in spirit at least.

"There's only three people in the world that can say they invented an entire genre. Can you name them?" Mike says, pausing for effect. "Chuck Berry invented rock and roll, DJ Kool Herc invented hip-hop and DJ Screw invented Screw. And you can't take that away from him."

The Take Over doesn't represent the end of the Click. Mike has his own solo mixtape in the works, and members such as Lil' Keke, Dat Boi T and more have projects on the way. E.S.G., one of the original forefathers of Houston rap slang, has his own LP in the works, slated to be released this year.

No one in Houston rap history has quite the star-crossed legacy of the Screwed Up Click. At various times it's been splintered, scarred, flourished, nurtured and properly given its just due. The identity of the band of brothers has been left to memory and a wing in the University of Houston library where their vast history -- and most important, that of their founder -- resides.

But on The Take Over, in the words of Mike D, the legacy will last forever.


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