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  • Erica Ponder

Remembering DJ Screw: Visual tribute ‘All Screwed Up’ released on the 20th anniversary of the hip-ho

HOUSTON — Fans of the late DJ Screw are in for a treat Monday as a visual tribute honoring his life and legacy is set to be released on the 20th anniversary of his death. Combined with biopic elements and amazing purple and orange animation, you can thank Director and Writer Isaac “Chill” Yowman for making this highly anticipated tribute come to life.

Houston hip hop artists, family, friends and media gathered Sunday at AMC Theater in downtown Houston to celebrate the project’s release a day early. All Screwed Up is a nearly hour-long tribute that serves as a tease and short history lesson about the great contributions Screw, whose real name is Robert Earl Davis, Jr., gave to hip hop. Created by IYO Visuals, All Screwed Up details the rise of the DJ and the musical revolution he pioneered with what we now know as “chopped and screwed” music. Lead actors in the project included Rosha Washington, Lashae Boone McCray, Kyle-Anthony Mosley, Paigion Walker, Marqus Clae, Phill Wade, and Dean Will. Writer Shannan E. Johnson contributed to all of the scripted pieces, and Miriam Heads did an incredible job in her first major producer role.

After the highly anticipated debut, guests gathered to pay respects to Davis with a candlelight vigil.

Candlelight vigil for the late DJ Screw

The tribute is set to be released on for $99 and will include a DJ Screw box shaped like a tape filled with a cassette tape, player and other nostalgic gifts. While the tribute is a start to telling Screw’s story, it is also a way to open doors for his story to hopefully be told on the big screen or other major platforms.

Supporters can pre-order the Screw Box, which includes exclusive tribute cassette tape and player, holographic collectors card, and other keepsake merchandise.

DJ Screw’s signature style has transformed pop culture and music for two decades and has influenced the careers of some of the biggest names in the hip hop industry. His slowed-down technique has influenced artists like Beyonce, Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar.


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