There are very few people in music, especially in hip hop, who are able to leave a definite mark after they have long gone. DJ Screw is one of those few. With his taste for slowing down the beat and flow, he single-highhandedly created the Houston sound (Chopped & Screwed) and a culture that can still be felt not just in the city, but also in the music of new artists like Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Bryson Tiller. Monday (Nov. 16) marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of this leading figure for Southern Hip-Hop.
Being a fan of the late DJ, local artist Alex Roman Jr., aka Donkeeboy, created an art piece in his memory and posted a picture of it to his personal Instagram account. After receiving love from countless artists (Slim Thug, Bun B, ESG, etc.) and Screw’s own family, Roman felt it was only right to do something more. To commemorate DJ Screw, Roman hosted “Screwed Up Sunday: A Tribute to DJ Screw” in partnership with 8th Wonder Brewery on Nov. 15. The event centered around Roman’s piece which reconstructed the DJ’s portrait using screws.
RSVP tickets to the event included a custom DJ Screw pint glass, three beer tokens and five screws you were able to personally put onto the art piece. All proceeds from ticket sales and memorabilia went to the Screw estate to help with the upkeep of his grave and his mother’s grave. Only 250 glasses were made and the Brewery sold out in just 15 minutes.
The overwhelming support for Screw could be seen the entire day, starting with a line that wrapped around the corner prior to the doors opening. It seemed Houston came out in full force to show their support. DJ Gonz kept the party going too with Chopped and Screwed sounds and of course tracks from Screw’s catalog. Overall, Screwed Up Sunday was a success not just for Donkeeboy but Screw himself. The proud look on Michelle Williams’ face as her brother’s portrait was placed on the bar’s wall was the highlight of the night.