Born on this day as Robert Earl Davis Jr., who is best known to the world as DJ Screw, morphed into a living legend in the city of Houston, Texas and beyond. His creativity will forever exist beyond the 29 years that he blessed his fans, family and friends with his music.

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Despite the unfortunate events and circumstances that lead to the young trailblazer’s death, his influence continues to permeate the Houston Hip Hop scene and beyond. His legacy continues with his Houston based cult following of “Screwheads”, who made sure to cement his history in stone with the Screwfest founded in 2005. The “chopped and screwed” originator even prompted the 2007 documentary film Screwed In Houston, produced by VBS/Vice Magazine, which details the history of the Houston hip hop scene and the influence of the chopped and screwed sub-culture on Houston hip hop. The 5-part series devoted one full episode to DJ Screw and includes video footage of him days before his death.

With over 300 mixtape series and five full length albums under his belt, DJ Screw undoubtedly solidified himself as a legend in the game. RIP