Boomkat Product Review:
In the last few years the name DJ Screw has been bandied about so much you’d think he’d been selling platinum in his short time on the earth. He didn’t do bad for himself, that’s for sure and over a course of literally hundreds of mixtapes he accrued an enviable following, but one which rarely left the Texas state lines. Y’see Screw’s technique of taking rap tunes and slowing, looping and scratching segments (‘chopped n screwed’) was a very Southern phenomenon. Something about the heat, the distance from the two coasts; it happened in the South and it really didn’t appear elsewhere until much later. In the last few years and long after Screw’s death in 2000 his tunes seem to have been discovered (thanks no doubt to the internet) by an unlikely group of producers. Kids around America producing electro-flecked lo-fi tunes often bannered witch house have hailed Screw as the originator, and with evidence like ‘All Work No Play’ it’s hard to deny it. One of Screw’s few ‘proper’ albums, ‘All Work No Play’ serves as a good enough introduction to the producer’s treacle-strength G-Funk and features a host of local rappers who were part of the extended Screwed Up Click. While Screw’s finest work is still his irreverent mixtapes, these additional ‘producer’ records are still hugely enjoyable and pretty much essential for anyone who’s had their eyes opened by Salem, Yo-Yo Dieting and the like. Highly Recommended.