DJ Screw’s Legendary Sound Lives On In Trae Tha Truth’s “Another 48 Hours”
More than a decade since his death, DJ Screw’s legendary sound still pulses strong through the veins of hiphop. June 27th is a historic day for the genre. It’s the day (and title) of the 35 minute track that caused a resounding earthquake through hiphop. In those 35 minutes DJ Screw and his Screwed Up Click, while at DeMo’s birthday party, rapped over DJ Screw’s ‘chopped’ and ‘screwed’ sample of Kris Kross’s Da Streets Ain’t Right; which sampled Biggie’s Warning, in which sampled Isaac Haye’s Walk On By. The addictive, syrupy, unique sound became an original, and DJ Screw became ‘The Originator’. The instrumental itself has since been flipped over the years including for Drake’s So Far Gone single, ‘November 18th’. As an amage to the Screwed Up Click’s founder, DJ Screw, Trae Tha Truth unearths that grimey underground Houston sound for his mixtape ‘Another 48 Hours’. The eerie production becomes apparent within seconds of the 30 minute tape that feels like a melodious seance, successfully summoning DJ Screw from his grave spinning two turntables. His spirit has a haunting presence throughout the tape. Producers Moxiii and Watson The Great conjure gothic sounding basslines, and trembling percussions. Trae’s stone cold cadence is joined with features from his younger brother Jay’ton, his Grand Hustle label president T.I., and the posthumous features of Big Hawk and DJ Screw who’s spirit will live on.
Patrick Funom is the Editor In Chief of 8Pounds.com