In Houston, June 27 is officially reserved to honor Robert Earl Davis, also known as DJ Screw. Screw, the inventor of the distinctly Houston chopped and screwed sound, died in November 2000. June 27th is neither Screw's date of birth or the anniversary of his passing, but rather the anniversary of the recording of "Chapter 012: June 27th" which is a 35-minute freestyle rhyme by Big Pokey,Key C, Kay Luv, Yungstar, Big Moe and Haircut Joe and DeMo. June 27 also marks DeMo's birthday and the freestyle is often referred to as "DeMo's Birthday Tape."
The style that he left behind has been greatly imitated since his passing, and the first DJ Screw event was celebrated June 27, 2019. According to The Dallas Observer, on DJ Screw Day, Dallas multimedia company DENUHMUG is premiering its third rendition of "Screw Done Already Warned Me", which is a program which pays tribute to Screw and his collective The Screwed Up Click at Texas Theatre.
"DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click is a state thing, a country thing," Francisco Santillan, owner of DENUHMUG says. "Screw done screwed up the world already; it's a worldwide thing."
Rock The Bells reported earlier this year that a new biography by Lance Walker was in the works called DJ Screw: A Life In Slow Revolution. Check out "All Screwed Up," an animated short and visual tribute to Screw below.