Just received this in my email… interesting reading, though not enough to make me rush and buy DJ Fury’s stuff – after all, it did come from his PR team…
POSSIBLY THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ENTERTAINMENT NEWS OF THE DECADE
Who Did It First :D.J. Screw or D.J. Fury?
People all over the world have been wondering for many years whether or not Robert Davis, Jr., aka D.J. Screw, really was the originator of the slowed style of music popular rappers from the State of Texas proclaim as his signature €œScrewed € sound. D.J. Screw gained notoriety and made a name for himself over the course of the 1990s as a Houston deejay due to his uncanny mixing style of pitching down records to a slowed pace. He sold his mixed cassette tapes at his Houston-based record store, Screwed Up Records and Tapes.
D.J. Screw also played an integral role in Houston €™s burgeoning rap scene. His first album entitled All Screwed Up was released in 1995 on the Bigtyme Recordz label also based in Houston. His home studio, The Screw Shop, functioned as the headquarters for what was referred to as The Screwed Up Click, including such rappers as BigPokey, Lil €™ KeKe, and D.J. Screw €™s influence even boosted the career paths of Lil €™ Flip and many other locally known artists featured on his mixtapes. Sadly, D.J. Screw was found dead in his studio of a fatal heart attack at the tender age of 30 on the morning of November 16, 2000. His legacy lives on to this very day as other record companies in the Houston area took interest in the €œScrewed € music style, the most noteworthy being the Swisha House label, home to Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Lil €™ KeKe, and more. One little known fact that has begun to shake up the music industry is that Brian Graham, aka D.J. Fury, was actually the first recording artist to ever release a slowed tempo song on a nationally released album.
D.J. Fury referred to his style as €œDragged € at that time. The song was entitled €œTwenty 15 €™s € from the Kings of Bass album, the first by his group Bass Patrol, released in 1992 on the Joey Boy Records label based in Miami, FL. D.J. Fury initially became aware of this new style of music as a fledgling deejay when he inadvertently played a 45 RPM phonograph record at 33 1/3 RPMs while making a mixed cassette tape in 1982 at the age of 15. D.J. Screw was only 11 years old at that time. D.J. Fury also took note of the new style when he would hit the stop button on his old belt-drive, home stereo turntables without taking the needle off the record. He became fascinated with how the music sounded as the record slowed to a complete stop. D.J. Fury developed ways to dub his previously mixed cassette tapes at slower speeds after purchasing a pair of dual-deck cassette players with pitch control features. D.J. Fury €™s discovery of slowed down music even happened before the time Philips and Sony Corporations initially began to manufacture compact discs in 1985. D.J. Fury graduated high school in Sanford, FL that same year.
Is it possible that both D.J. Screw and D.J. Fury discovered the same innovative style of music? Yes, it is definitely possible. Who really discovered it first is what people around the world have often wondered. After conducting extensive research on the subject matter, it is concluded without reservation that D.J. Fury was the first of the two to discover the slowed tempo style of music. No disrespect to D.J. Screw for making that style his forte, however, D.J. Fury truly was the first to experiment with and perfect the slowed style. He even took it to another level, unlike any other artists in the industry, by becoming the first to produce his own original songs and slowing those down instead of using music from other recording artists. The most substantiating fact is the 4 year age difference between the two deejays. In 1983, D.J. Fury was already selling mixed cassette tapes with his €œDragged € style of music on them, throwing house parties, and hosting school dances, all at the age of 16 using the alias Mix Master B. At that time, D.J. Screw was only 12 years old.
Even though D.J. Fury was the first to discover the slowed down music style, he would only include one or two of his €œDragged € songs on his albums. His main focus turned toward music production and the creation of original songs played at their normal tempo. D.J. Fury produced albums for many popular recording artists in the South throughout his career including Half Pint, The Miami Boys, RX Lord, and most recently K $mooth to name a few. He worked on the movie soundtracks for Only The Strong (20th Century Fox) and Trippin €™ (Rogue/October Films), which by the way, his single €œDa €™ Bomb € from the Trippin €™ soundtrack also included a slowed down version. D.J. Fury rarely ever publicly discussed the slowed down music controversy, especially after the untimely death of D.J. Screw. But if the story of D.J. Fury €™s life was ever someday written or told, he should not only be recognized as one of the pioneers of Florida €™s Bass music style, but also as the first to ever begin recording the slowed tempo style. He is currently positioning himself as one of the few veteran recording artists dedicating his website and almost all of his time to helping independent artists and labels with online distribution and many other services. Respectfully, D.J. Fury always gives props and deserving credit to D.J. Screw for making the slowed down sound his primary style of music and as popular as it is around the world today. May his legacy live on forever.
R.I.P. Robert €œD.J. Screw € Davis, Jr. (1971-2000).
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