Birthday: July 20, 1971 (Cancer)
Born In: Smithville, Texas, United States
DJ Screw, Robert Earl Davis Jr., was an American hip-hop DJ, who is best remembered as the creator of the famous “chopped and screwed” DJ technique. He was born into a lower-middle-class family in Texas. His father was a truck driver in Houston, while his mother was a housewife. A few years after he was born, his parents divorced. Following this, he lived his mother. As a kid, Robert had no big aspirations regarding his career and expected that he would end up being a truck driver like his father. He soon became interested in making music and invented new techniques of spinning the disc to produce a unique sound effect. He began professional DJ-ing when he was 12 years old and sold his first record during his early 20s. He eventually formed Houston’s famous hip-hop group ‘Screwed Up Click’ and then released more than 200 mixtapes. He died from a codeine overdose in 2000, at the age of 29. His work, however, began getting discovered in the mid-2000s. Since then, his music has influenced many DJs and hip-hop artists all over the world.