The University of Houston Libraries have acquired a piece of Hip Hop history, as the institution has obtained the DJ Screw Sound Recordings.

The collection, consisting of over 1,000 vinyl records, served as the basis for DJ Screw’s “screw tapes,” which originated the “copped and screwed” sound so popular in Houston.

The collection contains rare 12″ records by Southern and West Coast artists, and the majority of it was donated by the late deejay’s father, Robert Earl Davis Sr., with additional support from the John and Rebecca Moores Endowed Library Fund.



The collection will be open for use by researchers in 2013. Selections from the collection will be on dispaly in the M.D. Anderson Library as part of the exhibit “DJ Screw and and the Rise of Houston Hip Hop,” reports

The exhibit will be presented jointly by the University of Houston Libraries, the HERE at Rice University, African American Students at the University of Houston, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.

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