I thrived up in Hiram Clarke -- a neighborhood that lend its name from the key street that touches every subdivision within its walls. The course, I'm a huge Mello fan. The rapper to be Hiram Clarke's shot at the Houston (and national) rap game, yes. But more so, he to be a hero to various other creatives in the ar -- teaching and also reminding us that we could survive and also thrive as artists. It touches me deeply to evil his son, TAME, continue Mello's tradition while also being an authentic artist that stands on his own.

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-- Josie Pickens, professor, writer, and society critic

Big Mello, Wegonefunkwichamind poster flat


Chris Ward

Chris Ward was a yellowstone legend prior to he was sneaking the end to do mixtapes at DJ Screw's house while attending Jack Yates HS. Ward to be treated favor a younger brothers to currently members large Hawk, big Pokey, and Runn G, and also his an abilities caught the fist of Screw because of his potent features especially on songs like "shady game" and "hands up." later Ward would make a bold move to join Slim Thug's boss Hogg Outlawz do him one of the pioneers that damaged the Southside vs. Northside music division. Fourteen mixtapes and also counting, kris Ward has actually stayed independent and authentic to the SUC roots.

-- Robert Hodge, interdisciplinary artist and musician, and music lover

Photograph of kris Ward and also Lil' Keke in ~ Kappa coast Party




S.U.C. Member who achieved local notoriety in 1996 v his standout freestyle on the classic screwtape June 27th; city on Lil' Troy's 1998 "Wanna it is in a Baller" released Yungstar right into the nationwide spotlight; redeployed Kriss Kross's "Da roadways Ain't Right" win -- the background to the June 27th freestyle -- because that the single "Knocking photos Off Da Wall" top top his acclaimed 2000 album Throwed Yung Playa. Yungstar's rapping is noteworthy for the buoyant and also fluid style, lively imagery, clever similes, and syncopated rhyme schemes.

-- Matthew K. Carter, Ph.D Candidate in Musicology, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Yungstar, Throwed Yung Playa LP, right Profit Records

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Lil' Flip

During the twilight of the Screwed up Click's dominance, Lil' upper and lower reversal rost from gift a teenage freestyle wunderkind from Cloverland right into one of the more sought-after rappers ~ above the planet. Gifted v the innate capacity to freestyle for hrs on end and just together braggadocious and witty as former SUC king Fat Pat, upper and lower reversal would end up being one of the key focal points of the Screwed increase Click, ultimately finishing with his landmark mixtape, The Leprechaun, and also subsequent major label resolve Sony Records.

-- Brandon Caldwell, writer

Lil' upper and lower reversal promotional photograph

Lil' Flip, "Game Over" 12", Sony Urben Music/Sucka complimentary Records/Columbia


Z-Ro is a 21st century city bluesman in the type of a rapper. His rhymes space deeply personal, but likewise lay bare the precarious state the Black guys living in within city America. In ~ the same time, his music offers his own personal uplift to accumulate perseverance and hope in his listeners. Recognized as the King the the Ghetto, Z-Ro is a powerful voice for our country's most fragile citizens.

-- Langston Collin Wilkins, Ph.D, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, writer, and creator that the forthcoming Street folk podcast

Z-Ro promotion photograph

Handwritten phone call number for Z-Ro in DJ Screw's hand


Frazier Othel Thompson III, a.k.a. Trae tha Truth, is something prefer the SUC's (and the Houston underground's) conscience: blessed with a husky, raspy, bellow that a voice, Trae's presence on a record envelops everything around it, imbuing even his many freewheeling tracks with a moral wisdom true come the streets. This ethical authority is no mirage: through his Trae work weekend, Trae brings cost-free museum visits, school supplies, immunization shots because that kids, STD testing for adults, and free concerts to the world of Houston every year. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Trae's Relief Gang efforts have been a continuous presence in a ruined city that's needed aid like never before.

-- Matthew Ramirez, co-founder of discovered Me magazine

Photograph the HAWK and Trae

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Big Steve

Also known as Granpappy Mafioso, huge Steve was component of the Hiram Clarke team Woss Ness, which also included Rasir-X, Devious, and also producer Harvey Luv. That was component of DJ Screw's Screwed up Click, too, and you have the right to hear the influence of his rhythmic layout (right in line with other Hiram Clarke aboriginal the late Mr. 3-2) anywhere records coming the end of Houston in the late 1990s. Big Steve was eliminated by a gunshot wound in 1999, months after his debut solo album my Testimony to be released.

-- Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston lab Tapes: an Oral history Of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University of Texas Press, October 2018)

Big Steve, "Ghetto Love" 12", Woss Ness Entertainment

Lil' Randy & Rino

Randy met DJ Screw in the early on '90s once Screw was DJing in clubs prefer Ray Barnett's Midnight Hour. Randy is a DJ, however later ended up being a frequent voice ~ above Screwtapes, freestyling top top tapes prefer Codeine Fiend and additionally taking the mic to co-host together with Screw. Randy's brother Rino (sometimes credited as Rhino) appeared on number of Screwtapes (97 Live and In Yo Ear space favorites). Randy maintains a brochure of slowed and chopped mixtapes and also is one of few DJs still use Screw's method of recording to tape.

-- Lance Scott Walker, writer of Houston rap Tapes: one Oral background Of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University of Texas Press, October 2018)

DJ Screw, "99 Live" mixtape commissioned for Lil' Randy and his brother RinoThis is an initial mixtape developed by DJ Screw, also known as a screw ice cream or gray tape. This is the tape that was given directly by DJ Screw to Lil' Randy complying with recording.


Part the the tide of younger artist who started working through DJ Screw in the last few years that his life, timber debuted on the straight Profit brand in 2000 with against The Grain. The former crack dealer functioned his means into freestyling ~ above Screwtapes after a particularly contentious induction into the SUC on the component of Screw, who famously obtained right into the third Ward rapper's confront so he could see -- and not simply hear -- who was rapping in front of him. Wood shows up on the 1997 Screwtape Killuminati.

-- Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston laboratory Tapes: an Oral background Of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University that Texas Press, October 2018)

DJ Screw, "Killuminati" mixtape special Grace, LOS, and WoodThis is an initial mixtape produced by DJ Screw, likewise known as a screw ice or gray tape. This tapes are really rare and also desirable among fans.

Mr. 3-2

Mr. 3-2 a.k.a. The branch was a Houston lab staple. Every era of Houston i know good Hop features a 3-2 verse, extending a career from the so late 1980s to the 2010s. 3-2 was an emcee come the core and embodied the finest of southerly rappers. He might sing a hook, tell a story, move up his flow, rate up, slow down, and also drop part knowledge. Whether together a member of legend rap groups Blac Monks, Convicts, and also Southside Playaz, his attributes or solo albums, 3-2 was always ready to destructive records.

-- Victor J. Del Hierro, Ph.D, Assistant Professor that Rhetoric and Writing, college of Texas at El Paso

Chocolate, Def Jef, Snoop Dogg, C.P.O. And also 3-2, "Ghetto Holocaust" 12", Ghetto Life MuzicThis track was allegedly at first recorded by fatality Row Records, that were considering signing Mr. 3-2 in the at an early stage 1990s.

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Macc grace & LOS

The late dat Boy Grace and also his brothers LOS space usually spoken of together because they were a unit. In ~ first, that was sports -- grace played baseball in college and was primed for the major leagues prior to an injury, and LOS tho coaches basketball -- however hip-hop took over. Grace formed a bond with UGK and DJ Screw, releasing native Crumbs to Bricks in in march 2000. Jail stints broke up his career, yet he renamed self Macc Grace when he got out, recording numerous albums before his death in 2017.

-- Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston lab Tapes: one Oral history Of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University that Texas Press, October 2018)

Portrait the Macc Grace and LOS by Peter BesteInscription ~ above front: "Grace + Los," inscription on back: "Brothers + original Screwed increase Click members Macc grace + Los"

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Obituary (memorial service program) because that Macc Grace

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