“That shit is annoying they’re just slowing down a song!!!!
Like it or not you’ve heard a “screwed” song either you loved it or you hated it, personally it took me a while to get used to it. I’ve gone through heated debates on boards that discussed early southern hiphop and not to toot my own horn but as far as the Florida and Ga early scene i know my shit. The subject at hand was “Who started “Screwed” mixes?” And my first reply would be “Disco Dave” and niggaz would be like “who?” and they thought i was about as wrong as two boys holding hands but it got heated to the point where DJ Spice from Jam Pony Express and Dj Fury verified my statements. It’s all opinion though and I’m just here to explain what i saw over the years as far as who created this form of mixing.
Dragged or Screwed?
In the mid to late 90’s Robert “DJ Screw” Davis had a great thing going all through Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and other surrounding areas. I won’t even go into the details because I’m pretty sure you all know of the origins of “Screwed” mixes….or do you? Back in in 2000 we had a discussion about this era of southern music and folks swore up and down that Screw was the first to do it, this is not the case. DJ Screw was the first one to bring it to everyone’s attention and make it on a worldwide scale but he wasn’t the first to put the effect on a Nationwide selling record. No disrespect to the pioneers I’m just describing the scene from my point of view……..now here we go.
For the record before “Screwing” a song even existed there were “Drag Mixes”. This was popularized in South Florida/Miami/Ft. Lauderdale by DJ Disco Dave in 1984 and then by Jam Pony within the same time frame. To me those two DJ’s were the first to create the effect. It was simple, they heard a tape and evetually over time the tape would deterioate and drag and in some people’s opinions the song sounded better and for most folks in the south there was an added bonus…….because of the slowed down song there was more low end the bass hit 10 times as hard! Florida was known for slowing down or speeding up tracks significantly. the first time i ever heard a slowed down or “Dragged Mix” was when Disco Dave dragged Strafe’s classic “Set it Off”. Jam Pony Express DJ’s also followed with this by slowing down songs like Barry White’s “Look At Her” and “Cybotron’s “Cosmic Cars” and most importantly the anthem of 86′ which was 2 Live Crew’s “Throw the Dick”.
Nationwide Courtesy of Kid Fury
From a nationwide recording standpoint the first cat to put a “Drag Mix” on a record that sold fairly well was Dj Fury of Bass Patrol/D.M.P. the track was called “Twenty 15’s”. originally the song was the tempo of a Luke song on cocaine but Fury slowed it down to about 75BPM and the bass notes became thicker and the kicks were a Hell of a lot harder. In the liner notes of their debut album Fury labeled the song “Drag Mix”. I normally use that song as an end to the arguement of “who did it first”. Of course time went by and “Chopped an Screwed” mixes came along but in this discussion i wanted to get to the straight up origins of a big piece of southern history. Peace to all of the pioneers like Jam Pony Express DJ’s, Bass Style Express, Disco Dave, Sugarhill Dj’s (Uncle Al R.I.P.), Bass Party Express, Dj Screw, Swisha House and many others.
– Slowed Down Disco Dave and Jam Pony Mixes = 1984
– Dj Fury Drag Mixes “twenty 15’s” on Debut Album = 1992
– Dj Screw “3 in The Mornin'” = 1995
Here’s Disco Dave slowing down “Electric Kingdom”
Jam Pony Express (1994) “30’s and Vogues”
Bass Patrol “Twenty 15’s” **turn your speakers down**
DJ Fury “Got that knock” (our discussion back on the message boards made him go back and re-create a classic with a style he helped pioneer)
Jam Pony Express “Set it off” Slowed down (86′-ish re-done in 99′)
On a sidenote here’s another example from 1993 from a Tampa group called Quad Squad, it’s a perfect example of Drag Mixes used to augment bass notes……plus if you didn’t know by now the slowed up rendition of Set it Off is a key element in early Florida music you’ll hear it in this song also. Oh and for those that ask “where’s the bass”….it might be too low to register on cheap speakers but for those with a decent sound system it could crack something.
“Fosgate turned up/Fuck around get your new amp burned up!”
[b]Quad Squad “Slow Funk Drag Mix”[/b]
As a disclaimer also this is just my view of the scene. — Galvatron