The 10 Best DJ Screw Mixtapes Image via Screwed Up Records

5. DJ Screw Pussy, Weed, and Alcohol (1998)

Screw set up with his tables and sounds like nobody else was in the place, playing whatever comes to mind. 'Pac's "When I Get Free," for example, giving it a close reading, chopping up the hook but bringing it back for all the key lines. Scraping the record back on, "All them niggas that was frontin' while I sat up in the cell," then cutting into 8Ball's all time greatest storytelling rap, "Time," over lazy shoutouts, singing along with Big on "Victory" ("used to call me fatso...") and confirming the Puffy line, "My songs bump in Houston like Scarface produced 'em."

But ultimately, this reaches classic status on the one-two closing punch of "Pussy, Weed and Alcohol" and Erykah Badu's "Otherside of the Game." Screw mumbling through the 5th Ward Boyz obscene hymn to "bitches that dig pussy" and "getting your dick sucked on the freeway," Devin's comedic tone on the hook undercutting the sentiment, even while Willie D notes that he doesn't mind "bitches that shoot up." Which then makes "Otherside of the Game" the perfect closer. Erykah Badu's slowed-to-Nina-Simone huskiness, depth, "What you gonna do when they come for you," and Screw answers back, "Don't worry about a nigga like me.... Gotta put that question on your mind, though..." And he lets it ride out uncut.



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