In the days before all the commercially-released Screw mixes were floating around the internet, hearing a lot of this music involved a phone call and a money order mailed to Houston. A tape called Wineberry Over Gold had to be dope.
"Keepin' it real... A nigga gotta keep it real in this '9-5, knowmsayin'... Ups and downs; smiles and frowns... It's real, knowmsayin'? What's up Stick Boy? '9-5..." That's Screw opening a favorite, Pac's "It Ain't Easy," for a personal tape for Stick 1. Delving into his West Coast catalogue, he brought forth classic records that were still mostly news in most parts of the country: "Dusted and Disgusted," Ant Banks' "2 the Head," Too Short's "Coming Up Short." Pat's freestyle was focused as fuck, nothing like he'd sound later on, with the ebullient hosting duties he'd assume on other tapes.
Fifteen minutes of spitting fire on some North-South Houston rivalry, Pat calls out Homestead car-jackers, promising to repatriate every red car, bumper kit and set of 84s by armed force: "It ain't just a game/I hope they hear this tape..." Flowing off-the-dome militancy, Pat proves he's the greatest that ever got on a Screw tape. The legends of the tapes, Pokey, Keke, even guys like Grace, Mike D, Flip, they were hard as fuck on everything they touched. But Pat's style is untouchable, effortless with wordplay, never struggling to flip a line, never sounding anything but flawless.