Houston was known for producing some funky music in the 90’s, most notably that of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click.
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The instrumental, mixed by DJ Screw, has been slowed down, thus Lil Keke’s ready to rap.
Herschelwood is the name of the street that Lil Keke and Herschelwood Hardheadz Duke, Knocky and Archie grew up on in Houston.
In case you had forgotten, Lil Keke pimps the pen.
Phrase coined by Screw & Lil Keke on the original track, Pimp Tha Pen. To pimp the pen is to write raps.
Lil Keke recorded a grey tape track with Screw called “Ballin' in the Mix” (on both Still a G at 27 & Down South Hustlers.) Both songs are also featured on Lil Keke’s first album, Don’t Mess With Texas.
This song was recorded in 1997.
DJ Screw’s crew was referred to as the Screwed Up Click.
Texan slang for “Southside for Life.” Screw and the Screwed Up Click represented the Southside of Houston, Texas.
On the original Houston classic, Lil Keke’s Pimp Tha Pen, Lil Keke set it off with a classic line which has since been sampled countless times in Houston hip hop tracks:
I’m draped up and dripped out, know what I’m talkin' bout, three in the morning get the gat out the stash spot.
Draped up = the windows on the car he’s driving have tints so opaque that they resemble drapes.
Dripped out = his whip has a coat of candy paint so fresh that it’s dripping off the frame.
Big Tyme was the label that produced Screws albums 3 N Tha Mornin' & 3 N Tha Mornin' — Part II.
The Legend is a Big Tyme album dedicated to the late, great DJ Screw.