Began my tutorial in Chopped&Screwed today at the side of Eric ‘BigLove’ – long time Houston rapper, composer, producer and entrepreneur. Eric spent many years alongside DJScrew at the inception of what has become the next big evolution of rap/hiphop. It’s a totally infectious style of music, mashups of the latest rap & hiphop records, or classic R&B sounds, slowed to half speed and mixed with samples, grooves and original parts. It’s hypnotic. I was treated to a realtime screw session in his northside studio with Stink, BigLove’s up and coming protege); including a freestyle duet with Big Tee (the file will make it’s way to this post soon enough) thanks for the shout out you guys). I have to say, I’ve always been blown away by folks who could freestyle. I highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t done so, go check out a freestyle rap show, genius poets at work. Plain and simple.

Aside from the explosion of great new tracks, there’s also a fascinating grassroots music business forming in Houston. It’s all about the underground mixtape. Producers provide opportunities for new artists to record, financing the recording and pressings. They wholesale the $2 CDs for $5 to artists and producers, which they in turn resell straight to fans for $10. Everyone gets a piece. It’s not uncommon for a tape to sell 20000 copies in a few weeks, mostly from the back of cars. The CD’s quote liberally from the latest hit records (sometimes pre-release if someone knows one of the recording engineers!). You might think this would generate lots of copyright issues, but the source artists like the promotional value – even hiring the hot DJs to screw their tunes. It’s mainlining now, with artists like Kanyae West and JayZ picking up on the style.
I’ll have a fuller post with pictures any more on BigLove’s background in the next few days… Gotta start building our C&S collection.
I have a long day planned today; but looking forward to meeting folks at Star Pizza tonight.


  1. Kris Styles
    April 04, 2006 at 9:42am
    Feels good to see Big Love still pushing. One of the original cats in the Houston movement!
  2. Brian
    April 21, 2006 at 8:32pm
    I wish you could have seen the Scattered Pages. One of Houston's best,
  3. Joyce
    April 27, 2006 at 2:39pm
    You really must try Denton Texas! You'll love the eclectic little town with some big city advantages! It's fantastic!
  4. Larry
    May 01, 2006 at 1:26pm
    I see why Big Love never signed to a major now.
  5. Joe Williams
    May 12, 2006 at 6:30am
    Yeah, Big Love getting that indie money!
  6. Kurt Dunston
    October 09, 2006 at 12:49pm
    Big Love is no doubt the most underrated MC in Houston. He peaked in the middle of Screw and beginning of Watts. He never let back, he is maybe the most relentless MC in Houston. I'd pick him over Scarface.
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    November 16, 2011 at 7:24pm
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