Houston hip-hop staple Screwed Up Records and Tapes might on its last legs. Screwed Up was founded by the late DJ Screw, creator of the now-ubiquitous “chopped and screwed” remix technique, as a means of selling his “Screw tapes” to the masses. The store is in danger of eviction as its landlord, Dr. Pondexter, is in need of space to expand the dentist’s office he runs.
Now eviction threats are nothing new for Screwed Up. At one point owners offered Pondexter $100,000 to buy the space, but he declined. This time Pondexter just won’t budge. Big Bub, one of Screwed Up’s caretakers, expressed a cautious optimism about the issue. “People are aggravated,” Bub told the Houston Press, “but we’re trying to stay positive.” Can we get Bun B, Drake, Paul Wall, and anyone else who claims Houston on a benefit record to save this landmark? [Houston Press]