In early June, French DJ Brodinksi released The Chopped & Screwed Mixtape, an unexpectedly syrupy treat from an artist known more for his up-tempo house and techno taste making than down-pitched hip hop remixes. Not surprisingly, the mix was well-received across the web, including the music blog Live for the Funk, where Houston-based screw DJ JP Sawyer took notice. Yet, he wasn’t that impressed, so he sent LFTF’s Michael Washington a mix of his own. “I really only had one thing against it — Brodinski would chop off beat,” Sawyer explains to Hive. “For example, a chop should keep the original bass and snare patterns while adding an extra snare or bass kick right before the original.” Brodinski, as it turned out, was chopping the beat after the original snare hit, a technique that sounds “funny” to longtime Houston screw heads. “As far as song selection goes, he has solid tracks, perhaps better than mine,” DJ JP adds about Brodinski’s strictly hip-hop selections.
Sawyer, somewhat conversely, decided to work strictly within the body of songs posted on Live for the Funk. “I love the sound of this new electronic music being made and I grew up on hip hop and screw, so combining it all seemed natural.” Naturally, we enjoyed both mixes, and we can now close out this mini Internet saga with a chopped and screwed tidbit snugged safely in our pockets.
Stream DJ JPz and Brodinki’s respective chopped and screwed tapes below.