Chop'd & Blest'd -- The H-town Genre Has Found It's Way Into The Church
Wikipedia defines Chopped and screwed as is a technique of remixing hip hop music which developed in the Houston hip hop scene in the early 1990s. This is accomplished by slowing the tempo down to between 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratching, stop-time, and affecting portions of the music to make a "chopped-up" version of the original.
DJ Screw is largely recognized as the innovator behind the chopped and screwed genre. DJ Screw's key technique involved playing the same record on both turntables with a delay between them of one beat and quickly moving the crossfader side to side. This created an effect where the words or beats in a song were repeated without interrupting its tempo.
Today it is still common to see screwed and chopped versions of mixtapes and albums released alongside the regular speed versions, sometimes in a double disc format with one disc screwed and the other regular speed.
Enter Gospel music and Christian Hip-hop! No question that "screw heads" can love the lord just the same and can now praise Him to a slowed down tempo.
Dj Bles't may have found a lane all by himself. He should be successful in the south simply because of the addiction of the slowed down sound. Check out a few of the mixes here and let us know what you think.
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