Twenty years after the death of the Houston rapper Fat Pat, the 2018 exhibit Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click commemorated the lives and careers of brothers and fellow rappers Patrick "Fat Pat" Hawkins and the late John "HAWK" Hawkins. Both men were members of the Screwed Up Click, a collective of Houston-based rappers which formed around the late DJ Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known as DJ Screw. This digital exhibit celebrates the enduring legacy of DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click and their impact on fans and recording artists in Houston and around the world.
The content featured here was drawn from the physical exhibit of the same name which was displayed in M. D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston in the fall of 2018. It featured original DJ Screw mixtapes, vinyl records owned by DJ Screw, posters, photographs, flyers, handwritten rap lyrics, and other materials related to the Screwed Up Click.
In keeping with the collective nature of the Screwed Up Click, a variety of scholars, writers, and performing and visual artists were invited to contribute labels for the physical and digital exhibits. Curator Julie Grob and UH Libraries would like to recognize Brandon Caldwell, Matthew K. Carter, Victor Del Hierro, Maco L. Faniel, Robert Hodge, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Amy Mueller, Anthony "Fat Tony" Obi, Josie Pickens, Matthew Ramirez, Lance Scott Walker, and Langston Collin Wilkins.
Curator, Houston Hip Hop Research Collection