Join three members of Houston’s legendary Screwed Up Click (S.U.C.)-E.S.G. Lil’ Flip, and Will-Lean—for performances and personal stories related to DJ Screw and the exhibition Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses. Rocky Rockett has provided guidance and mediation for this program.
Tickets are required and will be made available for reservation on Monday, March 30 at 10AM. Advance tickets will be available to CAMH Members on Monday, March 23 at 10AM.
Cedric Dormaine Hill, best known by his stage name E.S.G. (b. 1976, Bogalusa, Louisiana) is a southern hip hop recording artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. He played a key role in the development and popularization of Houston’s “Chopped and Screwed” style of rap music, along with DJ Screw, in the 1990s. His debut album Ocean of Funk was released in 1994, and he has released more than ten albums since. His most recent album, Kingish, was released in 2015. Hill is a member of Screwed Up Click, a hip hop collective based out of Houston that was originally led by DJ Screw.
About Lil’ Flip
Amid the flourishing underground rap scene of Houston, Lil’ Flip rose to quick and prosperous fame after his independently released 2000 album, The Leprechaun, broke through to a national audience, prompting the young rapper’s signing to Universal Records soon after. Nicknamed the “Freestyle King,” a teen-aged Flip won the attention of DJ Screw, who ushered the rapper into his loose-knit Screwed Up Click. The affiliation brought instant respect for Flip throughout Texas as well as the greater South. With the success of his 2002 double-disc set U Gotta Feel Me, Flip gained more national fame—which brought added attention and competition. It wasn’t long before he was beefing with Atlanta, Georgia’s T.I. for the right to don the crown of “King of the South.” Over the next dozen years, Flip continued to produce albums under a number of record labels. Most recently, he signed with the SoSouth label for 2015’s El Jefe which featured the single “In My Pimp Voice.”
William “Will-Lean” Gibbs was born on the Southside of Houston, Texas and attended Sterling High School. At the age of 15, it was the musical influences of UGK, Street Military, NWA, and the Geto Boys that made Gibbs consider taking rap seriously. He started hanging out with Big Al, C-Note, Head, D-Redd, and Big D-E-Z in Houston’s Cloverland and eventually became one of the founding members of the Botany Boys. He met DJ Screw in 1992 prior to the actual formation of the Screwed Up Click (SUC) and started freestyling on Screw’s mixtapes. “DJ Screw actually gave me the name ‘Will-Lean’ because I always kept a cup of lean. So it just stuck.” Will-Lean states. As a member of the Botany Boys, Will-Lean was featured on all of the group’s albums from 1995–1999. He later dropped the single “City of Lean” (2008), and the albums Mr. Triplebeam (2010), and Botany Boy (2013). In 2017, Will-Lean released July 20 – The Day A Legend Was Born, an album dedicated to the life of DJ Screw. Currently, Will-Lean actively educates individuals on the legacy of DJ Screw and the history of hip hop in the city of Houston.