Five famous record collections and a look at their doomed (and almost doomed) fate
Screwed Up Records
5. DJ Screw
The legendary syrup-drinking Houston-based DJ, whose style of slowing down and cutting up songs popularized the term "chopped and screwed," didn't have the biggest collection of records (about a 1,000 total), but his impact on the aesthetics of hip-hop is unquestionable. Last year, the records were given a permanent home at the University of Houston, where the bounty of Southern and West Coast rap will be catalogued and preserved for scholarly use. Also included were copies of all Screw's old mixtapes and personal items such as old photos. The university has already put the collection to good use, too, serving up a public exhibition on Screw and the rise of Houston hip-hop.