HOUSTON, TX. - The biggest undeniable fact about Texas, is that our state is a Music-Mecca. Sure you have the obvious east and west coasts that are known for their large respective scenes, but neither coast has birthed as original a sound as Texas in the last 15 years. This is proven by the fact that the Texas sound has undoubtedly influenced both the LA and NYC sounds as of late. The most obvious staple of this "Texas Sound" would be none other that the slowed-down "screwed & chopped" sound of the late, DJ Screw. His influence, while heaviest here in the Lone Star State, has permeated not only the sound of national acts, but international music as well. This is evident anytime you hear the classic pitched-down syrupy-slow vocals dragging across a beat and the occasional "chops" (repetitions that sound like record-skips) within a song. This slowed-down style that DJ Screw originated became known simply as "screw" or "screwed & chopped".
Enter Principe Q, a well-versed Texas-based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ who has invented a new sub-genre of music he has coined "Screwmbia" (screwed & chopped-cumbia). As the son of famed cumbia music legend, AB Quintanilla, from the Kumbia Kings, and the nephew of the late international latin-music superstar Selena (RIP), he has every ounce of vetting needed to blaze a new trail with his potent blend of cumbia and screw. From much time spent here in Houston (including living here for a recent stint before relocating back to his hometown of Corpus Christi), Q has been heavily influenced by DJ Screw and the Houston-sound growing up as a Native Texan. This influence helped him craft his unique new genre-blending style. Here at the Urban Circus headquarters his latest EP Screwmbia Vol.2 released today on Bombon Music, has been the only sound emanating from our speakers since getting to preview the album a few days prior to it's release. Chances are it will be on a constant rotation around here for months to come.
Below is the truly groundbreaking work Screwmbia Vol.2 by Principe Q, who will be a massive force in Texas music and beyond for decades to come. If you want to do this EP the ultimate justice, hop in your whip, drop your windows, crank your system up, and cruise slow through your city's streets. If you're in the H, then you awwwready know what-it-do! If you're elsewhere we promise following the instructions above will make you feel like you're right here in the city with us.