University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Samplified Digital Recording Studios (Houston, Tex.)
Collection Title Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records
Dates 1995-2003
Identification 06/2012-006
Physical Description 8.60 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Engineer Keenan “Maestro” Mosley, born in 1958 and originally from Philadelphia, opened his Samplified Digital Recording Studios in Missouri City around 1990. There he recorded artists such as DJ Screw, K-Rino, Point Blank, BAM, the Terrorists, Klondike Kat, Big 50, and many others. National recording artists such as Run-DMC, Ice T, Master P, and Spice 1 also stopped into Samplified Studios to record while they were performing in Houston. Samplified Digital Recording Studios was in business for over a decade, until it stopped getting clients around 2003. Mosley, who went by the professional name Keenan Lyles, died in 2010 at the age of fifty-two. He was survived by his son Kendall Mosley, who raps as Chane.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains Alesis Digital Audio Tapes (ADATs), invoices, photographs, and posters from Samplified Digital Recording Studios and is divided into four series: Recordings, Invoices, Promotional Materials, and Photographs. The ADATs contain recordings by many prominent Houston hip hop artists, mostly notably several sets of tapes containing master recordings by DJ Screw. Due to the fragility of the original ADATs, they cannot be played directly, but digital access files are available.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Due to the fragility of the original ADATs, they cannot be played directly. Digital copies of the individual audio tracks can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. These materials may require up to one week to access. Contact Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu").


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Samplified Digital Recording Studios (Houston, Tex.)
Genre/Form of Material:
Digital Audio Tapes
Invoices
Photographs
Posters
Personal Name:
DJ Screw, 1971-2000
Topical Term:
Hip-hop -- Texas -- Houston
Rap (Music) -- Texas -- Houston
Rap musicians -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Samplified Digital Recording Studios Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Accruals:

Additional materials were acquired from Kendall Mosley on 06/27/2012 and 10/8/2012.


Detailed List of Contents

Recordings

Scope and Contents
This series contains 190 Alesis Digital Audio Tapes, or ADATs, recorded at Samplified Studios. ADAT is a magnetic tape format used for the simultaneous digital recording of eight analogue audio or digital audio tracks at once. ADATs became very popular among recording studios in the 1990s due to their high quality and affordability. The tapes in this series contain recordings by many prominent Houston hip hop artists, mostly notably several sets of tapes containing master recordings by DJ Screw. The tapes are arranged alphabetically by artist, and titles were taken directly from the tapes. Due to the fragility of the original ADATs, they cannot be played directly. Digital copies of the individual audio tracks can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. These materials may require up to one week to access. Contact Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu) for more information.
Box Item
1 1 20-2-Life – A undated
2 20-2-Life – B undated
3 20-2-Life – Tape 1 undated
4 20-2-Life – Tape 2 undated
5 20-2-Life – Tape 3 undated
6 20-2-Life – Tape 4 undated
7 20-2-Life – 1 undated
8 20-2-Life – 2 undated
9 20-2-Life undated
10 20-2-Life undated
11 20-2-Life song vocal additional tracks undated
12 20-2-Life song additional tracks undated
13 20-2-Life radio vocals undated
14 20-2-Life radio vocals – 4 undated
15 20-2-Life watch in vocals 97
Box Item
2 1 20-2-Life radio versions II – 1 undated
2 20-2-Life – 1 undated
3 20-2-Life – 2 undated
4 20-2-Life – 3 undated
5 20-2-Life – 1 1997
6 20-2-Life – 2 1997
7 20-2-Life – 3 1997
8 20-2-Life – 4 1997
9 20-2-Life II – 1 undated
10 20-2-Life II – 2 undated
11 20-2-Life II – 3 undated
12 20-2-Life II – 4 undated
13 20-2-Life Black – A undated
Box Item
3 1 20-2-Life Black – B undated
2 20-2-Life Black – C undated
3 55 – Believe in Yourself/Innate Set #2, Track 3 undated
4 55 – Believe in Yourself/Innate Set #2, Track 4 undated
5 AC Chill undated
6 AC Chill undated
7 After Life Les – Former B-50 Project, HAWK vocals undated
8 BAM – 1 undated
9 BAM – 2 undated
10 BAM – 3 undated
11 BAM, Set Two – 1 undated
12 BAM, Set Two – 2 undated
13 BAM, Set Two – 3 undated
14 BAM for Icy and KB tracks – 3 undated
15 Big 50 – 4 undated
Box Item
4 1 Big 50, 1-8 undated
2 Big 50, 9-16 undated
3 Big 50, 17-24 undated
4 Big 50 Set One, 2 undated
5 Big 50 Set One, 3 undated
6 Big 50 Set One, 4 undated
7 Big 50 Set #2, 9-16 undated
8 DJ Screw, 1-8 undated
9 DJ Screw, 9-16 undated
10 DJ Screw – Screw Part 1 Side 2, 1-8 undated
11 DJ Screw – Screw Part 1 Side 2, 9-16 undated
12 DJ Screw – Part #2, Side One, 1-8 undated
13 DJ Screw – Part #2, Side One, 9-16 undated
14 DJ Screw – Part #2, Side One, 17-24 undated
15 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Screw Mix Side One, 1-8 undated
Box Item
5 1 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Screw Mix Side One, 9-16 undated
2 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Screw Mix Side Two, 1-8 undated
3 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Screw Mix Side Two, 9-16 undated
4 DJ Screw – Part 2, Side 2: Vocals for Git High wit da blankster, 1-8 undated
5 DJ Screw – Part 2, Side 2: High wit Blanksta, 9-16 undated
6 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Radio Vocals Get high with blank, 1-8 undated
7 DJ Screw – Big Tyme Get high with blank, 25-32 undated
8 DJ Screw – Vol 2 – Big Tyme Da Music Radio undated
9 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set # one, 1 undated
10 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set # one, 2 undated
11 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set # one, 3 undated
12 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set # one, 4 undated
13 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set two, 1 undated
14 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set two, 2 undated
15 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set two, 3 undated
Box Item
6 1 G-Rap [G-Rapp the General] – Beat Box Set two, 4 undated
2 Innate – Set #2, B undated
3 Innate – Set #2, C undated
4 Innate – Set #3, B undated
5 Innate – Set #3, C undated
6 Innate – Set #3, D undated
7 Innate – Set #4, A undated
8 Innate – Set #4, B undated
9 Innate – Set #4, C undated
10 Innate – Set #4, D undated
11 Innate – Set #5, 1 undated
12 Innate – Set #5, 2 undated
13 Innate – Set #5, 3 undated
14 Innate – Set #5, 4 undated
15 Innate – Set #7, 1 undated
Box Item
7 1 Innate – Set #7, 2 undated
2 Innate – Set #7, 3 undated
3 Innate – Set #7, 4 undated
4 Innate – Set #8, 1 undated
5 Innate – Set #8, 3 undated
6 Innate – Set #8, 4 undated
7 Innate – Set #9, 1 undated
8 Innate – Set #9, 2 undated
9 Innate – Set #9, 4 undated
10 Innate – Set #10 undated
11 Innate – Radio, 1 undated
12 Innate – Radio, 3 undated
13 Innate undated
14 Innate undated
Box Item
8 1 Innate – Street Murder #12, 4 undated
2 Kamikazi, Mix Tape Set 1, 1 2003
3 Kamikazi, Mix Tape Set 1, 2 2003
4 Kamikazi, Mix Tape Set 2 undated
5 Kamikazi, Mix Tape Set 2 undated
6 Kamakaze – They don't want to see us ball, 1-8 undated
7 Kamakaze – don't want to see us ball, 1-8 undated
8 Kamakaze – don't want to see us ball, 17-24 undated
9 [Klondike] Kat – Set #, 1 undated
10 [Klondike] Kat Kat – Set #, 2 undated
11 [Klondike] Kat Kat – Set #, 3 undated
12 [Klondike] Kat Kat – Set #, 4 undated
13 [Klondike] Kat, 1-8 undated
14 [Klondike] Kat, 9-16 undated
15 [Klondike] Kat, 17-24 undated
Box Item
9 1 [Klondike] Kat – Set #2, 25-32 undated
2 [Klondike] Kat, 1 1998
3 [Klondike] Kat, 2 1998
4 [Klondike] Kat, 3 1998
5 [Klondike] Kat, 4 1998
6 Klondike Kat – 96 Mix, 1 undated
7 Klondike Kat – 96 Mix, 2 undated
8 Klondike Kat – 96 Mix, 3 undated
9 Klondike Kat – 96 Mix, 4 undated
10 Klondike Kat, 1 undated
11 Klondike Kat, 2 undated
12 Klondike Kat, 3 undated
13 Klondike Kat, 4 undated
14 Klondike Kat – 2nd Set, 1-8 undated
15 Klondike Kat – 2nd Set, 9-16 undated
Box Item
10 1 Klondike Kat – 2nd Set, 17-24 undated
2 [Klondike] Kat – #40 Ghetto Baby, 25-32 undated
3 [Klondike] Kat undated
4 [Klondike] Kat undated
5 Klondike Kat – The Lyrical Lion, A undated
6 Klondike Kat – The Lyrical Lion, B undated
7 LEZ [Lex Moné?], 1 undated
8 LEZ [Lex Moné?], 2 undated
9 LEZ [Lex Moné?], 3 undated
10 LEZ [Lex Moné?], 4 undated
11 LEZ [Lex Moné?] – Set #2 music tracks undated
12 LEZ [Lex Moné?] – Set #2 Use this tape for 24 track song with Jhymie, ESG undated
13 LEZ [Lex Moné?] – Set #2 music tracks Use this tape for 24 track song with ESG as tape #2 undated
14 LifeStyl – Set #2, 1 undated
15 LifeStyl – Set #2, 2 undated
Box Item
11 1 LifeStyl – Set #2, 3 undated
2 LifeStyl – Set #2, 4 undated
3 LifeStyl – Set #3, 1 undated
4 LifeStyl – Set #3, 2 undated
5 LifeStyl – Set #3, 3 undated
6 LifeStyl – Set #3, 4 undated
7 LifeStyl – Set #1 Vocals undated
8 LifeStyl, 9-16 undated
9 LifeStyl, 17-24 undated
10 Mynd Over Matter – Part 2, 3 1997
11 Mynd Over Matter – Part 2, 4 1997
12 Mynd Over Matter, 3 undated
13 Point Blank, A undated
14 Point Blank, B undated
15 Point Blank – #29, A undated
Box Item
12 1 Point Blank – #29, B undated
2 Point Blank – #31, B undated
3 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Beatbox, 1 undated
4 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Beatbox, 2 undated
5 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Beatbox, 3 undated
6 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Beatbox, 4 undated
7 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Set #2, 1 undated
8 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Set #2, 2 undated
9 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Set #2, 3 undated
10 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Set #2, 4 undated
11 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Song Dump/Reel, 1 undated
12 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Song Dump/Reel, 2 undated
13 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – Song Dump/Reel, 3 undated
14 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – KB Icy [Icey Hott] tracks, 1 undated
15 R.J. [Richard Johnson] – KB Icy [Icey Hott] tracks, 2 undated
Box Item
13 1 Tech 9 – Lyrical – CAP, 1 undated
2 Tech 9 – Lyrical – CAP, 2 undated
3 Tech 9 – Lyrical – CAP, 3 undated
4 Tech 9 – Lyrical – CAP, 4 undated
5 Wreckless Klan, 1 undated
6 Wreckless Klan, 2 undated
7 Wreckless Klan, 3 undated
8 Wreckless Klan, 4 undated
9 Wreckless Klan II, 1 undated
10 Wreckless Klan II, 2 undated
11 Wreckless Klan II, 3 undated
12 Wreckless Klan II, 4 undated
13 Wreckless Klan – Remixed vocals undated



Invoices

Scope and Contents
This series contains invoices created by Samplified Digital Recording Studios between 1995 and 1997. Invoices have been left in their original order within the folder.
Box Folder
14 1 Invoices 1995 – 1997



Promotional Materials

Scope and Contents
The Promotional material series is divided into two sub-series by format; Posters and Promo Cards.
Posters
Scope and Contents
The Posters sub-series is arranged alphabetically by the artist or label; most folders contain one to four posters. Most of these posters hung on the walls at Samplified Digital Recording Studios, and many are signed by the artists.
OVS_Box Folder
1 1 2-Def undated
2 .380 undated
3 Big 50 1997
4 Coop MC undated
5 Game Don’t Lie undated
6 G-low undated
7 Guerilla Maab 1999
8 Innate Sound Recordings undated
9 Inmate Records undated
10 I-Witness undated
11 Kamakazeez undated
12 Killa Klan undated
13 Klondike Kat 1993, 1996
14 LifeStyl 1997
15 MSP undated
16 Oddiscee 1999
17 On Da Grind Records undated
18 Point Blank undated
19 PSK-13 1998 – 1999, undated
20 Soul Fruit undated
21 Southern Funk Playas 1995
22 South Park Danger Zone undated
23 South Park Mexican undated
24 Trinity Garden undated
25 True 2 Life Players undated
26 World Wide Riders undated
27 Wreckless Khan undated
Drawer OVS_Folder
F.3 4 20-2-Life undated
5 Icey Hott undated
6 The Terrorists undated
Promo Cards
Box Folder
14 2 Promo Cards undated



Photographs

Scope and Contents
This series is divided into two sub-series: Personal Photographs and Promotional Photographs. The personal photographs sub-series contains photos taken at the studio, and the promotional photographs sub-series contains signed promotional photographs from artists given to the studio.
Personal Photographs
Box Folder
14 3 Personal photographs undated
Promotional Photographs
Box Folder
14 4 Promotional photographs undated