Screwball is a New York City hip hop group, with members Hostyle, KL, Blaq Poet, & Solo. Their debut Y2K The Album was released in 2000 on Tommy Boy Records. The album yielded two singles; "H-O-S-T-Y-L-E" and the surprising and virtually unbroadcastable "F.A.Y.B.A.N." (Otherwise known as "Fuck All You Bitch Ass Niggas"). The album's production was handled mostly by Mike Heron and V.I.C. of the Ghetto Professionals (Beatnuts affiliates) with additional help from New York City greats such as Pete Rock, Godfather Don, Marley Marl & DJ Premier. Their second album Loyalty followed in 2001 on Landspeed Records and Screwed Up, a compilation of new and old material followed in 2004 on Hydra Entertainment. Member KL died in 2008 of an asthma attack.
Poet was earlier best known for his attack on KRS-One in the 1987 song "Beat You Down". "Without Warning" is a Hip-Hop album from the duo Poet and Hot Day which was released on August 31, 1991 on Tuff City Records. This was their only release together and the duo released only two singles from the LP: "I'm Flippin" and "Pandemonium". The album isn't well known, but Poet's lyrical flow and content give the album its share of publicity. The album has only one guest; a feature by a very young Cormega on the track, "Set It Off."
Blaq Poet's debut solo album Rewind: Deja Screw was released in 2006 and featured several songs produced by DJ Premier and featuring Big Shug and Teflon. He is currently signed to DJ Premier's label "Year Round Records".
Blaq Poet appeared, together with DJ Premier, on KRS-One and Marley Marl's album Hip Hop Lives, on the song "The Victory" which made an end to KRS and Poet's rivalry during The Bridge Wars. He also appeared on the NYG'z debut 2007 album Welcome 2 G-Dom that also released through Year Round Records. Blaq Poet released an album Tha Blaqprint together with DJ Premier on June 30, 2009.
KL, a cousin of Blaq Poet, was also known as Kamakazee and released a couple of hailed underground 12" singles in the late '90s and early 2000s, often produced by Marley Marl. In 2006 KL appeared on the Molemen album Killing Fields, on the song "Street Conflict", with Cormega, and fellow Screwball member Hostyle. KL died on March 28, 2008 of an asthma attack. Upon his death, DJ Premier said:
|“||His hardcore delivery and raspy voice was well known in many circles...He is already up in ghetto heaven, so his music will live through all of us that love him.||”|
- Y2K: The Album
- Released 2000
- Singles: "F.A.Y.B.A.N.", "H-O-S-T-Y-L-E"
- Label: Tommy Boy Records
- Released 2001
- Singles: "Torture"
- Label: Landspeed Records
- Screwed Up
- Released: July 19, 2004
- Singles: "I Ain't Saying Nothing"
- Label: Hydra Entertainment