Turning the Screw: Thurogood Wordsmith, Jay-Z, Z-Ro, R. Kelly, Mase, R.I.P. Vibe, Ganksta N-I-P and More

Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. Email tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.com. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: "Boomerang," Thurogood Wordsmith Wire to Wire The guy that provided this week's Single of the Week is dope. Check him out. Looking forward to his forthcoming mixtape, The Kenny Powers Mixtape: Power Bars, if for no other reason than because it has a cool title. Video for Jay-Z's "D.O.A." Very nice. Hova and Harvey Keitel dappin' each other up just might be the nexus of cool. And at the middle, when they're playing cards and Jay asks Harvey if he's okay, and Harvey responds, "What makes you think I'm otherwise?" Seriously. Who thinks to say stuff like that? Anybody listened to Z-Ro's Crack album lately? It is aging very, very well, very, very quickly. Listen to it front to back again. We don't think it's immature to call it a classic, particularly within the context of his entire discography. And because you've been so well-behaved today, here's Ro's "I'm A Soldier." Anybody else notice those 12-year-olds onstage during the Young Money performance at the BET awards? Whoops. (A lesser man might make a joke about how that was ironically appropriate, seeing as how BET dedicated the show to Michael Jackson.) Speaking of, R. Kelly is NOT at it again. We feel like we should be more excited about the new Mack 10 album. Michael's gone, but Mase is back. Totally not an even trade-off. Q-Tip will finally be releasing Kamaal The Abstract. Chili from TLC and Pepa from Salt-n-Pepa to have a reality show called Chili and Pepa. Bleeecccch. It's like VH-1 just sits around saying, "Hmmm... what rappers can we pair together so as to create a just-barely-clever title for a reality show?" Vibe magazine shuts its doors. Anybody not see that one coming? It had pretty much become a 150-page press release. How the hell did Eminem/Mariah Carey become the most believable beef of 2009? Drake signs with Weezy's label. Houston Rap Video of the Week Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

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