Turning The Screw: Z-Ro, Cham, Plies, 50 Cent, The Kanye, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, DJ Mr. Magic, Fabolous, T-Pain, The Undergods 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. E-mail tips to email@example.com. Thanks, homies.
Single of the Week : "Haterz Got Me Wrong," Z-Ro feat. Gucci Mane and C-Ward
[This is another leaked single from the phantom Z-Ro album we wrote about last Friday. If this does happen to be Heroin repackaged, do not be surprised to find Ro in a dumpster somewhere very soon. J. Prince does not fuck around.]
Wire To Wire:
Cham is letting fans decide the title of his next album. As expected, the choices they offered up are pretty awful. And somehow they landed on Venom as the title, which was the title of the album that he shelved in lieu of this one. Nice work, guys.
Even more from the (hopefully) soon-to-be-leaked Ro album. It's only a matter of time.
Somebody is actually trying to ban rap concerts because of the stabbings and shootings that take place at them. Hmmm, maybe we can petition a ban on the Wal-Mart in Meyer Park. We're almost certain more people are stabbed outside of that place than at any Plies concert.
Swiz Beatz's soon-to-be ex-wife sent an open letter to Alicia Keys, who apparently played a key role in the dissolution of their marriage.
Hey, Canibus is back.
Dang. DJ Mr. Magic died.
T-Pain is getting big time paid off that iPhone app he made. Apparently, he's already made something like a million dollars from it, which is good because he probably needed it to buy another necklace or maybe a hairbrush or whatever.
The Kanye and Lady Gaga cancelled their Fame Kills tour. That sucks. We were really looking forward to it. (You were probably expecting some smarmy punchline there. Sorry.)
50 Cent reacted to Jay-Z's claims that "no one is afraid of 50." We would like to go on the record as saying that we are, in fact, afraid of 50. Pretty much anyone that's ever been shot in the face and not died.
Nas spoke on the beating death of teenager Derrion Albert. If you've yet to see the video, do not watch it. It is awful.
Feigning enthusiasm about Shyne's release from prison: Diddy, the guy that curiously got acquitted of all charges when Shyne got sent away.
Fabolous was poisoned? What a weird thing to happen; unless he's living in a murder mystery, that is. If so, he should check the amulet of the buxom blonde everyone assumes is too dumb to have perpetrated the murder. That's always where she hides the poison.
Kind of a cool name for a group that gets more and more lame each time you hear it: The Undergods.
Houston Rap Video of the Week: Because you either missed it or forgot about it.
SPM, "In My Hood"
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