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Turning the Screw: All-Houston Edition with GT Garza, Trae Day, Trouble Sum, Jay'Ton, Paul Wall, Z-Ro, Letoya vs. Slim Thug, Coast, Z-Ro, Juan Gotti 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 protected]. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: GT Garza, "52 Pick Up"

(We've listened to a bunch of GT's stuff, but this remains to be the rawest thing we have ever heard from him. He is in full beast mode.)

Wire To Wire

Likely because Trae Day is this week, we're feeling especially Houston-y. Thus, all of the items in this edition of Turning the Screw are Houston-related. In your face, Drake.

Trae Day is this Wednesday, playas. 10,000-plus Trae fans standing around cooking in a TSU parking lot? That might be the exact recipe for a record-breaking brawl. Sign us up.

And since she'll be performing, now seems an appropriate time to address this: Assholes by Nature's Trouble Sum, the fireball MC we interviewed a while back, is currently the best female rapper in Houston. It's really not up for debate at this point. Exhibit A: her June-released mixtape, Rise 2 Power. (Free download.) We'll see what Perseph One has to say about that when she gets back from tour.

And since he'll be there too: Jay'Ton, if you're reading this, come on and release that Got It By Tha Ton mixtape already. We've been waiting for it for something like three months. We can only watch "Hood Wired Up" on YouTube so many times, ya know.

Rumor has it that Bun B has a new single that will feature Jamie Foxx and a certain unnamed Canadian rapper.

We take our shots at him, but man, kudos to Paul Wall for shooting an entire music video with an iPhone. Very, very smart. We're actually going to cross our fingers and hope it takes off like it has the potential to.

We're also going to cross our fingers and hope Wall regresses back to his Get Ya Mind Correct style, because that was one badass tape.

Not killed in prison: South Park Mexican.

Wanna go live with Mike Jones? Us neither. But if you did, you could email him at [email protected].

Good to see Lil' Flip back in action again, but it's usually not a good sign when the best part of your new mixtape is the artwork. (Actually, the tape is kinda good, that was just an easy joke to make. Sorry, Flipperace.)

And now to get our Perez Hilton on: She later denied it, but it sure seemed like LeToya Luckett was taking a nice little shot at ex-boyfriend Slim Thug during a recent show. Slim responded cryptically via Twitter. Details here.

We finally - finally - tracked down North Houston rapper Coast and interviewed him for Wednesday's Artist of the Week. Look for it. In the meantime, here's the video for "I Can't Complain" (rated N: "Nawf Strongly Approved") one the top five "That's Some Real Shit Right There" songs of the year.

Chamillionaire is offering a whole bunch of different ways to win a copy of his forthcoming Mixtape Messiah 7. Considering MTM 6 made our list of the Best Mixtapes Released By A Houston Artist This Year list, you'll probably want to pick it up.

You know who you never, ever hear anything about? Devin The Dude. We dig and dig looking for something about him every week. Nothing. Never. But in case you missed it, here's that mixtape he was on that dropped early this summer.

Z-Ro has two full-length albums still slated for release this year. There's one with Billy Cook that we are very, very excited about - Z-Ro has always been most enjoyable when he works some sort of melody into a song, apparently what this entire album will do - and another that's a full length follow-up to Crack. We know what the title is, but we're not going to say because it makes us feel better about ourselves. We will tell you that it's named after another drug not unlike crack.

For those of you who are less than ethical, Ro's secret My Favorite Mixtape album that was supposed to have been shelved hit the internet this weekend and downloads aren't terribly difficult to find. It's mostly retreads, but still.

Ooh, ooh, ooh. We also may or may not have heard from someone who may or may not be a Rap-a-Lot employee that Scarface may or may not be prepping for the release of a new album. Either way, here's video of "A Minute to Pray and a Second to Die" from his debut Mr. Scarface Is Back, easily his best album cover of all time.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

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Shea Serrano