Turning the Screw: Bun B, Z-Ro, LeBron, Prince, Ice Cube, The Kanye, Aziz Ansari, Omarion, Waka Flocka Flame (Just Read), Ja Rule and More

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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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week:

"O.G." C. Loc, Bun B and Z-Ro

Wire to Wire

Bun B is still leaking tracks from his

non-mixtape mixtape

in preps for the release of his new album. In case you're keeping tabs, that's a new album from Bun, Trae, Devin and Fat Tony all in the first quarter of this year. We're already off to a better start than last year.

The Kanye was frozen out of the Haiti relief thing

on TV the other night because some high-ranking producer anonymously said he'd try and make it about him. Then another story got posted that he actually wasn't banned, that was all a mistake. So, pretty much this became about The Kanye then? Got it. Oh, and Aziz Ansari told a great Kanye story.

Watch it.

How about LeBron going word for word with Eminem on "Forever" while it played on the PA system at the recent Lakers/Cavs game? That's cool. And reason enough to continue all of the basketball/rap metaphors that have been cluttering up our recent blog posts. MTV found a replacement for

America's Best Dance Crew

's Shane Sparks. (It's Omarion.) This is just us spitballing, but if one of the main parts of your show gets accused of

eight counts of child molestation

, you probably should just go ahead and shut the show down on principle. We're not surprised by this at all, because if you give yourself the name Waka Flocka,

you deserve to be shot

. Ja Rule might get four years for a

gun charge

. Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" was named the

most popular song of the 2000s

. Ack. Here's a preview of

Lupe Fiasco's upcoming mixtape (with DJ Absolut)

. He'll be in town this week, which means you'll be reading a running timeline of the event the next day or so. When we say "hip hip," you say "hooray."

Prince is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. And he let everyone know by recording a song about them. We were so overrun with immediate reactions that we couldn't settle on one. Here are a few:

  • Oh God. It's like our ears have cancer. And that cancer wants to make love to a bunch of men.
  • Oh, Prince likes football, does he? We're gonna go ahead and put this in the "Yeah fucking right" file.
  • Prince singing about the Minnesota football Vikings is like hearing Hannibal Lecter sing about the merits of being vegetarian: Those two things just don't go together.
  • "We're ready to fight the elegant war"? Whistley guitars and electro sass? A Christmas-ish clap line? Yeah, he really captured the essence of football here.

Speaking of musicians making football-related entertainment, Ice Cube's Raiders documentary will be airing on ESPN soon. We're only going to watch it if he narrates it as Doughboy from Boyz N the Hood. Lil' O YouTube Video of the Week Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

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