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Turning the Screw: Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., Trae, Z-Ro, Sans Bayonet, Pimp C, Lil' Wayne, Big Moe, 50, Lupe, DMX, Yung Chase, etc.

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: "At The Top," Hollywood F.L.O.S.S.

Wire To Wire

First, thank you to everyone that emailed us about The Diary article that ran last week. That was nice to see, particularly the messages that called us a dumb shit. It's appreciated. We'll head back in for that follow-up test soon enough. There's some stuff on TV that we want to watch first. Priorities, homies.

Trae did his community-service thing this Thanksgiving weekend. He's still the nicest mean guy we've ever met. Incidentally, he's also the meanest mean guy we've ever met.

Another supposed release date for Z-Ro's Heroin came and went. At least this time a new Z-Ro mixtape was leaked, the all-freestyle Relvis Presley. 'Ro samples Drake a couple times, Faith Evans, Biggie, Tupac and a host of others. It's not a bad tape, but it definitely sounds way better in your car than in your earbuds. Anybody familiar with 'Ro's work knows exactly what that means.

On the complete opposite end of the music spectrum, spacey producer/Artist of the Week alumnus Sans Bayonet released a new tape too. ("88 Flow" is from the new tape.) There are plenty of bright spots that warrant you downloading it. Somehow, Hollywood F.L.O.S.S., who's a guest feature on it and also a former Artist of the Weeker, was not the strongest contributor. That should never happen, F.L.O.S.S. You are on notice.

The anniversary of Pimp C's death is this week. DJ Screw's was a couple of weeks ago. Happy holidays, right?

Lil' Wayne's documentary topped iTunes. Now he hates it, or something.

Weezy's Rebirth is still slated to be released next month. Eminem is on it. Remember in 8 Mile when Em killed Lickety Split, Lotto and Papa Doc in that final battle? That's the best. We recorded it this weekend when it came on TV. Oh, and did anybody else notice that TBS declared Con Air and Gladiator new classics? Kudos to them for that.

That anti-gang intervention worker that robbed Bizzy Bone got 12 years in prison. Yipes. Irony carries a heavy jail sentence.

Ooh, also, thanks to reader Joep for passing this along. When we first started The Countdown, we joked that it would soon be cited on Wikipedia as a point of pride for artists. Take a look at the last line of Big Moe's intro on his Wiki page - it's been updated to include his inclusion on the list. Very cool.

50 sold about 160,000 copies his first week. Is that a lot or a little? We can't be sure anymore.

Lupe Fiasco is better than all those other rappers on MTV's Best Rapper list, says Lupe Fiasco.

Can you really still get mad at MF Doom for sending fakes out to perform his live shows for him? That's sort of his MO. You don't get mad at Paul Wall for bei - nah, nevermind. This seems like it's tailor made for a "Paul Wall Is Terrible" joke, but we're gonna pass this go-round.

Did you know the record for freestyling is something like near nine hours? This guy does, and he thinks he can break it.

DMX got sued for $1 million for skipping out on that MMA fight he was supposed to do. That seems a bit extreme. There's no way he has that, right? Might as well sue him for a bajilliongillion dollars.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

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