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Turning the Screw: Killa Kyleon, Destiny's Child, New Boyz, Lil' Flip, Devin, Trae, Cham, Freddy Gibbs, Weezy, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Rihanna, 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: "H-Town State of Mind," Killa Kyleon

Killa is so, so, so good at flipping at other people's songs.

Wire to Wire

Destiny's Child took a nice little shot to their credibility. Again.

Someone at the Washington Post soooo got their ass chewed out for this.

Ooh! We've been meaning to mention this for a while now, so before we forget: Take a look at the picture at right. That's Craig Hlavaty, the Houston Press music listings editor. He's all rockery and whatnot. Keep that image in your head. Now take a look at this "You're A Jerk" video from The New Boyz (above). Skip ahead to the 3:28 mark. Pay close attention to the guy that they show on the right very briefly. We are 100 percent that's him. 100 percent. And he's not so rockery there.

Lil' Flip is doing his damndest to work his way back into national relevancy again. Here's a link to download his new mixtape for free. It's him rapping over a whole bunch of Jay-Z beats. (Of course he called it Reasonable Clout.) There's a discernable amount of humility on a few of the songs, which is both surprising and enjoyable.

Devin the Dude will be releasing his new album, Suite 420, this February. That's going to be a big month, seeing as how Trae will also be releasing his next full length, as will Chamillionaire. Wait a second...

The release date for Chamillionaire's Venom has been pushed from February to March. See, Chamillionaire Fans, this is why you don't elect to name a new album the same name as an old album that ended up never being released. You think you're paying respect to the unreleased old album, but really you're just cursing the new album. It's like, if you have a kid Bucky, and that kid gets hit by a truck, you don't name your next kid Bucky too. Haven't you seen a scary movie before? That shit can never end well. You might as well celebrate his birthday on an Indian burial ground.

The always enjoyable Jeff Weiss wrote a feature for LA Weekly on Freddie Gibbs. Read it.

Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane no longer hate each other.

More Lil' Wayne rock music. This one's titled "Da Da Da," and it is just awful. He'll probably sell a million downloads. Here's another. This one's actually kind of cool.

The Vatican cosigns Tupac.

Rihanna's kinda funny, turns out.

One of the guys that used to be in overtly sexual R&B group Pretty Ricky has been accused of child molestation. We don't want to jump the gun here, but how can a guy who calls himself Pleasure P not be a sexual predator?

Common, Mos, Q-Tip, Drake, Cudi and a few others got nods from the Grammys. With the exception of Common, those all seem just about right. We must really be bad at hating Drake, because it turns out we like every one of his songs.

Care to meet Snoop in person?

Here's an interesting headline from our RSS feed this week: Keith Murray Headed To Mozambique for World AIDS Day. Another way to they could have written that: Numerous Mozambiquians Disappointed That Rapper Not Named Lil' Wayne Didn't Showed Up For World AIDS Day.

Shit just keeps getting worse for Gucci Mane.

The Beasties are fans of Norah Jones.

Canibus released a diss track aimed at Eminem. When are people going to learn that this is never a good idea?

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

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