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Turning the Screw: New Trae and G.R.I.T. Boys, R.I.P. DJ AM, Kings of Leon Remixed, Jay Z vs. Rush Limbaugh, Uncut Pimp C, 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: Trae, "Letter to tha King"

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The G.R.I.T. Boys finally put out some new music. Make sure you download it. It's free.

You know, when we first heard "Forever," the Drake/Eminem/Weezy/Kanye collaboration, we were pretty underwhelmed. But the more we listen to it, the more we like it. Sorry, you'll have to form your own opinion this time.

DJ AM found dead. Condolences go out to his people. Damn.

Fredro Starr has always been, in our minds, near the top of Cool Mountain. It's the only reason we're inclined to mention the documentary he's a part of, because he's not really relevant anymore. (Seriously, he's super cool. And his bone structure is amazing.)

We've got a funny feeling that Raekwon's release party is going to be better than the actual album. Please don't let that be the case.

Too Short caught on DUI charge. Do you realize that Too Short is 43? Crazy. We're so going to watch Menace to Society tonight.

Soul Train, the movie? Well, this has to be amazing.

Kings of Leon are getting the rap-remix treatment. Kinda excited to see how that turns out. (FYI, we tried to convince Squincy Jones to do a similar Z-Ro/rock band pairing but we got stonewalled. If you see him around, mention it to him.)

They found marijuana, heroin and cash in Jadakiss' apartment. His response: "Totally not mine."

How about Rush Limbaugh taking the literal route when responding to Jay-Z's call-out? Cool, right? Quick review: Jay-Z rhymes about Limbaugh being on his balls in a new song, to which Limbaugh responds, "I would remind the rapper Jay-Z: Mr. Z, it is President Obama who wants mandated circumcision. We had that yesterday. That means if we need to save our penises from anybody, it's Obama. I did not know I was on anybody's balls. I'm happy to know that they think I am, though." Rush Limbaugh is so dope.

We used to think Rihanna was completely without blame in the Chris Brown thing, but it turns out that was, like, the third or fourth time that he whupped up on her. How does that ever happen to anyone more than once?

Hey, aspiring rappers, do you wanna do a song with pop star Alex Young? Did you respond to that with "Who?" Good, then we're not alone.

Juelz Santana got arrested for threatening his wife. Seems like a saucy thing to arrest someone for.

From now on you should have to pay double hospital bills if you get shot and/or stabbed at a rap concert. How do you not see that coming?

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Shea Serrano