Turning the Screw: Sans Bayonet, ESG, Dustin Prestige, Diddy, Ghostface, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, Ike Turner 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: Sans Bayonet feat. Rob Prophetik, "Evolution"

Wire To Wire

ESG is talking about his forthcoming album, which will be available online only. That means, of course, it'll be available via bootleg outside any barbershop on the North, South, East or West side of Houston only a day or so later than expected. 

Given our fair-weather nature, we switch musical allegiances quite often. One week we're rocking Weezer, the next it's one of Lupe Fiasco's mixtapes, the next it's some trendy nonsense that we'll say we like it even though we don't just because that's the kind of preposterous thing music writers are required to do from time to time. Last week, though, our loyalty sat with a barely known yet somehow still talented local: World, meet Dustin Prestige.

We are unending proponents of Houston rap. Even still, we're not entirely sure how we feel about "Bottom," a Trae, 50 Cent and Kool G. collaboration.

Diddy is offering the Mayor of New York $1,000,000 to change the colors of the city's New Year's Eve Ball to Chiroc blue. That's cool and all, what with Chiroc Vodka being one of the many companys Diddy gets down with. But we think it'd be considerably more interesting if he offered the Mayor $1 milionto wear one of those shiny suits from "Mo Money, Mo Problems" to every meeting for a week.

Sadly, we did receive the Ghostface Killah doll for Christmas.

We would like to reiterate Media Takeout's point regarding 50 Cent's reality show being cancelled prior to its own finale. How bad does a reality show have to be to be cancelled mid-season? That's like cutting off the porno before the money shot. Even Paris Hilton's search for a BFF made it through one full season.

Mary J. Blige is being sued by two wayward gentlemen. We didn't read the article or anything, but we've taken a "Mary is Innocent" stance, if for no other reason than we've used lyrics from "You're All I Need to Get By" on several different romantic occasions.

Ah crap. It appears that you can look forward to an Auto-tuned reincarnation of "Over and Over": T-Pain and Tim McGraw to record together.

We were really disappointed when we clicked on a link advertising "Tupac skin for sale" and found this.

In a blatant case of backpedaling, DJ Scratch has withdrawn his (funny) remark re: EPMD's recent poor record sales, saying the acronym, in fact, does not stand for "Erick and Parrish Making Diddly Squat."

This is fairly irrelevant now, but we thought it was worth mentioning for the sheer cleverness of it: Young Jeezy, drug/thug rapper extraordinaire, hosted a Christmastime volunteer event called - get ready for it - "Toyz 'N Da Hood." How dope is that?

Three Pointers

Three CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):

Ike and Tina Turner, 18 Classic Tracks - Note: We're aware Ike isn't rap music, but you're missing the more important point: Ike Turner - the late Ike Turner - has a MySpace page. That seems weird, doesn't it?

Kevin Rudolf, In The City

Blood Raw, The Raw Report - Shea Serrano

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