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Turning the Screw: You(genious), Fat Tony vs. Nosaprise, R.I.P. Roc Raida, The Kanye, C-Murder, Lil' Mama, Lil' Wayne, H.I.S.D. & K.O., 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.

(Sexy, Spoony) Single of the Week: You(genious), "Sex on a Spoon"

[Note: How many Houston musicians can you spot in that video? We're at six.]

Wire To Wire

Fat Tony and Nosaprise are, hands down, two of our favorite underground Houston rappers. We can't say enough good things about them. Unless we're talking about their freestyle battle rap showing, that is. Then we totally can. (Hat tip to reader Carly for passing along the link to that six-month-old video we somehow managed to miss.)

Why the eff is everybody dying this year? R.I.P. Roc Raida.

Hanz, the guy that punched Joe Budden a while back at the Rock the Bells show, is talking about it now. Long story short, he did it because of the negative remarks Budden had made about Raekwon and Meth. Our idealistic reaction is to call it a bullcrap move because violence begets violence, but one time at a club in San Antonio we sucker-punched a guy in the head because he was talking saucy to a friend of ours (we then promptly disappeared into the crowd), so, whatever, we're cool with it.

Not sure whose rumored reunion we're less surprised by: Nas and Kelis or Chris Brown and Rihanna.

BET announced that, among others, The Kanye received 9 nominations from their awards show. We're pretty much indifferent towards young Ms. Taylor Swift, but if she can work up the balls to secretly finagle her way into the building and then interrupt The Kanye during one of his acceptance speeches, we will forever buy every album she ever releases.

C-Murder's people are saying that racism is to blame for his murder conviction. Yeah, it might be that, or it might be because he killed a kid. Details, right?

Kid Cudi's debut album is so, so good. The spelling on it, however, is so, so not. They actually spelled The Kanye's name "Kayne," but he'll have no problem with that. He seems like a pretty humble guy.

Lost in all the Swift/Kanye talk - they spoke to (or near) each other recently, and the President accidentally weighed in - was Lil' Mama's stage-crashing at the VMAs. Jay and Alicia were pretty diplomatic about it, but this guy wasn't. Did you know that Lil' Mama had crashed The Last Supper? Funny.

Chris Brown begins community service.

Looking forward to the Wale album as much as we are? Well, you're going to have keep on looking forward to it for a few more months.

Lil' Wayne's newest baby was born. Congratul - oh, wait, wait. Another lil' Lil' Wayne was born as we were typing that last sent - oh, wait, wait. Yet another Wayne baby was just born. (You see what we're doing? Cause it seems like he has a baby born every few sec - oh, wait, wait. Another was just born. We could do this all da - oh, wait, wait. Okay, that's enough alrea - oh, hold on. One more. That's it for now - we think.)

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

H.I.S.D. and K.O., "Summer So Good,"

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