Turning the Screw: ESG and Friends, Chamillionaire, Dustin Prestige, 50, Eminem, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Rihanna, Lil' Flip, 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: "Break Dem Boys Off," ESG feat. Slim Thug and Big Hawk

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Chamillionaire continues to market himself as one of the smarter rappers in Houston, speaks on independent promotion within the music industry at Stanford.

The Single of the Week reminded us of the same-named song from Dallas' B. Hardy and Houston's Dustin Prestige that was passed to us some weeks ago. Listen here. They're both fun, but one is better than the other. We'll let you decide which.

Haha. Masta Ace and EDO G released a music video calling out all of the rappers with "Lil'" and "Young" in their names. Several Houston MCs made the list, including Lil' Flip, Lil' Keke and Yungstar. Somehow, Lil' Young from Swishahouse was left off.

50 Cent spends 1.6 million dollars a year on security. What a spaz. You'd think the guy had been shot in the face before or something.

Eminem will star in a 3-D horror anthology? Of course.

Bill Cosby sure is ornery nowadays. We wouldn't be surprised to see some domestic abuse charges filed by Claire Huxtable pop up on TMZ soon.

Jay-Z sure is getting a lot of spin out of his "Empire State of Mind." Chris Brown has a whole host of fellas on his new LP.

Didn't wanna drop the cake to get into J. Prince Jr. and Drake's birthday celebration? That's cool. Watch it here. Or, if you must, here.

So, turns out DMX backed out of the MMA fight he wasn't training for. Back from the dead: Vibe. Still not really that relevant anymore: Vibe.

REEEEMMMIIXXXXX!

Back from the dead: Vibe. And look who's on the re-inaugural cover: Chris Brown. Maybe they're trying to let everyone know that they're going to beat back the haters.

Did you know you that, thanks to McNally Smith College of Music, you can know officially major in hip-hop studies? The question here is obvious: Would you rather walk into a job interview with that degree, or with one from that University of Phoenix online school? Either way, we're pretty sure you're screwed.

This Emilio Rojas character is starting to grow on us.

We're familiar with them - hell, we have a whole bunch of the music - but Jeezy's USDA thing is just always going to sound weird. Why would you ever name anything that wasn't meat-related that?

Hey, guess who's not a fan of domestic abuse: Rihanna.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

Chamillionaire feat. Lil' Flip, "Turn It Up"

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