Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige: ESG, 50 Cent, Lil' Jon (Whaaaat?!), Lil' Wayne, Snoop & Dre, Taylor Swift's Revenge, etc.
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Wire To Wire Counting down the days until ESG releases his album. Please don't let it be crappy, please don't let it be crappy, please don't let... And for this week's installment of Books That Probably Aren't Helping The Book Industry: 50 Cent's The 50th Law. Did you know there's actually a Hip Hop Chess Federation? And there tagline is "Using Chess, Music and Martial Arts to promote unity, strategy and non-violence." There are so many jokes to be made there that we're at a loss.
We think we might rather have no legacy at all than being remembered as the person that inspired the "no cosmetic surgery without medical clearance" law. Lil' Jon's crunk-rock album (titled Crunk Rock, of course) is just about ready. My, my, my. How's this for an in-the-know headline: Raekwon, Slug, Scarface On BK-One & Benzilla LP. Anyone not familiar with rap music that stumbled across that was probably like, "What the fuck?" Take a guess at how much money Lil' Wayne's 78-city tour made. Did you say $4 million? Then you were only $38 million off. Holy crap, are we excited for this: Death Row to release unheard Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre music from the '90s. The term "No Homo" is so incredibly lame. The term "No Homer," however, is kind of cool. What are the odds that The Hector Fund isn't really just music's version of the Bernie Madoff scam? One of hip-hop's finest journalists (and former Houston Press writer), Kris Ex, summed the Method Man/Ghostface/Raekwon collabo album up nicely on his Twitter: Ghost: "Def Jam wants an album with me, Meth, and Rae." translation: Def Jam: "We're not wasting any money on a Meth solo and he owes us." Taylor's revenge? "Thug Story," Taylor Swift feat. T-Pain: "You don't wanna fight me, in my extra small white tee." Houston Rap Video of the Week Because you either missed it or forgot about it: