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Turning the Screw: Famous & Trouble Sum, Solange Knowles, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, The Kanye, Trick Daddy, Bill Clinton, Thom Yorke, J-Dilla, Geto Boys 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 [email protected]. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week

"Poppin'," Famous feat. Trouble Sum

Wire To Wire

Solange Knowles can single-handedly lower deer populations. (We're fairly certain this is the first time Field and Stream has ever been linked to in a hip-hop news round-up. We're catalysts for change, you know.)

Hova did an interview with Best Life recently (because those two go together so perfectly, of course). Not really very exciting news in and of itself, but it gives a reason to link to his Viva La Hova mixtape from late last year, which was fantastic.

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum looks like it will have the best soundtrack of any sports-related museums.

Dudes, 50 Cent is not fuckin' around. You remember his concocted Rick Ross beef, right? Well, 50 is taking it to a whole new fake level of gulliness. He's somehow gotten his hands on a porno video of Ross' baby's, narrated the whole thing and is going to release it online via Attn Ross: Game over, bro.

Because he's not around enough, The Kanye is rumored to be taking cartoon form soon on a Family Guy spin-off.

Trick Daddy is intent on saving the publishing industry, releasing autobiography.

Nick Cannon and Nickelodeon reunite. We're sad that we know this.

Bill Clinton is collaborating with Wyclef. We're upset that this is not what we thought it was.

Thom Yorke is remixing a Doom song. We are super-pumped about this.

John Forte is set to be a teacher. Yes, that's the same John Forte that was arrested after accepting $1.4 million in liquid cocaine.

Some smarty-arties up at NYC did a study to find out how blogs, MySpace and the like affected/predicted album sales. Says the report, "Meh, we mean, they're definitely related somehow."

There was a shooting at Beanie Sigel's birthday party. We are officially all out of rapper-related-shooting jokes.

There's a new J-Dilla album in the works. It'll mostly be instrumentals and beats and whatnot, but you should still get it anyway. And we don't mean "get it" as in "download it from z-share two days after its officially released," either. We mean you should "get it" as in "proper get it," thievin' no-gooders.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

Geto Boys, "Straight Gangsterism"