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Turning the Screw: Bun B, Cham, The Box, Trae, Jay'Ton, Lloyd Banks, Kid-n-Play, Kurupt, NBA Jam, Diddy, 9th Wonder, Snoop, RZA 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: "On To the Next Year," Bun B


Bonus Verse of the Week: "All You Know," Happy Perez ft. Chamillionaire Kind of fly to hear Cham on something like this. Getting' his Kid Cudi on, we'd say.

Wire to Wire

We've been meaning to post on this - and likely will post a more in depth discussion about it at a later date - but it appears that The Box has listed the "June 27th" freestyle as the best song to ever come out of Houston. Excuse us while we steal a line from The Wire's Clay Davis: Shhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

Word is that Trae's new album is being pushed back to March so as to help capitalize fully on his building buzz.

New music from Jay'Ton. His new tape is supposed to be out this week. Also, Bigfoot is supposed to be real. (Just to clarify, Jay'Ton. If you happen to be reading this, that was a joke. That's it. Please do not stab us, because that would suck. Okay, thanks.)

Lloyd Banks was arrested. Ho hum.

Holy Christ. Kid-n-Play is going on tour alongside the Fat Boys and others. Those two groups were responsible for two of our all-time favorite movies as a child.

Kurupt's new album will feature some unreleased Death Row tracks. It seems like we should be more excited about this.

They're bringing back NBA Jam, the greatest basketball video game in the history of basketball video games. To finish out the ranking, second place goes to Arch Rivals and a distant third goes to NBA Street 2. If a game doesn't allow you to punch someone in the nose or dunk from beyond the three point line, we're not interested. Unless of course the game is so very clearly possessed of racial stereotypes that it becomes endlessly re-playable. In which case, Jordan vs. Bird is our pick.

You know what Diddy could use more of? Half-hearted sponsorship deals.

Duke University just got a whole lot less we-don't-like-minorities-y: Producer 9th Wonder to teach class.

Beanie Sigel and Freeway are releasing the Roc Boys LP soon. Feels like we've heard this story before, right?

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Crooked I and Benzino are arguing about things or not arguing about things or something. We're not sure, because we didn't even bother to read past the title of the story. We don't suspect you'd want to either. So instead, here's a video of some guy cussing at people while he plays Monopoly that all of you online gamers will think is super, super funny.

So there's apparently something called the Snoop Bowl.

RZA is going to be directing a movie called The Man with the Iron Fist. We think - we think - it will have something to do martial arts. Or maybe it has something to do with lesbians and a certain sex move. Either way, we're going to see it.

Rapper Alfamega's children were attacked at a nightclub. Not cool.

Receiving yet another postponement: Weezy's Rebirth.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

"Elbow Swangin'"

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