Turning the Screw: Dustin Prestige, Lupe Fiasco, Katy Perry/Travis McCoy, Dr. Dre, DJ AM, Lil' Kim, Damon Dash/Jay-Z, Talib Kweli and More

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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: "Funny Valentine," Dustin Prestige

Wire To Wire

Lupe Fiasco, whom you'll remember recently announced his retirement, is rumored to be putting out rock music as British-accented Percival Fats, lead singer of Japanese Cartoon. (Listen here; it's actually pretty good.) The band denies such claims, saying Lupe is only a "dear friend"; that sounds a little like when our wife told us she got pregnant because another pregnant women sneezed on her at Walgreen's.

Unlike Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson was actually asked to perform at Obama's inauguration, which is shaping up to be an early candidate for Concert of the Year - just like the Republicans threatened. 

Gym Class Hero Travis McCoy and Katy Perry broke up. We felt you needed to know this. We are possessed of incredibly low self-worth, it would seem.

Dr. Dre's son's death was attributed to an overdose. We'll refrain from making the obvious "Listened To The Chronic One Too Many Times" or "How Could This Have Happened? Isn't His Dad A Doctor?" jokes.

Soulja Boy is rumored to have been robbed at his home recently. Ice-T is behind this, we suspect. Hell, he's probably behind Queen Latifah's robbery as well. Old school cats are real like that.

DJ AM, who's taken some heat for the lawsuit he filed following that plane crash he and Travis Barker were part of, claims he is, in fact, not a dick (despite rumors to the contrary): "I would never sue the deceased pilots' estates or personal holdings. I am more than grateful that I survived this horrible accident and I'd never try to take anything from those that didn't," he said via his MySpace page. "But, yeah, I'm totally suing those dead pilots," he (might have) added.

Ludacris and Common are presenting at the Critics' Choice Awards. Rumor has it they are handing out the coveted "I've Become Annoying As Shit" trophy.

Lil' Kim is none too happy about the way she was represented in the forthcoming Biggie biopic Notorious. Remember that rumor from the '90s that she had to have her stomach pumped because there was so much semen in there? Irony is funny.

Rapper K'NAAN attributes the recent wrath of pirates to - get ready for it - nuclear waste. That seems reasonable.

A documentary on the horizon, apparently, chronicles exactly what happened between Damon Dash and Jay-Z. Say it with us now: Who. Gives. A. Crap?

Talib Kweli's record label split from big-timers Warner Bros. It's not terribly interesting in and of itself, but it does give us reason to post a video of Black Star's "RE: DEFinition," which is fantastic. And simply because we still know all the words, here's New Edition's "Cool It Now."

Three Pointers

Three CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):

DJ Modo, I Do Dirt

Skream, Skreamizm Vol. 5

Stacs of Stamina, Tivoli - Shea Serrano

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