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Turning the Screw: DZA, Trae, Al Sharpton, Common, Beyonce, Akon, Mos Def, Vanilla Ice and a Whole Lotta Obama

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: DZA, “Nuthin’ 2 a Boss (Remix)”

Wire To Wire

Trae’s new mixtape, Street Advocate, is dope. Pick it up here.

Soulja Boy apparently has been catching some heat about that slave-master shout-out that he gave recently. We love that his rebuttal very nearly starts with “What had happened was…”

According to renowned hip-hop historian Al Sharpton, President-elect Barack Obama will be cleaning up hip-hop. Surely that's one of the new administration's most pressing concerns.

Common celebrates Obama's impending arrival at the White House with an album leak. That’s better than the way we celebrated the event, we suppose - eating day-old Cool Ranch Doritos and watching Blood In Blood Out on DVD.

The Game says he puts fatherhood before rapping; mediocre lyricality before innovative.

We know the first thing we thought when we heard Obama won the election was “Wonder how Nick Cannon feels about all of this?” Musicians' reactions to our new president-elect are here and here.

Speaking of, Beyonce has offered, unsolicited, to perform at Obama’s inauguration. Makes perfect sense to us.

Mos Def looks to bolster his street cred, apparently: a warrant has been issued for his arrest. We’re curious to know what Umi will have to say about that.

Jheryl Busby, former Motown president and CEO, accidentally drowned.

Akon promises new sound on upcoming album, says, “We’re going to go with something really original. Each song will probably start with a guy in the background saying ‘Convict,’ followed by the sound of a closing cell door, and then pull everything together with some annoying-as-shit singing about booty-popping and getting money. Yeah, really innovative stuff.”

Jadakiss does not understand how the electoral process works, apparently: the Lox MC says he supported Obama; did not vote.

We’ve always thought Juelz Santana to be a bit too contrived (and Northern) for our liking, but we’ll admit that we’re kinda looking forward to his upcoming collabo, if for no other reason than because involves a group called Skull Gang.

Maroon 5 is releasing a hip-hop album? WTF doesn't even begin to cover it.

Three Pointers

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

E.S.G., Gorilla Grindin’

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