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Turning the Screw: Kyle Hubbard, Bun B, Cory Mo, The Kanye, Dr. Dre, Notorious B.I.G., Lil Wayne, 40 Glocc, Death Row Fire Sale, Trae 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 Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: "Sippin'," Kyle Hubbard feat. Roosk and DZA

Wire To Wire

"Get Out the Way"

We enjoy Bun B and Cory Mo. Statik Selektah, on the other hand, we don't like. Thus, this song is 66 percent good. Music criticism backed by mathematics is indefensible.

The Kanye is planning on posing naked soon. We imagine it will be just as tasteful as when Ice-T did it.

Dr. Dre is reportedly displeased with the 50 Cent/R. Kelly track "It Could Have Been You" (above) being leaked early. He should probably be more displeased with it being so crappy.

The soundtrack for Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious is out tomorrow. We're going to see this movie even though we know how terrible it's going to be. We're smart like that.

Lil Wayne, not to be outdone by the obscurity of Kanye's 808's, is recording a rock album. Let us be the first to praise its garbageness.

After allegedly thwarting a bombing attempt on a plane, Asher Roth, it would appear, is not Jack Bauer. His mixtape is still dope, anyhow. Download it for free here.

Queen Pen, former victim of domestic abuse, is holding a press conference to rally against it.

Jermaine Durpri turned loose from Def Jam? We suspect it had something to do with his teeth, which we've always found terribly unsettling. They're just a little too chimp-like, we think.

40 Glocc, whom you may remember from allegedly snatching Tyga's chain, has a new mixtape available via his Web site. We plan on listening to it, but only because he knocked off Scarface's tape-over-the-mouth thing from "G-Code" (above).

Will the Inaugural Ball be a little too bland for you? Then might we suggest the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball? Ginuwine is going to be there, so we assume it's going to be held in 2002 - you know, back when Ginuwine was relevant.

Speaking of, Cypress Hill's B-Real has a new album coming out.

Soulja Boy has a cartoon now. Naturally, it's of the highest quality. You can expect the storm of locusts any day now.

Death Row Records' catalogue will be auctioned off next week. Surely Kurupt's Against the Grain will fetch a healthy sum.

Three Pointers

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

Notorious B.I.G., Notorious soundtrack

Pete Rock, Surviving Elements

Trae, I Am Houston (Not technically released Tuesday, but we've just downloaded it. You should too.) - Shea Serrano 

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