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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, homies.
Single of the Week
Lower Life Form’s “Small Town Talk”
Wire to Wire
As reported by Chris Gray, this little Houstonian Yao Ming-ed his way to a free trip to the Olympics.
Don’t front: You jam Slim Thug, too.
Rappers to auction jewelry for charity. Somehow, this is ironic. (And honestly, we never would’ve pictured Biz Markie as the jewelr- wearing type. The braces type? Definitely).
Sadly, Bernie Mac passed away.
A movie where Chris Brown plays a badass? And co-stars T.I.? No way that can be terrible.
Everything is for sale in hip-hop. Everything.
Rosie Perez found a way to make herself almost halfway semi-relevant again. Are we the only ones who wish someone would make White Men Can’t Jump 2?
Scratch “Charity Event” off the list of things that haven’t been shot up in the presence of rappers.
And scratch “Rapper’s Birthday Party” off the list of places you’d least expect yourself to die.
Bow Wow to do sex scene. Hold on a second… we’ve got a phone call: Hello? Oh, hey, Satan, how are you? What? It’s freezing down there? You don't say...
We like when rappers talk about politics. It makes us feel smart.
Asked what he planned to do after receiving the key to the city of Memphis, Master P responded, “Try to get rid of all the haters and the busters, UHHHHH! Na-nah, na-nah!”
We've already heard the Murs For President album due out this September. It’s dope as shit.
Soulja Boy is either a super-genius or a super-dumbass. Our money's on the latter.
Three CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):
Yung Berg, Look What You Made Me
Daz Dillinger, Only On the Left Side
Mal Hablado, Bad Mouth - Shea Serrano
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