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Turning the Screw: OG Ron C, Bun B, "5000" Watts, DMX, The Kanye, Rihanna/Chris Brown, Big HAWK 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: "Killa Joe," Michele Thibeaux

Wire To Wire

Houston's OG Ron C, head honcho of the GO DJ Coalition, was allegedly assaulted and tased by security at TOC Bar this past Thursday night. Chris Brown doesn't see what the big deal is.

Bun B is talking about the final UGK album again, so we're listening.

Michael "5000" Watts has a mixtape coming out with Three 6 Mafia. Let's hope there's a "Chop Me Up" remix. DMX, in a letter he sent from prison addressing the recent claim that he attacked an officer, writes: "For the record, I want to state ''I Did Not' physically touch or hit an officer. This is just another attempt to destroy my credibility." He then added, "You know, because prior to this singular incident, my credibility was totally unquestionable."

The Kanye hates alt-rock, loves woman-beating.

Rick Rubin is working with The Clipse. That song The Clipse has out right now is kinda cool, but we've grown tired of the "I'm kind of a big deal" joke. Ron Burgundy came out, what, five years ago?

LL Cool J has taken an acting role in a spin-off of NCIS. Apparently, he's playing an ex-Navy SEAL. We assume one of the characteristics of said SEAL will be an affinity for lip-licking and losing rap battles to Canibus.

Note: While we were reading the grammatically abysmal, we saw an ad on the right-hand column for Chuck E. Cheese. It's just weird to see Joe Budden in a Hannibal Lecter mask and a cartoon mouse shilling pepperoni pizza on the same Web page, is all we're saying.

How's this: the two guys driving Fabolous's tour bus were arrested with 500 lbs. of marijuana in their possession. 500! That's, like, at least four KiD CuDis. (p.s. Count us among those that were pleasantly surprised that CuDi remade "Day n' Nite," the standout track from his enjoyable mixtape A KiD Named CuDi; Cudi opens for Estelle next Tuesday at House of Blues.)

Would you like to battle 50 Cent in his new video game online today? Then you're a moron.

Rihanna continued with plans to have a birthday party for herself recently, which is all well and good, but we were more interested in the following quote from the article:

"Chris called Rhianna to wish her a happy birthday," [a] source told the newspaper. "He's absolutely trying to get back into her good graces. He knows he's very much in the doghouse right now, and is doing everything he can to show her how sorry he is."

He called her to wish her a happy birthday and that means he's "doing everything he can to show her how sorry he is"? Man, we've been going about this "doing everything" thing all wrong.

UPDATE: Apparently, a phone call was all it took, as outlets are reporting that Brown and Rihanna are back together. Wonder if this has anything to do with that rumor eight or so months ago about her being broke.

Shawty Lo has announced that May may be the month he releases his sophomore album. All the blogs that championed his debut album are all set to trash this one. Because they're so edgy and in your face.

N.O.R.E. was arrested in a Fatburger. We don't even know what to say about that. Said N.O.R.E. in his defense: "What, what, what, what, what, what, wha- what?!"

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, uses the phrase "off the hook" when describing his plan to reach out to urban youth; sounds like an ass doing so.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

"SouthSide," Big Hawk

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