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Turning the Screw: Patrick Sims, Lil Wayne, Notorious, Suge Knight, Wale, Just Blaze, Devin the Dude, Klondike Kat 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: "Chill," Patrick Sims

Wire To Wire

Weezy has announced an April release date for his forthcoming rock LP. His PR people have also relayed that it's going to be titled Rebirth, barely edging out Really Horrible Idea and No Way Is This Going To Be Any Good.

Okay, okay, we get it, Lil Kim: You're not a fan of Notorious.

Speaking of, we saw Notorious and it wasn't nearly as bad as we assumed it would be. (It did something like $21 million in its first weekend.) To help you percolate until you get a chance to check it out (read: it comes to Redbox), here's the link to Forever, a better-than-average Biggie Smalls mixtape.

"Hands Up Thumbs Down"

Baltimore's club scene looks like it's about to go all Houston Rap 2005. It's okay, we suppose. But after listening to it for about 40 seconds we pretty much want to jam a pencil into our ears. Here's a sample (above).

Former Bad Boy Mark Curry releases book, drops bombshell that Diddy is a shrewd businessman. (The cover is pretty dope, though.)

From the department of "No Shit, Stupid," an NY Law firm is accusing Suge Knight of "Gangster-style" business.

On the off chance that you haven't yet listened to him, you really should check out D.C. rapper Wale. He's killin' it right now. (Click to read his Press interview from back in August.)

Just Blaze was able to settle the beef between Joe Budden and Saigon, saying "Well, you know, us mediocre-at-best rappers have to stick together."

Little Brother's Phonte was not a fan of The Kanye's 808's...

More Free Music: Junclassic's EP Late Nites & Early Mournings

Yung Joc is releasing his third album via Jive Records. "Why?" respond Jive execs.

And because we just bought a copy of it on special for $2, here's Devin the Dude's On The Grind mixtape. Lots of fun, if for no other reason than because there is a three-song set where the tracks are titled "Pussy," "Toast to the Pussy," and "Payin' for Pussy." You stay classy, Devin.

If you've never seen them, photographer Peter Beste, most often identified with his Norwegian Black Metal scene photography, has some dope, dope shots of the Houston rap scene

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

"Suicide," Klondike Kat

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