Screwston, Texas

Turning the Screw: Slim Thug, KRS-One, Robin Thicke, B.o.B., The Renaldo The Ensemble, Joe Budden, Slaughterhouse, Mary J., Scarface & Tupac, etc.

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: "Thug," Slim Thug

Wire To Wire

KRS-One is going to be helping out the homeless on Thanksgiving. What's the over/under on how long it takes before he starts preaching to them about how he started hip-hop- nine minutes?

Okay, we're at a crossroads. It's like, that "Shakin' It" song with Robin Thicke seems like the type of thing we would mock endlessly. Only, we kind of like it. It's confusing. Maybe this has something to do with our falling in love with Thicke recently.

B.o.B.'s debut album has to do better than Wale's. 28,000? Really? That's all he moved in his first week? Yipes.

We get loads of music-related junk in the mail. Sometimes it's cool, like the PitchControl TV Mixtape DVD we received Saturday evening that's stuffed with video of Houston rap. Sometimes it's awful (we've got a smidge of tact, so we won't name any specific artist here). About two weeks ago, we received a CD from a group called The Renaldo The Ensemble. Really, we don't know how to classify them - "absurdist" seems like the right word, but mostly because their PR guy said so - other than to say that they're bundles of witty fun. Check 'em out here.

Joe Budden is pissed.

Here's Slaughterhouse's "Microphone" video. And here's Em using a that same beat to prove he's better than everyone again. Speaking of, Em is re-releasing Relapse with a few new tracks.

Cam'ron said "Dipset is over." Duh. Kid Sister claims she's creating a new genre of music. That would be the "Who's This Broad Think She Is" genre, we suppose. Gucci Mane spoke on his jail sentence.

Wyclef and Cyndi Lauper? Has there ever been a less likely duo?

DJ AM's mom is saying the plane crash he survived caused his death. Can someone please call her and explain to her what "surviving" means? Thanks.

Mary J. Blige is our favorite femme-powering artist of all time. She's the best at that type of thing. And she also ranks pretty high up there on the Unintentionally Funny Scale. Here's one of her recent tweets: "Why is that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents?!"

Beanie is still hunting Jigga.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

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