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Turning the Screw: Soulbrotha, Slim Thug, Will Smith, Lil Wayne/Michael Phelps, Jodeci, DMX, MC Hammer, Yungstar 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: "Viva La Revolucion," Soulbrotha

Wire To Wire

Slim Thug says March will be highlighted by the release of Boss of All Bosses. Scarface is on there, which is great. Paul Wall is on there too, which makes us want to run through a wall. 

Will Smith, the greatest actor of all time, would like to portray Barack Obama on the big screen. Said Smith: "If I am ordered by my Commander-in-Chief to star in a film about him, I will do my duty as an American." He then added, "And if they wanna call it I Am Legend 2 and have a whole crapload of super-Republican zombies, then bring those undead bitches on." (The original I Am Legend totally owned.)

Joe Budden (right) and Saigon are still bickering back and forth with each other. Somehow, the world continues to rotate on its axis.

Immortal Technique, M-1, and a whole bunch of rappers most people aren't concerned with because they're not named The Kanye or Weezy, held a Gaza relief fundraiser concert this weekend. We've been reading a lot about this. And we've been thinking a lot about our conversation with Mohammed Al-Farra.

Death Row Records is officially sold.

Lil Wayne says that he gave an entire iPod's worth of unreleased music to Michael Phelps as a gift. No joke here. That's pretty damn impressive.

Wayne also gave $200,000 to a park that he frequented when he was a child. Which begs the question: how much does a friggin' slide cost?

So Kelis is having Nas's baby. And it means so much to him. Because there's nothing more precious than to raise a fa-mah-le-hee-ee.

Just in case you missed that.

DMX, who received 90 days in jail for [just pick a crime], said he completed his forthcoming gospel album before being locked up. We can't, can't, can't wait for the single "Get At Me, God" to be released.

Tax accountant Chaz Mosley would like for Rich Boy to pay for the D's he's about to throw on it, files suit to collect over $300,000 from a previous court victory.

We begrudgingly report that Beyonce has managed to wedge herself onto the official Obama Inaugural Ball - she and hubby Jay-Z are headlining the thing, as it happens. How pissed would Michelle Obama be if B performed in a large champagne glass a la "Naughty Girl"

Jermaine Dupri says that he was fired from Def Jam... because he was doing such a good job?

MC Hammer has started a new website called Dance Jam, which is like an all-dance version of YouTube. Hopefully this site will do as well as his previous site,

Max B is just as good as Tupac and Biggie, says Max B.

Remember that horribly unaffecting Lil' Kim show on BET that followed her up until she was incarcerated? MTV and T.I. do not, apparently.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

Yungstar, "Knocking Pictures Off the Wall"

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