Turning the Screw: TxHustla, Beanie Sigel, Lil' Wayne, Ciara, Kanye, Tupac, Akon, Usher and More

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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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week

“Paper Planes RMX,” TxHustla

Wire To Wire

This isn’t so much interesting news as just some weird shit: Beanie Sigel (above) has a new cause: Black Kids Like NASCAR Too, But Don’t Know How to Get Into the Scene. We wonder if he’s going to be teaching those kids how to toss illegal firearms from the car.

In light of Chris Gray’s “

Mail Call

” post last week, we decided to clean out our crate as well and came across Lil’ Wayne’s


2-disc set. It’s a fairly decent compilation, but these bars are the best:

“Un-fuckin’-believable, Lil’ Wayne’s the President / Fuck ‘em, fuck ‘em, fuck ‘em, even if they celibate / I know the game is crazy, it’s mo’ crazy than it’s ever been / I’m married to that crazy bitch, call me Kevin Federlin [sic]."

No news to tie to that, we just thought it was cool.


Detroit's now-outgoing "hip-hop mayor" Kwame Kilpatrick is in a bit of a trouble over some racy text messages, among other things. Might we suggest Houston's own Bill White (above, with Trae) as his successor? He happens to be rather hood.

Timbaland and Chris Cornell working together? This is what we like to call an “Acid Trip Collaboration”: it’s either going to turn out really, really great, or someone is going to end up in a stranger’s bathtub covered in blood.

Remember when that rumor was floating around that Ciara used to be a man? Even if it were true, we still would’ve gotten down with her then, so you can imagine how excited we were when we read


. On a completely unrelated note,


has leapfrogged its way over about 20 others to become our new favorite magazine.

New Kanye album due in December. If our computer had a “Hell Yeah!” button, we’d be pressing the shit out of it right now.

Those stupid “Convict” adlibs from Akon’s songs look like they’re about to take on a slightly more authentic feel. We’ve never actively rooted for someone to get locked up before, but we won’t lie - our fingers are crossed for this one.


claims Tupac is the

most overrated artist ever

in the magazine's October issue. They better be careful - everybody knows

he's still alive

. Don't they?

Usher is going to host a series of concerts men are not allowed to attend. We're trying to confirm rumors that Ne-Yo will be staging his own "No Girls Allowed" tour.

In "Man, I Feel Like a Failure After Reading That" news, gas prices ground Diddy’s private jet.

Three Pointers

Three CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):

Hustle Simmons, Hustle Simmons

Kardinal Offishall, Not 4 Sale

Invincible, Shape Shifters - Shea Serrano

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