Turning the Screw: Fela Kuti, Jay-Z, Left Eye, Lil Wayne, Ed McMahon, Ciara, DMX and More

[Rocks Off now returns you to our regularly scheduled non-ACL coverage... - Ed.]

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: “Oh Slippin’,” Perseph One

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Fela!, a musical about Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti (above), might be getting a shot of B2 right in its arm, as Jay-Z and ?uestlove just might be among the backers. We assume the “B” in “B2” stands for badass.

Speaking of Jigga, did you know that nobody knew about him until he married Beyonce? Yeah, it’s true. Just ask 50.

What? You thought being dead would keep Left Eye from releasing her second solo album? Puh-lease.

At first we thought it was Young Buck that had been hospitalized, and we were all, “Yeah!” Then it turned out to be Black Moon's Buckshot, and we were all, "Shit."

Used to be we could say, “Well, Weezy may be a better rapper, but we’re better bloggers.” Son of a bitch.

Having a protest sign made by Chuck D is like having a cross made by Jesus.


Ed McMahon is going to rap? About bad credit? What the hell, man.

Busta Rhymes detained in London. Someone must’ve told them he was the guy who made 2000’s Anarchy. He should probably call Russell Crowe, as the Gladiator seems not to mind helping rappers with their international travel dilemmas.

Danity Kane just got a whole lot cooler. (At least Aubrey O’Day did, anyway.)

Ciara would like you to know that she did not pose nude for Vibe after all, thank you very much.

VH-1 declares Public Enemy''s “Fight the Power” best hip-hop song ever. That’s okay by us, which we’re sure is terribly important to PE.

DMX admitted to Florida hospital. Look for “DMX arrested at Florida hospital” headlines in about four days.


The Kanye West is involved with a hip-hop puppet show (?!) to air on Comedy Central. We’re not the least bit surprised. He’s officially topped out on the “What Kind of Weird Shit Can I Do Next?” scale.

We’re not sure what’s more surprising: that The Game and David Banner no-showed a concert in Albuquerque, or that they allow hip-hop in Albuquerque. We always assumed they were like those old people in Footloose who hated dancing.

Are we the only ones that think it’s ironic everyone is all pissed about a graffiti artist’s piece getting vandalized?


Run DMC nominated for election to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. About time. On a semi-related note, does anyone know how old Rev. Run's daughters are, because, man...

Three Pointers

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

Mac Maine, Certified Ghetto Music Stack$, Crazee and Confused Heltah Skeltah, D.I.R.T. - Shea Serrano

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