Turning the Screw: TxHustla, Beanie Sigel, Lil' Wayne, Ciara, Kanye, Tupac, Akon, Usher 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
“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.
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.
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 CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):