Turning the Screw: Von Won, Lil O, Ludacris, Flo Rida, the Roots, Suge Knight, Too $hort, The Kanye, Ghostface Killah 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 introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies.





(Churchy) Single of the Week:  "I Love You," Von Won



Wire To Wire




Hat tip to Lil' O and all of those that showed up for his "Put On for Your City" food drive. No word on whether or not he pepper-sprayed the food and had it lookin' all spicy. And we know this probably isn't related in any way to his 2003 release, Food On Tha Table, but it's not every day you get a chance to reference the emphatically goofy chorus of "Let's Get Fu**ed Up."  Which, inexplicably, is not on Youtube. The screwed and chopped version of "Back Back" (above) is, though.  


Condolences: MC Breed dies in his sleep.


Rico Todriguez Wright has officially changed the game as we know it: admits to shooting someone in song lyrics, gets 20 years in prison.



luda.JPGLudacris says he's underrated. We're confused, does underrated mean overrated?


Flo Rida is going to give away 700 turkeys to South Floridians. We're quite certain his arms will not be sleeved while he does so.


Remy Ma's attorneys do not feel that shooting someone in the stomach warrants an eight-year sentence. Fair enough, but what's the going rate for totally knocking off Lil' Kim's swag?


The Roots' tour bus crashes. ?uestlove's immediate response: blogging.


Taco Bell is suing 50 Cent, because nothing ever makes sense anymore. It really shouldn't be a problem, though, seeing how 50 can bench 400-plus pounds and all.


Russell Simmons champions Hillary Clinton. We're not entirely sure how we feel about that.




Suge Knight is really, really worked up about that earring of his that got stolen. Seems like he's got a few more pressing issues, really.


We have a sneaking suspicion that title of E-40's upcoming album, Ball Street Journal, is somehow referencing drugs, but we're not near "street" enough to figure out how. We imagine this is how Steve Carrell's character felt in The 40 Year-Old Virgin when everyone was sitting around talking about how breasts felt.


Diddy and Nelly are going to be/have been on episodes of CSI because... well, we're not entirely sure why.


tooshort.JPGToo $hort has decided to name his new live band Town Bizness. We were going to make a joke about how maybe the name Bad Idea was already taken, but that's apparently not a concern for Too $hort as a quick Google search reveals that so was the name Town Bizness. Nobody does it better, indeed.


Snoop Dogg's house was evacuated due to those California fires. We're quite certain there's a "Drop it Like It's Hot" joke in there somewhere. Or perhaps an "Arson Was The Case That They Gave Me" one?


The Kanye's run in with paparazzi (the one where he smashed a camera) is exactly the same as when Princess Diana died, apparently.


Katt Williams' mental state is not pimpin', pimpin'. We suspect doctors will eventually find that his breakdown is a collateral effect of being in Norbit.


Three Pointers


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


Ghostface Killah, Ghostdeini the Great


40 Cal, Leader of the New School


Onyx, Live Overseas


- Shea Serrano

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