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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Roots' tour bus crashes. ?uestlove's immediate response: blogging.
Russell Simmons champions Hillary Clinton. We're not entirely sure how we feel about that.
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.
Too $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
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 CDs out this week you otherwise never would have heard of (but are available on amazon.com nonetheless):
40 Cal, Leader of the New School
Onyx, Live Overseas
- Shea Serrano