Turning the Screw: Patrick Sims, Lil Wayne, Notorious, Suge Knight, Wale, Just Blaze, Devin the Dude, Klondike Kat 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.
Wire To Wire
Okay, okay, we get it, Lil Kim: You're not a fan of Notorious.
Speaking of, we saw Notorious and it wasn't nearly as bad as we assumed it would be. (It did something like $21 million in its first weekend.) To help you percolate until you get a chance to check it out (read: it comes to Redbox), here's the link to Forever, a better-than-average Biggie Smalls mixtape.
"Hands Up Thumbs Down"
Baltimore's club scene looks like it's about to go all Houston Rap 2005. It's okay, we suppose. But after listening to it for about 40 seconds we pretty much want to jam a pencil into our ears. Here's a sample (above).
Former Bad Boy Mark Curry releases book, drops bombshell that Diddy is a shrewd businessman. (The cover is pretty dope, though.)
On the off chance that you haven't yet listened to him, you really should check out D.C. rapper Wale. He's killin' it right now. (Click to read his Press interview from back in August.)
Just Blaze was able to settle the beef between Joe Budden and Saigon, saying "Well, you know, us mediocre-at-best rappers have to stick together."
Little Brother's Phonte was not a fan of The Kanye's 808's...
More Free Music: Junclassic's EP Late Nites & Early Mournings
Yung Joc is releasing his third album via Jive Records. "Why?" respond Jive execs.
If you've never seen them, photographer Peter Beste, most often identified with his Norwegian Black Metal scene photography, has some dope, dope shots of the Houston rap scene.
Houston Rap Video of the Week
Because you either missed it or forgot about it.
"Suicide," Klondike Kat