Turning the Screw: Chalie Boy, Royce da 5'9", Saigon, Soulja Boy, Jay-Z, Adam Yauch, 50 vs. Fabolous, Young Gunz, Method Man, Big Moe, etc.

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: "I Look Good" remix, featuring Bun B, Slim Thug and Juvenile

Note: We initally hated Chalie Boy's "I Look Good" song until we realized that he's from rural Texas. We still don't like it very much, but we've actively stopped wishing for him to get polio.

Wire To Wire

Here's the album version of that Royce track Bun is on. Cool stuff.

Before this past weekend, we had never heard of Atlanta rapper Donnis, but we're going to assume he is either terribly unsmart, or a big, big fan of irony, seeing as how he just signed with the imprint Fool's Gold Record Label.

Dear Saigon, We've never been a fan of yours. Then we listened to that "Fatherhood" song and watched the accompanying. No joke, it is beautiful. Well done, sir.

Soulja Boy was arrested. That's funny.

Jay-Z reiterates his desire to work with Liam Gallagher of Oasis. Said brother Noel: "Good fookin' luck."

Questioning the validity of MTV's "best rapper" list that placed Jay-Z in the No. 1 spot: Jay-Z.

Talib Kweli, Madlib, The Kanye and MF Doom have a collaboration track together. We've yet to hear it, but we're 85 percent sure it will be better than "Forever."

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is hopeful that Beastie Boy Adam Yauch will not be dying of cancer.

We've always had a bit of a crush on battle rapper Serius Jones, so it's good to see him putting on some proper music that isn't terrible.

N.E.R.D. added a female to their group. What? Three guys that were widely respected as quality music makers have added a marketable femme to the mix? Great. We're looking forward to their impending wholehearted selling out-ness. From heretofore this will be referred to as "pulling a Black Eyed Peas."

Fabolous says his tweet about 50 was totally taken out of context. That seems reasonable, until you read said tweet, that is: "It's interesting to c 50 Cent unite wit NY artists when he's 1 of the reasons NY hip-hop became so isolated and crumbled...Do u agree NY??" Not sure how that can be taken any other way than as a jab.

Remember the Florida councilman that wanted to ban hip-hop concerts in his town? He's in big time backpedal mode right now.

The Young Gunz are plotting a comeback, which begs the questions: From what? Don't you have to be established and then fall off for something to be a comeback? Perhaps it'd be more accurate for them to say they are plotting a come?

Dre's Detox is turning into rap's Chinese Democracy.

Meth could face nearly four years in prison for tax evasion. That lady he shot with the pellet gun is going to get a good laugh out of that, we imagine.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

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