Turning the Screw: 5th Ward Boyz, Scarface, Da Brat, Del, Kid Acne, M.I.A. 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.

Single of the Week: 5th Ward Boyz (above), "Situations": We were feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend.

Wire To Wire

If you’re a supporter of Barack Obama, and you happen to be a rapper, do Scarface a favor and just shut the hell up for a while. Yet another example why Face is one of our favorite rappers.

Look, if Da Brat (right) ever says anything to you to intimate she is displeased, and she happens to be holding something hard in her hands at the time, you can assume

you are about to be coldcocked

. Remember when she pistol-whipped that one chick for

refusing to move out of the VIP area

? People just don’t learn.

Because we’re so badass, here’s the link to the new, free Del The Funky Homosapien album.

And to negate our aforementioned badass-ness, we gladly introduce you to the guy currently in the heaviest rotation in our iPod: Kid Acne.

Remember when JonBenet Ramsey’s mom was on TV talking about how she wants her daughter’s killer to be found, but couldn’t manage to squeeze one single tear out? This kinda feels a lot like that.

Method Man weighs in with an earth-shattering observation:

Hip-hop was better in the '90s

. You know what else was also better in the 90’s? Yep, you guessed it: Method Man.

This guy probably isn’t going to be terribly popular in jail.

Perhaps if Damon Dash had not spent so much time being in everyone’s music videos, he would have been able to pay his house note. We know those two are related somehow, we just can’t figure out how. Hell, we’re not scientists.

Omar Gooding is a rapper? The same Omar Gooding who was in Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper? What the shit, man?

No way are we missing this: DMX is getting his own reality TV show.

Bless our hearts, there’s going to be a New Jack City sequel. Original screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, not at all pleased, successfully uses the phrase “wack juice.”

M.I.A. is not affiliated with terrorists… says M.I.A.. Is dressing like a dumb-ass terrorism? If it is, then we’d have to say we disagree.

Three Pointers

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

Texas Money Boyz, Rappin And Trappin’ 2

Kid Acne, Romance Ain’t Dead

E-40, Wake It Up - Shea Serrano

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