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Turning the Screw: Willie D, Cool Kids, DMX, Eminem, Jaime Foxx, Aries Spears, Mrs. Paul Wall, Snoop Dogg, Big Pokey 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 [email protected]. Thanks, homies.

Single of the Week: "Hearse Cadillac," Willie D

Wire To Wire

Say it ain't so: Willie D gets locked up for wire-fraud conspiracy charges, faces a possible 20 years. If we were D's lawyer, we would opt for the insanity plea by playing the Geto Boys' entire Mind of a Lunatic album really, really loudly in the courtroom.

Last week, Rocks Off's Ray Cummings whittled The Cool Kids' latest mixtape from 21 tracks down to the best ten. It was a solid dissection; read it here. And download the entire mixtape for free here.

DMX is out of jail... and he's back in.

Did you know that Eminem recorded a hard-to-find debut before he did

Did anyone else see Paul Wall's wife on that E! TV show, Rapper Wives, talking about his then-permanent grill? We've got our fingers crossed that the aforementioned Cummings, who currently does the weekly American Idol blog post, begins a Rapper Wives chronicle.

Louis Vuitton totally busted Rick Ross for wearing bootleg merchandise.

Snoop Dogg has a card that allows people to mail him marijuana, apparently.

Eminem is looking to help some laid-off auto workers by... taking them to L.A. to see Jimmy Kimmel Live live? What? Ummm, how about helping them find a job or paying some of their bills instead? Seems a little more helpful.

We've always kinda liked Silkk The Shocker, so we were excited when we read this.

NEW MOS DEF ALBUM FINALLY COMING THIS SUMMER!!!

Introducing the new anti-gun campaign spokesman: T.I.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

Big Pokey, "In Yo' Pocket Freestyle"


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