Turning the Screw: Dead End Alliance, Bun B, DMX, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem, The Kanye, Beyonce 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: "Heart of a Hustler," Dead End Alliance feat. Lil Keke and Mike D

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How bad-ass is Bun B that he can endorse a book called The Year of Magical Thinking and not get killed by snarky music blogs?

Jesus must really, really love us: DMX to appear on VH-1's Celebrity Rehab.

Then again, maybe not: Diddy's I Want To Work For Diddy readies second season. (Also, Irv Gotti is prepping the second season of Gotti's Way, but honestly, we don't remember hearing about the first.)

Jay-Z says all this Michael Phelps bashing is unnecessary. (Did he just hear about that situation?)

Remember when hip-hop used to carry enough clout that allowed it to spearhead various acts of social activism? Well, it may not be like that anymore, but hey, at least it can help lower bus fare. That's gotta count for something*, right?

* About 0.85 cents, we assume.

Lil Wayne made a guest appearance in court this past week re: those pesky gun charges. Said the judge of Weezy's bond: "It'll be a milli, a milli, a milli, a milli, a mil, a milli, a milli..."

The Kanye did what The Kanye does on a recent BET appearance.

We saw this headline and laughed a bit: "Lil Boosie Hit With Assault Charges."

Despite Chris Brown's sincerest efforts, Rihanna is dating again.

Ricky Ross has grown tired of fake-hating 50 Cent, now turns fake-hate towards Eminem. Also, doesn't the new Eminem album cover look exactly like T.I.'s Paper Trail? It's never been like Em to jock someone else. He's been slipping lately.

Jadakiss's album has been doing pretty well, but some found it rather underwhelming.

Lauryn Hill is back. Thank goodness.

Want to feel like a prostitute? Purchase Russell Simmons' "Rush Card."

Oh yeah: there's an ODB tribute in the works.

Hey, Ja Rule ain't dead. That's good to know.

Asher Roth's Asleep in the Bread Aisle is everywhere.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it:

God, we hope this is what the apocalypse looks like:

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