Turning the Screw: Surreall, Asher & Cudi, Eminem vs. Mariah, Slum Village, Young Jeezy, Ghostface, Nas, DJ Hero, Guerilla Maab, 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: "#1 Dame in the Game," Surreall

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Kid Cudi continues his rapid ascension to stardom, scores gig acting on an HBO sitcom. Saw him in concert this weekend. That's a bad boy fa sure. And Bun B cosigned Asher's performance, which makes Asher good in our book.

And the award for the best example of life imitating art goes to Drake, who tore up his ACL at a recent concert. In case you're totally just not with it, he played a wheelchair-bound character on that Degrassi TV show.

Yipes. This is a perfect example why you do not poke Eminem with a stick. Mariah, you have officially been ethered.

Good video of Slum Village paying homage to their fallen member Baatin.

Apparently, Jeezy does not think highly of DJ Drama anymore.

You know what's crazy about the Fat Joe Releases Upscale Looking Sneaker For the Economically Disadvantaged Via K-Mart situation? People are so retarded that, despite the fact that it's a cool-looking shoe, they are going to completely ignore it just because it's affordable. Guaranteed, if Joe tacked on an extra $100 to the price, they would sell out overnight.

Not an advocate for wife-ing hoes: Friday's House of Blues visitor Ghostface.

Jay-Z with an MJ tribute at the recent All Points West festival.

Nas was "a hell of a husband and a hell of a dad," says Nas.

Joell Ortiz's "Food For Thought" video is better than the actual song itself. We're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it's definitely something.

New mixtape music from Snoop coming soon.

Man, Tupac's people are all about exploiting his legacy.

A special edition of DJ Hero - which we just know had to have been described as "Guitar Hero for black people" at some point during its pitch meeting - will feature Jay-Z and Eminem.

Houston Rap Video of the Week

Because you either missed it or forgot about it.

Guerilla Maab, "Rise"

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