I Got Invited to a Friend's Divorce Party. Help!

Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!

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I CONFESSED MY LOVE FOR A FRIEND AND SHE REJECTED ME

Dear Willie D:

I'm feeling a little depressed since confessing my love for a friend who shot me down. This is someone I have known for two years, and I never let her know my true feelings because I was afraid she would do exactly what she did -- turn me down. We used to be able to tell each other everything. I still feel the same way, but I can tell she hesitates to tell me about stuff now.

I have been trying to come up with a way to get our platonic relationship back on track since romance figures to be out of the question. I still secretly desire a romantic relationship with her, but as I said that's out of the question. What can I say or do to regain her trust?


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Point Blank at Numbers, 11/22/2014

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SPC stalwart Point Blank celebrated his birthday with a release party for his new double album Saturday.
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November 22, 2014

The weather was ugly in Houston on Saturday night, with rolling thunderstorms dumping buckets of rain on the city and keeping a lot of folks indoors for the evening. But if the South Park Coalition could be stopped by a little rain, they never would have made it nearly 30 years as the foundation of this city's underground rap scene. One of the SPC's own, Point Blank, was celebrating the release of a new double album on Saturday, and the show happened to be his official birthday party as well.

Accordingly, a nice crowd of friends, family and fans (the lines between them tend to blur with the SPC) turned up with umbrellas in tow to hang out, hear the new songs and maybe even bust a move or two.


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The 10 Best Texans-Bengals Rapper Tweets

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Even though the roof was open, the angels refused to flutter down and bless the Texans
The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action.

And, as in years past, Rocks Off spent Sunday afternoon reading their game day tweets. Good thing, too. As has been the case over more than half the season, the tweets were more entertaining than the Texans. The team's sixth loss against five wins came at the hands of Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals -- but mostly Dalton and Green. On a day when even J.J. Watt couldn't score a touchdown for the offense, that was enough in a 22-13 contest that wasn't as close as it sounds.


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New Double Album? The SPC's Point Blank Has His Reasons

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Point Blank wrecks shop at the South Park Coalition's 25th anniversary show in 2012
South Park Coalition rapper Point Blank has done a lot in the past 25 years. He helped found Houston's first and most important hip-hop clique. He recorded landmark tracks with DJ Screw. He's shared a label with UGK, and he's toured overseas. And most impressively of all, he never stopped, never quit and never gave up on the hip-hop vision that has driven him professionally and creatively since his teens.

But despite his accomplishments, something still gnaws at the Blanksta. Despite a lengthy body of work, his vision still feels...unfinished.

"Sometimes I just feel like my record could have just been put out a certain way," Point Blank says, mentally checking off a series of mistakes he will never make again. "I just feel like I haven't had an album that really, from the rooter to the tooter -- marketing, everything -- just been done right. So, I feel like if that happened, everything will be gravy."


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I Want My Man to Prove He's Divorced. Help!

Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!

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DID I TAKE IT TOO FAR?

Dear Willie D:

In December of 2016, my boyfriend and I plan to get married. I'm however having second thoughts, because he has yet to produce a divorce decree from his previous marriage. When I ask him about it, he states he is indeed divorced, but the thought of coming up with the decree brings up some not so good moments.

I'm sure no one likes rehashing those kinds of memories, but I'm only asking for proof of it so that I can have peace of mind once we get married. I don't want to be one of those wives who has to risk losing everything we've worked hard for to someone who may feel like they're entitled to something that's not rightfully theirs.

I've given him until the end of next month to produce the decree, or I am willing to end it with him should he not come up with it. Am I overreacting? Am I taking it too far? Will, I just want peace of mind and to ensure I'm legally protecting what's ours.


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The Majestic Ride of Le$'s Steak X Shrimp Vol. 1

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Oh New Houston Rap column, where did you take a complete left?

Well for starters, Kim Kardashian tried to #BreaktheInternet. Then Solange got married, took a wedding photo that looked like the Final Boss fight in Knowles Mortal Kombat and that supposedly broke the Internet. Then the Smith kids, Willow and Jaden, gave The New York Times a fascinating profile interview, spouting off more yearbook quotables than anything ever put into space. We're inching closer to a world where Jaden offers the best rap disc of the year, and you really can't do shit about that.

But that's giving too much credit to things that exist outside of Houston. City-wise, every week brought forth something new, but music-wise somehow I finally ran into a brick wall and wanted to hit reset. Sensory overload; fatigue from hearing rap cats throw metaphors and similes towards their own idea of material things; hell, my own personal life -- unless you look in the right areas, you can get jaded as hell about this sort of thing.


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Just Who Is Jefe Wine, a.k.a. Iggy Azalea's Nemesis?

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NuWine goes by many names.
Throughout this fall, the weirdest Iggy Azalea headlines haven't come from her music, which is objectively mediocre, or her label boss, T.I., defending her because she's from Australia yet raps like she's from Memphis. Instead, they've all come from allegations and maneuvers pulled by Maurice Williams. Or Jefe Wine. Or NuWine. Or Wine-O, if you want to be specific.

The fun thing about all of this is how strange the headlines got, from a sex tape to a countersuit to a divorce, all in a matter of weeks. But what nobody decided to do (until now) is check up on just who the hell Maurice Williams or Hefe/Jefe Wine or NuWine or Wine-O actually is...or was.


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The 10 Best Texans-Browns Rapper Tweets

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Sure is good to see A.J. smiling again
The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on game day to comment on the home team's gridiron action.

And, as in years past, Rocks Off spent Sunday afternoon reading their tweets, just like Johnny Manziel spent his reading a playbook. Ryan Mallet was promoted to starting quarterback for the contest in Cleveland, and he wasted no time taking the Browns to the super bowl by flushing away their dreams of a win and giving Texans fans something to smile about. Here's how the game was broken down by the rappers and by the numbers:


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I Want to Get My Lip Pierced. Help!

Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!

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I'M A GUY THINKING ABOUT GETTING MY LIP PIERCED

Dear Willie D:

I have wanted to get my lip pierced for a while. I told my sister and she is against it, but a girlfriend of mine and my best friend said he thinks I should do it. I'm confused as the three people I just named are the closest people in my life, and they haven't given me a clear choice.

Being that I'm a guy, do you think people will look at me weird if I went through with it? I'm 19, if that helps.

Pierced Lip:

Being that I'm a guy, doing something like putting a ring anywhere on my body besides my fingers never even crosses my mind. I don't know about people looking at you weird, but putting a ring in your lip is an excellent way to make men who like men think you're about that life. But hey, when I was in my early twenties I briefly had my hair fried, dyed, and laid to the side like Little Richard, so what do I know?


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The 10 Best Texans Bye Week Rapper Tweets

The 2014 Houston Texans have a new coach, new players, new hope and the same dedicated fan base of Houston-based rappers. As in years past, they took to Twitter on the bye week to comment on the home team's activities.

And, it was a newsworthy week at NRG Park, with head coach Bill O'Brien benching his much-maligned starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, for journeyman Ryan Mallett. Naturally, H-town's finest rappers had plenty to say on the move and some offered Fitzpatrick some friendly, if brutally honest, parting advice:


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