Dirty South by Ben Westhoff
OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop

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Acting as both investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Ben Westhoff journeys across the southern United States in a small Hyundai to document the phenomenon of southern hip-hop. The exclusive interviews with the genre’s prominent players take many forms—watching rappers “make it rain” in a Houston strip club, partying with The 2 Live Crew’s Luke Campbell, visiting the gritty neighborhoods where T. I. and Lil Wayne grew up, and speaking with DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez along the way. The celebrated but dark history of Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records, the lethal rivalry between Atlanta’s Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and the venerable Scarface’s memories from time in a mental institution are just a few of the textured and tricky subjects explored.
 

About Ben Westhoff

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Ben Westhoff is a former staff writer for St. Louis's Riverfront Times, whose work has also appeared in the Village Voice, Creative Loafing, Spin, and Pitchfork.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 322 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Journalist and hip-hop enthusiast Westhoff delivers a fascinating exploration of the musical and personal terrain of what has come to be known as the Southern sound of rap by such artists as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, and Ludacris.

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Serious hip-hop fans may know much of the history and anecdotes Westhoff shares in Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, And The Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, but it’s a zippy read, bolstered by fresh interviews and a coherent argument.

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The Seattle Times

Even if you only barely recognize the names in the full title — "Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop" (Chicago Review Press) — you can still understand and enjoy Ben Westhoff's new book.

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PopMatters

While Dirty South can certainly be valued as a significant scratch on the surface of southern rap music studies, there are oversights that situate this work into similar lines of previous hip-hop commentary: the serious lack of women emcees (what, we can’t rap?!), little attention to the contribu...

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Twin Cities Daily Planet

Now, when it seems like all is right in the world of hip-hop (short of your standard boasts and disses), Ben Westhoff’s new book The Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop (Chicago Review Press) introduces a new, lesser-known clash between the...

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