Ben Westhoff
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Ben Westhoff

Ben Westhoff's book "Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap" has been translated into multiple languages and received multiple printings.

He's an award-winning journalist and writer-at-large for The Guardian whose work has also appeared in the Library of Congress, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Vice, Oxford American, Pitchfork, and others. He's the former L.A. Weekly music editor and senior music editor at Voice Media Group. He's a contributor to the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, and his 2011 book on southern hip-hop, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop, was a Library Journal best seller.

Westhoff has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Entertainment Journalism Awards, Religion Newswriters Association, Best Music Writing, Best of Southern Food Writing, L.A. Press Club, and the Missouri Press Association. He has been interviewed as an expert commentator for CNN, BET, A&E, and ITV.

Email him at ben.westhoff at gmail and sign up for his mailing list at benwesthoff.com.

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Best Sellers

    • Original Gangstas

    • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
    • By: Ben Westhoff
    • Narrated by: JD Jackson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 290

    A monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, rap needs more of these!

    • By Maxine on 11-28-16
    • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
    • By: Ben Westhoff
    • Narrated by: JD Jackson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 09-15-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 305 ratings

    Regular price: $29.65

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