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About Me

My new book Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap has received great reviews (including a starred review in Kirkus) and just came out in paperback. I’m 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. I’m the former L.A. Weekly music editor and senior music editor at Voice Media Group, and my 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.

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