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About Me

My new book Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap comes out September 13, 2016. I’m award-winning journalist and hip-hop contributor to The Guardian, and have written feature profiles and investigative stories for Rolling Stone, Vice, Village Voice, Deadspin, Oxford American, New York Observer, Pitchfork, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. I’m the former music editor at L.A. Weekly and senior music editor at Voice Media Group, and my 2011 book on southern hip-hop, Dirty South, was a Library Journal best seller.

ben.westhoff [at] gmail [dot] com