PODCAST: Listen to Interview with Author Ben Westhoff on the Reinvention of Hip Hop By Southern Rappers
Ben Westhoff, author of Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and The Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop was the May 22 guest, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. central time on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas. To listen to the interview click here: Ben Westhoff Interview.
Dirty South reveals the roots of southern rap, examining the groundbreaking artists and labels who have changed hip-hop – and the scene’s haters.
Southern rap dominates the airwaves, and has challenged the authority and coastal dominance of the scene since the early-2000s. While it’s clearly appealing to the masses, its cultural significance has been hotly debated, and its emergence has been contentious in the hip-hop world. In 2007, original West Coast gangsta rapper Ice-T accused viral-success-story Soulja Boy of “single-handedly” killing hip hop, and he wasn’t alone in his ire.
About the Author
Ben Westhoff is a New Jersey-based journalist and critic who has written for Village Voice, XXL, Spin, Oxford American, New York Observer, Pitchfork, Creative Loafing, and the web editions of The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, NPR, and Complex.