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- DescriptionRap music from New York and Los Angeles once ruled the charts, but wadays the southern sound thoroughly dominates the radio, Billboard, and MTV. Coastal artists like Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Ice-T call southern rap garbage, but they re probably just jealous, as artists like Lil Wayne and T.I. still move millions of copies, and OutKast has the bestselling rap album of all time.In Dirty South, author Ben Westhoff investigates the southern rap phemen, watching rappers make it rain in a Houston strip club and partying with the 2 Live Crew s Luke Campbell. Westhoff visits the gritty neighborhoods where T.I. and Lil Wayne grew up, kicks it with Big Boi in Atlanta, and speaks with artists like DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez, dance-craze originators accused of setting back the black race fifty years. Acting both as investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Westhoff probes the celebrated-but-dark history of Houston label Rap-A-Lot Records, details the lethal rivalry between Atlanta MCs Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and gets venerable rapper Scarface to open up about his time in a mental institution. Dirty South features exclusive interviews with the genre s most colorful players.Westhoff has written a journalistic tour de force, the definitive account of the most vital musical culture of our time.
- Author BiographyBen 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.
- Author(s)Ben Westhoff
- PublisherChicago Review Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintChicago Review Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight372 g
- Width142 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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