11 months ago | Longform
This piece originally ran in New Times sister paper LA Weekly. Search local showings of Straight Outta Compton. Back in September, on the set of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, cameras rolled in the parking lot of the Santa Monica Civic A...
3 years ago | Longform
As a prepubescent boy in the early '90s, Horst Simco was enamored of South Florida resident Vanilla Ice. Like millions of other kids, Horst fell for the white Palm Beach County rapper's slick dance moves and outrageous style — Evel Knievel-s...
4 years ago | Music Festivals
See also: *"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain *Coachella: The Black Lips' Cole Alexander Goes Full Monty, Plays Guitar With His Ding-Dong - Ben WesthoffAt Coachella, folks come from all over the world to lose...
In Defense of T-Pain: An Excerpt From Ben Westhoff's new book, "Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop"5 years ago | Music News
For years now, T-Pain has been something of a hip-hop punching bag. Among other things, he's been accused of homogenizing music with Auto-Tune, dumbing it down, and destroying its humanity. It made sense to many, then, when a video clip showing hi...
6 years ago | Music News
When Rick Ross lumbered onto the national stage in 2006, he was something of a blank slate. Though he was a protégé of EPMD's Erick Sermon who had signed to venerable Southern labels Suave House and Slip-N-Slide, his story was largel...
6 years ago | Concerts
Is there a more beloved duo in hip-hop than Method Man and Red? Known for their sharply hilarious contributions to albums like 1999's Blackout!, they've also appeared in deodorant commercials, the stoner cult classic How High, and a short-lived Fo...