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  • 2012 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published December 1, 2011

    "Bud Bundy, Original Gangsta"

  • 2007 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists

    "Ace of Spaides"

  • 2006 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published September 14, 2005

    "Rap vs. Rapture"

2007 Stories by Ben Westhoff

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  • Weirdest Rapper Alive?

    published December 27, 2007

    With his long dreadlocks, croaking voice, and penchant for zaniness, Lil Wayne is an unpredictable MC. He's also a prolific one,... More >>

  • Beanie Sigel

    published December 27, 2007

    Beanie Sigel's rough-and-ready new CD, The Solution, stands in contrast to the latest from his mentor, Jay-Z. American Gangster... More >>

  • Wu-Tang Clan

    published December 6, 2007

    Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Ghostface Killah and Raekwon have laid into Wu ringleader and... More >>

  • Lance's Gay Odyssey

    published November 29, 2007

    'NSync was so freaking popular around the turn of the millennium that even I — jaded, posturing music critic — bought the... More >>

  • Chris Brown

    published November 22, 2007

    Chris Brown has been well-known to the screaming underaged masses for a minute now, but he broke out to a wider audience at this year's MTV... More >>

  • Get Hova It!

    published November 15, 2007

    Rap's Grateful Dead? Hova? Young? The number one MC of all time? None of the above. A more appropriate title for Jay-Z... More >>

  • Soulja Boy

    published November 15, 2007

    Soulja Boy's entry in the minstrel rap sweepstakes is called, and it has... More >>

  • Little Brother

    published November 8, 2007

    "I came back from NY, nigga lost his deal/Felt sick to the stomach, almost lost his meal," Phonte raps on Getback's first track,... More >>

  • Timestable MC

    published October 18, 2007

    Consuelo Robinson is that teacher you always wished you had; kind of like Ryan Gosling without all the crack smoking. As a former math teacher at... More >>

  • Chamillionaire

    published October 18, 2007

    When did mainstream rap become more relevant than its underground counterpart? Talib Kweli and El-P released self-congratulatory pap this year... More >>


    published October 11, 2007

    Derivative, repetitive, insipid, insincere, and pandering, Songs About Girls also has the worst insert booklet in recent memory —... More >>

  • From Madvillain to Milli Vanilli

    published September 27, 2007

    On the afternoon of August 15, Allen Scott, co-owner of San Francisco club the Independent, got a call from underground rapper MF Doom's agent.... More >>

  • Talib Kweli

    published September 6, 2007

    "Conscious rap" needs to be eliminated from hip-hop's vernacular — or, at the very least, Talib Kweli's name should be stricken from its... More >>

  • Anthony Hamilton

    published May 24, 2007

    Things have never been easy for platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, neo-soul crooner Anthony Hamilton. Before briefly touching superstardom with... More >>

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