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Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"Even if you only barely recognize the names in the full title...you can still understand and enjoy Ben Westhoff's new book." --Andrew Matson, Seattle Times
"[A] consistently entertaining and enlightening chronicle of hip-hop below the Mason-Dixon line." --Martin Caballero, Dig Boston
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I just finished reading Dirty South and loved it, especially the final section where Westhoff writes about the populist nature of Southern hip hop and its connections with Delta blues. To me, it represents the tone of the entire book, which celebrates the joy of a being a fan, while keeping a faithful eye on a much bigger music history perspective.
For many years, I have been immersing myself in reading about and listening to the "popular" music forms of American 20th century music. What continues to strike me over and over are the connections among all these forms--ragtime, blues, jazz, rock and hip hop--and the similar paths they have all taken in their quests for "legitimacy."
Hip hop is the one form of music I have struggled to understand as I have been going through this process of educating myself. At Christmas this year, my 26-year old daughter gave me an oral history of the first decade of rap, and after finishing, and enjoying, that, I happened to pick up this book. Now, I have begun spending time listening to many of the artists in the book and enjoying much of what I'm now hearing with new, enlightened ears.
I credit Westhoff's combination of thoughtful research, entertaining interviewing, and unapologetic passion for hip hop for helping me break free from my prejudices. It's been fun and I plan to share this book with my students this fall.
But sixteen years later I think it's safe to say that the entire globe now knows what the dirty south had to say and knows a whole lot more about the Dirty South. Why? Because artists hailing from below the Mason-Dixon Line have dominated the hip-hop industry for the last decade, and they have created a new standard for the culture. For those who want to understand how the dirty south changed hip-hop, Ben Westoff has written a new book to tell you all about it.
The book is titled Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop. And in it, Westoff tells the stories of the artists and the cities that gave hip-hop its soul.
Dirty South answers Pimp C's question, "What you know about them Texas boys", through the stories of the Geto Boys, UGK, DJ Screw and the SUC, Paul Wall and the Swishahouse movement. Westoff interviewed Scarface and learned more about his tricky mind and he also took a journey with Trae into a Houston strip club to learn more about the SUC.
In Dirty South, Westoff talks about how he stalked Luke Campbell to get an interview and then found out what really happens on stage at Luke's concerts.
From an interview that Westoff conducted with Eightball & MJG, Dirty South is able to decode the term most oft used by southern rappers - pimpin'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could use a bit more interviews or insider knowledge, doesn't offer you much you couldn't find out on WikipediaPublished 19 months ago by Mark O'Donnell
This is a book I needed for a college class, it arrived on time, it's a great read! Very pleasedPublished on January 28, 2013 by Andrea D. Craven
this is a good book and if you want hip hop you got it after you read this amazing book before i got the book i thought it would be lame but i was wrong very wrongPublished on December 28, 2012 by Nijah Jackson
An entertaining read. I'm still not sure why Nelly is in this book and I don't agree with the verdict on DJ Smurf but this book is a quick and entertaining read.Published on September 2, 2011 by Dominick
KIND OF HARD TO GO WRONG WITH A BOOK THAT STARTS OUT WITH A SUBURBAN WHITE BOY PARTYIN' WITH THE 2 LIVE CREW. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by Jimmy 3