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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"

2009 Stories by Ben Westhoff

Archives: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
  • Regina Spektor

    published November 5, 2009

    Regina Spektor combines a whimsical, Björk-like sensibility with singing chops and genuine compassion, and she's usually able to effectively... More >>

  • Comrade Ambassadors

    published November 5, 2009

    Vladivostok, a city of a half-million people in far eastern Russia on the Sea of Japan, is an isolated place for a kid to grow up. A ten-hour... More >>

  • Fix Your Face

    published September 24, 2009

    Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has had plenty of side gigs over the years. Box Car Racer and +44 also featured other Blink members, while the duo... More >>

  • How High

    published August 6, 2009

    Known for their sharp and hilarious turns on albums like 1999 collaboration Blackout!, Method Man and Redman have also appeared in... More >>

  • Asher Roth

    published July 30, 2009

    Being a privileged white guy from the Philly suburbs doesn't disqualify Asher Roth from legitimate hip-hop MC status — not being able to... More >>

  • Rick Ross: Deeper Than Rap

    published June 25, 2009

    Rick Ross is the Gorman Thomas of rappers. Forever swinging for the fences, he blasts a home run once in a while but strikes out much more... More >>

  • Eminem: Relapse

    published June 18, 2009

    Having fought a prescription-pill addiction and mourned his murdered friend Proof, Eminem has chosen new album Relapse as his therapy.... More >>

  • Keri Hilson

    published June 11, 2009

    As a member of songwriting fraternity The Clutch, Atlanta's Keri Hilson has been writing hit songs for artists like Britney Spears and Ciara... More >>

  • Paul Wall: Fast Life

    published May 21, 2009

    Did high gas prices kill off Paul Wall? Not really — that's just a coincidence. Rather, the H-Town artist known for his candy cars and... More >>

  • Ciara: Fantasy Ride

    published May 21, 2009

    On the strength of Jazze Pha and Lil Jon productions like "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step," Atlanta singer Ciara rose to fame in 2004 as... More >>

  • Going Viral

    published May 14, 2009

    A virus is currently spreading among today's young people. Like swine flu, it has made life extremely unpleasant for many, but unlike the H1N1... More >>

  • Crash Into Me: Predicting the Economy's Impact on the Music Biz

    published April 16, 2009

    Richard Florida's March cover story in The Atlantic Monthly, "How the Crash Will Reshape America," offers bold predictions on how the... More >>

  • Jim Jones: Pray IV Reign

    published April 9, 2009

    While many established rappers are being downsized from major label deals to "independent" contracts, Harlem MC Jim Jones is climbing the food... More >>

  • T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz

    published January 22, 2009

    How has T-Pain done it? He's not attractive, his fashion sense leaves much to be desired (at least for those lacking Dr. Seuss/LSD fetishes)... More >>

  • Common: Universal Mind Control

    published January 8, 2009

    Despite his status as a happy, respected old-timer, Common has to rap about something, and his eighth album, Universal Mind... More >>

  • Akon: Freedom

    published January 1, 2009

    The Smoking Gun Web site exposed Akon earlier this year, unearthing police documents showing he's greatly exaggerated his arrest record and... More >>

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