Ben 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."
"Dirty South is a must-read for anybody interested in hip-hop's ever growing role in America's cultural consciousness." Forbes.com" "Packed with lively reporting and colorful social history...doesn't shy away from the bigger questions. Westhoff grapples with Southern rap's troubling racial politics and takes on the critics." Rolling Stone" "Unprecedented in its research of the origins of Southern hip-hop, this gem is key to understanding the catalyst that caused the 21st Century Dirty South explosion."The Source" "Westhoff offers an excellent introduction to hip-hop in the South that will be informative and enjoyable for both newbies and those familiar with Southern hip-hop...A great introduction to Southern hip-hop, and a fun book for those familiar with the genre and its artists." Library Journal" "A fascinating exploration of the musical and personal terrain of what has come to be known as the Southern sound of rap." Publishers Weekly"