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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"

2008 Stories by Ben Westhoff

Archives: 2009 | 2008 | 2007
  • Graywolf Press is lone wolf in book publishing

    published October 29, 2008

    Until recently, Norwegian writer Per Petterson was little more than anobscure, aging novelist with a tragic past. In 1990, traveling on... More >>

  • Nelly

    published October 8, 2008

    Few musicians were as popular as Nelly at the beginning of the decade. His debut, Country Grammar, came out of nowhere in 2000 to sell more... More >>

  • Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo uses dark music as therapy

    published August 20, 2008

    Sure, Gnarls Barkley want you to think they're weird. It's not every day that you see a pudgy, pioneering rapper dressed up as Jeff Bridges in... More >>

  • Links to the past

    published July 16, 2008

    Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm seemingly personify the Platonic ideals of the Delta blues. Burnside explains that he was raised... More >>

  • Headlights

    published June 18, 2008

    Champaign, Illinois's finest indie rockers Headlights come to town on the heels of their blissful third album on Polyvinyl, Some Racing, Some... More >>

  • Lit Rock

    published May 21, 2008

    Despite not having much formal education, White Rabbits' bassist Adam Russell has long led a literary lifestyle. He dropped out of high school... More >>

  • Why?

    published April 2, 2008

    WHY? Alopecia Anticon Records The barrier to entry on Why?'s new CD,... More >>

  • Bob Mould finds happiness

    published March 5, 2008

    BOB MOULD District Line Anti- "It's pretty easy, actually, it just took a while to... More >>

  • The Efron Scandal

    published January 9, 2008

    With his long dreadlocks, croaking voice and penchant for zaniness, Lil Wayne is, to say the least, an unpredictable MC. The former University... More >>

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