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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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  • Wu-Tang Clan

    published December 13, 2007

    Wu-Tang Clan's fifth album, 8 Diagrams, comes at a time of group strife. Raekwon has called Wu ringleader and beatmaker RZA a "hip-hop... More >>

  • Band of Horses

    published November 8, 2007

    Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell writes lyrics that are drenched in utopian platitudes ("Lucky ones are we all, till it is over") and... More >>

  • Lance (Big Mouth) Bass

    published October 25, 2007

    'N Sync was so popular around the turn of the millennium that even I—jaded, posturing music critic—bought the band's second album,... More >>

  • Beirut

    published October 11, 2007

    Twenty-one-year-old Beirut frontman Zach Condon is too young to have any stories of his own, so he imagines other folks'—usually folks... More >>

  • Spinner's Relm

    published October 4, 2007

    Mike Relm—a bespectacled Asian DJ who wears a suit and tie while he spins—is single-handedly introducing turntablism to parts of... More >>

  • Chamillionaire

    published October 4, 2007

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

  • Kanye West

    published September 20, 2007

    Kanye is the most exciting man in rap because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent and Akon—Kanye tries... 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 >>

  • Ladybug Transistor

    published August 16, 2007

    In April, Brooklyn indie-rock outfit The Ladybug Transistor lost their drummer, San Fadyl, when he suffered asthma-related complications at his... More >>

  • Anthony Hamilton

    published May 10, 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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