Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop

By Ben Westhoff

Rap track from ny and l. a. as soon as governed the charts, yet these days the southern sound completely dominates the radio, Billboard, and MTV. Coastal artists like Wu-Tang extended family, Nas, and Ice-T name southern rap “garbage,” yet they’re most likely simply jealous, as artists like Lil Wayne and T.I. nonetheless movement hundreds of thousands of copies, and OutKast has the bestselling rap album of all time.

In Dirty South, writer Ben Westhoff investigates the southern rap phenomenon, looking at rappers “make it rain” in a Houston strip membership and partying with the two dwell Crew’s Luke Campbell. Westhoff visits the gritty neighborhoods the place T.I. and Lil Wayne grew up, kicks it with colossal Boi in Atlanta, and speaks with artists like DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez, dance-craze originators accused of atmosphere again the black race fifty years. performing either as investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Westhoff probes the celebrated-but-dark background of Houston label Rap-A-Lot documents, information the deadly contention among Atlanta MCs Gucci Mane and younger Jeezy, and will get venerable rapper Scarface to open up approximately his time in a psychological establishment. Dirty South good points particular interviews with the genre’s such a lot colourful players.

Westhoff has written a journalistic journey de strength, the definitive account of the main important musical tradition of our time.

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It used to be round this time lightbulb went off in his head: he had a strong platform to take advantage of. “I may well holiday a song,” he says. “If I performed your [music], you have been a sizzling staff. ” “COLLEGE cities in all places glance the same,” Luke says now, looking the Excursion’s window. “Same activities bar and wing locations. related Cracker Barrel, Waffle condominium. similar sexy university women. ” It’s 9 o’ clock, and we’ve arrived in Athens. There’s a hot spring breeze, and acknowledged collage ladies are spilling out of dorm rooms (no notion if they’re horny). We cross a random crew of them ready at a stoplight, led via a very comely blonde whom Luke hasn't ever noticeable earlier than. “I love you, Jenny! ” he yells, sticking his head out the window. every body laughs. The expedition pulls as much as the Hilton backyard resort, a downtown spot decidedly extra posh than the fleabag lodge I’ve reserved at the outskirts of city. I stick with the blokes in. because the promoter can pay for the rooms when it comes to one other stack of money, the clerk asks if i want a key card. ”No, I’m now not staying here,” I say, sooner than Luke cuts in. It’s both a gesture of goodwill or how to come back on the promoter for the substandard SUV, yet he insists I’m welcome to my very own room, in order that lengthy as I’m on a distinct ground than he. “When my wife’s now not the following, i've got a very good time,” he says. He fast corrects himself, “I suggest, i've got a great time while she’s right here, yet . . . ” He turns his recognition to the table clerk, a contemporary college of Georgia graduate whose cheeks instantly flush. It’s no longer that he’s asserting whatever rather salacious, it’s simply that he can’t aid himself from flirting. “I’ve obtained a gift,” he imparts later. Neither the clerk nor the bottle-blonde bartender who wanders over are very conversant in the two stay workforce, yet it’s transparent they’ve acquired a celeb on their fingers, and so we’re handled to a around of beverages on the bar. those girls aren’t simply chatting with Luke, they’re additionally chatting with Luke’s more youthful, bulkier partner, whose identify I’ve discovered is Chris. (Luke calls him his “road dawg,” and in addition the “HHC,” which i feel stands for “Honorary Hoe Coordinator. ”) however the most eldritch factor is that the women also are speaking to me. Luke mentions I’m writing a publication approximately hip-hop, which they purport to discover attention-grabbing. It happens to me that I’ve turn into a part of Luke’s entourage. As we down lemon drop photographs, the HHC breaks down the grittier standards for club in Luke’s posse. A author they met up with many years again used to be required to—how to place this—insert a golfing membership into one in all Luke’s dancers. yet as for me, i've got a decision: i will be able to both practice oral intercourse on degree or have oral intercourse played on me. As a married, STD-free guy, neither alternative bears a lot charm, yet all i will be able to imagine to do is snigger noncommittally. After in short adjourning to our rooms, we meet again within the foyer at 1 / 4 to at least one, in regards to the time I frequently go back domestic from an evening out. Luke now wears a black blouse and pants and a newsboy cap, and he and the HHC drink whatever from Styrofoam cups.

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