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I was hoping for a littlefrom this There was an opportunity to really take a look at cultural issues through the lens of Southern Hip Hop, but rather than dive too deeply into anything of substance, the book kind of just skims around the edges of the major issues, and focuseson profiling individual people than on developing a consistent narrative The book starts by taking a look at why Southern hip hop has developed such a bad reputation and how East West coast rappers look down on the South , but then changes gear into quick hit profiles of the most important Southern rappers of the last 10 15 years Each chapter kind of reads like a short magazine profile think a mix of The Source, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker , yet unfortunately, they don t really go in depth enough to say anything about the personality and lifestyle of the rappers that I found particularly surprising With all this said though, it s a quick read, and if anyone is interested in finding out a littleabout rappers like Gucci Mane and Scarface, there isn t a whole lot of other material out there where info on all these rappers is packaged together in one place like this. This reads less like a cohesive book than a series of long, feature profiles It makes for easier reading and the content he digs up is engaging.So overall, it s a very good book with a lot of great info on artists who don t generally get a good critical look at I had a couple minor issues with it though One was that I thought it was weird to read about things as current as 2010 as if they were history I guess I think he should ve held back on tackling Gucci Mane before the dust had really settled I think the other artists covered have already done something to make an impact But Gucci s impact, it s still hard to say what that might be if anything at all.Also, there are moments when he explicitly talks of having a sort of mission with this book to legitimize Southern rap That s fine but he accomplishes that just by telling the stories he tells When he talks about his mission, he antagonizes and dismisses rap traditionalists pretty unfairly Which makes him look as petty as said rap traditionalists.This review sounds pretty negative now that I m reading it But the book is good for sure It s changed my views of T.I., T Pain, and Lil Jon for the better The Soulja Boy chapter was a stretch but he does have a point about making music that people actually wanna enjoy as opposed to writing complex lyrics and whining that people don t wanna hear that Recommended. i like this book bec it real no lie Editorial How Southern Rappers Changed the Climate of Hip Hop The Expectations Of a RegionUp and coming rappers succumbed to the east coast sound and lyrical poise from rap initiators such as Kool Herc, Run DMC, to name a few But, UGK, consisting of Pimp C and Bun B were from Port Author, TX A city 90 miles outside of Houston would lay the framework for a sustainable and cherished piece of rap history Pimp C, the stepson of a school band teacher, possessed a classical background and an appreciation for negro spirituals and Italian sonnets That rap is noise , said his step father Arguably the reason for his soulful, church organ inspired beats with rebellious bass to complete the hip hop theme.So how did this change the climate of hip hop Gangsta rap assimilated and first exposed in the west created infatuation for a regions way of life The idea of southern pimps, swanging slabs and gold mouthed rhyme speakers gave the under developed hip hop culture something new to analyze However, as southern rap expanded to the big screen Menace II Society, Office Space, etc and became acknowledged as hip hop conflict arose Outkast appeared on the 1995 Hip Hop Source Awards they were immediately welcomed by boos from the crowd of peers.But lack of acceptance could not have happened at a better time A pivotal moment occurred when Wu Tang Clan member Raekwon, shortly after winning the Source Award for Best Group, developed a respect for southern style during his tenure in Atlanta He met Andre Benjamin of Outkast and was invited to the Dungeon Family recording studio This rare meeting resulted in a groundbreaking collaboration on the record, Skew It on the Bar B and was an immediate hit Raekwon shares, before that south wasn t played in New York Before hip hop strongly emerged in the south, the path to success was blazed by artists, such as Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, and others The general notion seemed to be you can t make it from the south in the south But southern rap pioneers such as, UGK, Geto Boys, Goodie Mob and DJ Screwed changed the persona and challenged the status quo The south re designed the big business of hip hop by exploding on the scene gaining support from their region, selling tapes out of their trunks and supporting other up and coming rappers in their community. Good book Westhoff is a great writer and obviously has a passion for the music Lots of info on artists I didn t know enough about beforehand Turned me on to some great albums My only real complaint is that many of the chapters felt like unfinished snippets, or quick glances of artists and movements that could have had their own full length books As such, at 269 pages, it s too short But it s a great introduction to these southern spitfires and their DIY ethos I also appreciated the recommended albums and books at the back. This was another interesting read about music that was an integral part of my college years However, I think it could use an update, as it was published in 2011, and it appears that most of the research was done prior to that, so it s almost like a time capsule The book references MySpace and SouljaBoy, whose stars have definitely faded in the time since the book was written, and Pharrell is almost glossed over, which surprised me Actually, I was evensurprised that Ludacris was barely mentioned at all I am not sure why he was mostly excluded from this narrative It was a good overview of a time in music when it seemed to be nothing but Lil Jon and Lil Wayne, and it appeared that they would dominate forever But times have changed, obviously. A great overview of the history of hip hop in the South Westhoff covers all of the trends from the 80s to 2010, but could have gone into greater depth on a few of the artists mentioned and definitely included a few others. good overview I read this to try and keep an open mind about a sub genre of music that I generally find repulsive I have to say that I ve got a better understanding of the appeal of this music and the stories of the artists in the book are intriguing. ^KINDLE ☠ Dirty South ☠ Rap Music From New York And Los Angeles Once Ruled The Charts, But Nowadays The Southern Sound Thoroughly Dominates The Radio, Billboard, And MTV Coastal Artists Like Wu Tang Clan, Nas, And Ice T Call Southern Rap Garbage, But They Re Probably Just Jealous, As Artists Like Lil Wayne And TI Still Move Millions Of Copies, And OutKast Has The Bestselling Rap Album Of All TimeIn Dirty South, Author Ben Westhoff Investigates The Southern Rap Phenomenon, Watching Rappers Make It Rain In A Houston Strip Club And Partying With TheLive Crew S Luke Campbell Westhoff Visits The Gritty Neighborhoods Where TI And Lil Wayne Grew Up, Kicks It With Big Boi In Atlanta, And Speaks With Artists Like DJ Smurf And Ms Peachez, Dance Craze Originators Accused Of Setting Back The Black Race Fifty Years Acting Both As Investigative Journalist And Irreverent Critic, Westhoff Probes The Celebrated But Dark History Of Houston Label Rap A Lot Records, Details The Lethal Rivalry Between Atlanta MCs Gucci Mane And Young Jeezy, And Gets Venerable Rapper Scarface To Open Up About His Time In A Mental Institution Dirty South Features Exclusive Interviews With The Genre S Most Colorful PlayersWesthoff Has Written A Journalistic Tour De Force, The Definitive Account Of The Most Vital Musical Culture Of Our Time