@ben_westhoff

  • @ben_westhoff
    2 March, 2015

    N.W.A.'s Bodyguard Joe "KJ" Fierro Dead at 61 http://t.co/i3A5SYPscp

  • @ben_westhoff
    2 March, 2015

    Ballin out of control RT @ozlifeadvice happy people traits 1 open minded 2 helpful 3 intellectually curious 4 unselfish 5 healthy 6 generous

  • @ben_westhoff
    2 March, 2015

    Remember in that song when Eddie Vedder said "violins" but it also might have been "violence"? He was the first rapper.

  • @ben_westhoff
    27 February, 2015

    There are so many good podcasts these days you don't even need to date.

  • @ben_westhoff
    27 February, 2015

    @AndreaDomanick no you didn't

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  • 4 hours ago | Goodbye

    Joe Fierro, a bodyguard for N.W.A. who was known as KJ Mustafa, died yesterday in Pleasanton, California. He was 61. Fierro was right in the thick of things during the Compton-based gangsta rap group’s most volatile years. As head of security for ...

  • 4 months ago | Hip-Hop

    Snoop Dogg is no longer an active gang member. In fact, renouncing his formerly violent life is what he's about these days, and his Snoop Lion and Snoopzilla personas have sought to showcase a more socially conscious, peace-and-love Dogg.  Bu...

  • 4 months ago | Hip-Hop

    In the conventional rap narrative, a star is born out of the 'hood, overcoming his circumstances to achieve fame and wealth beyond his dreams. But he's then confronted with a choice: Does he remain of the 'hood? Sure, he can afford to buy a nice h...

  • 5 months ago | G-Funk

    Rapper Kurupt is a Philadelphia native who moved to South Central at age 16. He gained local fame as a battle rapper, and outside of the Roxy one fortuitous night met Snoop Dogg, who helped launch his career on The Chronic and Doggystyle and in hi...

  • 5 months ago | Goodbye

    Some sad news: Today is my last day as L.A. Weekly music editor. Ok, so for some of you that's terrific news. Nonetheless, I am horribly sad about the whole thing and will miss everyone terribly. I'm leaving to embark on a project that's not ready...

  • 5 months ago | Hip-Hop

    Not long ago, turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist went all the way up to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where they picked through the 40,000-piece-strong archived vinyl collection of Afrika Bambaataa. On Friday, DJ Shadow and Cut ...