New Book on Southern Hip-Hop Due in May

The South got somethin’ to say, and a new book is hoping to be an added voice.

Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop tells the tales of some of Southern rap’s biggest acts while simultaneously trying to unpack the stereotype that the music is simple or stupid. Author Ben Westhoff sat down with Luke Campbell, Big Boi, 8Ball & MJG and Scarface to try to create a comprehensive history of the area’s contributions to hip-hop. He dissects the histories and influences of artists and producers from Atlanta, Miami, Houston, New Orleans and St. Louis while also tracking the career trajectories of Nelly, Timbaland, the Neptunes, Geto Boys, UGK, T-Pain, the Hot Boys, T.I., and more.

Dirty South tells of some of the most important Southern movements and moments, from the creation of 2 Live Crew, to the rise of labels like Rap-a-Lot, No Limit, and Cash Money to Lil Jon’s crunk takeover and plenty more.

The book will be available in May of this year through Chicago Review Press. —Adam Fleischer

  • eddiesixes

    what kind of bullshit ass title is that? fuck outta here

  • Madrockz

    As far as the Book Title……..OutKast are the ONLY artist that need to be in there…….substitute lil wayne and soulja boy with UGK and Scarface……Hell T.I. wouldve been a better pick

  • Madrockz

    and i could’ve sworn St.Louis is in the MIDWEST!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://MYSAPCE.COM HELTAH SIN SAY

    FUCK THIS BOOK! WHAT MORE DO WE NEED TO KNOW! ABOUT THE DIRTY SOUTH? AND WHO WANTS TO KNOW ANYTHING? WHO CARE’S

  • el

    man 2 be honest i could care less..but scarface is a king.
    the king of the south still.

  • Los Angelez Angelz

    Well, since most Hip Hop folk don’t read, this book will fail. I’ll pick it up though on amazon. Might be a decent read.

  • http://www.lyricalsurgeon.com Doc Lyrical

    We are glad to hear that Andre Benjamin is featured in the book hopefully they ask the right questions so that he can give wisdom to the readers.

  • slimmboogie

    yeah do what yall do and hate..the south make the world move, regardless what type of music we put out..boyz from the north steal our style and run with it..for every mc yall can mention is good from the north, we got 3 that can match them..the south or nothing clowns