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  • 2014 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published September 10, 2013

    "Becoming Riff Raff"

  • 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"

2006 Stories by Ben Westhoff

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  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published December 13, 2006

    Maurice Hines, better known as rapper Raw Resse, has spent his time in hell. Already a young father when he graduated from East St. Louis... More >>

  • Hillbilly Noir

    published December 6, 2006

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  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published November 29, 2006

    Overland is home to an emerging underground hip-hop night at Just Bill's Place (2543 Woodson Road; 314-427-2999), a sprawling... More >>

  • Death of a Professor

    published November 22, 2006

    One of Uri Manor's earliest memories is his father promising to someday commit suicide. "He had been saying that for as long as I remember,"... More >>

  • Chain Reaction

    published November 1, 2006

    Jibbs, arguably the biggest rap star to come out of St. Louis since J-Kwon, believes that his fans like him for him, and not just for the... More >>

  • Prince of Darkness

    published October 25, 2006

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  • MF Grimm

    published October 25, 2006

    Is it overstatement to call American Hunger rap's Blonde on Blonde? Perhaps it's an understatement, considering that Dylan's... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published October 18, 2006

    The AOC has members all over town. Emcee Sunology lives in north county, while the crew's in-house beat-maker, Kenautis Smith... More >>

  • Liberté! Equalité! Hocké!

    published October 11, 2006

    Despite a busy off-season signing highly skilled free agents, the St. Louis Blues remain a troubled franchise. In the midst of last year's... More >>

  • Twist of Fate

    published October 4, 2006

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  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published October 4, 2006

    Holy hip-hopper Wut Metaphysical has a few standing offers. He'll rap-battle anyone, and he'll also discuss religion with anyone — so... More >>

  • Life Cycles

    published September 20, 2006

    At about 6 a.m. on July 25, 2005, Michael Katz mounted his chopper-style, recumbent bicycle and piloted towards his University City temple, Shaare... More >>

  • Urban Legendary

    published September 13, 2006

    A friend/client of mine was out with two other girls last weekend. They were meeting up with two more girls at Train Wreck in West Port Plaza.... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published September 13, 2006

    If you see Wiley Edward Price IV in the student lounge at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, do not challenge him to a game of pool. You... More >>

  • Music Showcase Schedule

    published September 6, 2006

    Best Blues Artist Bennie Smith The royal pantheon of blues guitar is... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published August 30, 2006

    What would you do if you were laid off from your job at the Ford plant? If you're Tina Winfield, you put your severance pay into your kid... More >>

  • Newsless in St. Louis

    published August 16, 2006

    It's been a rough two weeks for the collective psyche of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On August 2 Mayor Francis Slay delivered the paper... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published August 16, 2006

    Yo! RFT Raps The Frozen Food Section remains St. Louis' wackiest hip-hop collective. Formerly ganj-addled founding members... More >>

  • Ballsy

    published August 9, 2006

    Allegations of steroid use may be making San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds' life miserable, but two St. Louisans hope Bonds' pain will... More >>

  • What If . . .

    published July 26, 2006

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  • The Clown Priest

    published July 26, 2006

    On the morning of June 20, three men dressed in clown suits used a bolt-cutter to break into a nuclear-missile facility in North Dakota. Once... More >>

  • Bee True

    published July 26, 2006

    Rebecca Plasencia doesn't know what an enchilada is, which is strange, especially considering she used to be a waitress at a Mexican restaurant in... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published July 19, 2006

    Yo! RFT Raps A couple of years ago, 28-year-old Lisa Nesser divorced her husband, quit her job, sold her house and moved to... More >>

  • Smackdown in Belleville

    published July 12, 2006

    On the first Tuesday in July, as on every Tuesday, Three-1-Three in Belleville hosted Memphis-style blues pianist Derek Thomas and his band,... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published July 5, 2006

    Owing to a press-release mix-up, "A to Z" incorrectly reported in a recent column ("Close Calls," June 21) that the big-screen debut of Welcome... More >>

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