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Awards

  • 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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  • Bloodsuckahz

    published June 28, 2006

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  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published June 21, 2006

    Mixtapes. Everyone's handing them out, but what are they? In the ol' days, they were Maxell cassette masterpieces, aimed at winning over that... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published June 7, 2006

    DJ Kaos was fired from Clear Channel's local hip-hop outpost The Beat (100.3 FM) last August. (For background see "Kaos Theory," published... More >>

  • Crackdown in Belleville

    published May 24, 2006

    Neal Connors is bullish on Belleville. The 42-year-old suburban-Chicago native arrived in this city of 41,000 ten years ago and quickly fell in... More >>

  • Yo! RFT Raps

    published May 24, 2006

    The fledgling morning shows on St. Louis' two hip-hop stations — The Beat (100.3 FM)'s Dee Lee Morning Show and Hot 104.1 FM's... More >>

  • Running on Empty

    published May 10, 2006

    Contact the author ben.westhoff@riverf ronttimes.com More >>

  • Obscurity Knocks

    published May 10, 2006

    Yo! RFT Raps The latest issue of inBox magazine features reviews of the latest Killa Skillz... More >>

  • Emo-tional Breakdown

    published April 26, 2006

    It takes a lot of time and dedication to unearth, research, analyze and create excessive hype for all of the next-big-thing bands out there.... More >>

  • Responsibility Matters

    published April 19, 2006

    Almost immediately after you pull up www.beerinstitute.org, the Web site operated by the Washington,... More >>

  • Scalped

    published April 19, 2006

    Shortly after the Cardinals' debut at the new Busch Stadium sold out, the Internet scalping derby commenced. The online ticket bazaar More >>

  • Full Court Press

    published April 12, 2006

    Atmosphere frontman Slug and St. Louis producer DJ Crucial met in 1998, after the former performed at the Gargoyle and the latter convinced him to... More >>

  • Hungry, So (Not) Angry

    published April 12, 2006

    For record labels, videogames and music are a match made in target-audience heaven. EA Sports pushes major-label names in rock and hip-hop on the... More >>

  • Ace of Spaides

    published March 22, 2006

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  • Homslice: Earthworms

    published March 1, 2006

    Blunt-wielding-yet-sensitive hippity-hoppers Earthworms are Black Patrick, DJ Mahf, Mathias and Kama (the last two are fresh from the ashes of... More >>

  • Trash Talk

    published February 22, 2006

    Jerry Witter moved to St. Louis nearly two decades ago with hopes of becoming an artist. Instead, he settled on becoming the king of recycling... More >>

  • One Swill Game

    published February 8, 2006

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  • Aerial Erotica

    published January 18, 2006

    To the strains of Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher," Michelle struts onto the Hustler Club's main stage. Her toned, pale figure is adorned with... More >>

  • Kafe Kibosh

    published January 4, 2006

    The Hip Hop Kafe's time had come. In the spirit of the Hard Rock Cafe, the developers of the Northwest Plaza entertainment center planned to... More >>

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