Original Gangstas is a book by an investigative journalist, Ben Westoff, about the acclaimed history of how Tupac, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A, and others grappled with gangs, bad cops, and racial tension to create the defining music of a generations to come. He explores how the rap game influenced the hip-hop culture; those coming from Cali.In the late 1980’s, the emergence of gangsta rap shifted the epicenter of hip-hop and aggression against the law from New York to Los Angeles. N.W.A’s shocking success led to rivalries between members, backlash from the FBI, politics, and police, and eventually an all-out war between East and West Coast rappers. In the process, hip-hop burst into mainstream America at a time of immense social change. This was a major contribution to music history.Ben Westoff speaks of the upcoming of the rap culture and their beginning in California with four African-American locals that had been through it all and took a shot and made it. They had an influential pull on the West Coast rap community in the 1980s and ’90s. His in-depth report begins with Eazy-E, a young, sharp, womanizing Compton drug dealer who was as smooth-talking as his friend rapper, Dr. Dre, whose success emerged after he joined the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and then N.W.A. to become a defiant “turntablist (Dj) who knew what the crowd wanted but wasn’t always willing to play it. Though Ice Cube’s early rhymes clearly disparaged gang activity, after his ascent up the rap ranks from N.W.A. to Da Lench Mob and a string of successful solo albums, his career became fraught with tense rivalries, censorship. jealousy, and animosity among record labels like Death Row, Ruthless, and Bad Boy Entertainment.Adrian Sanchez12/18/178th PeriodThese problems also plagued the career of Tupac Shakur, whom Westhoff illustrates best and whom he considers “the fiercest West Coast rapper of all” Pg. 72. The death of Eazy-E was a great impact on rap culture but also taught a lot of others not to be messing around the way Eazy-E did. Eazy-E had died on March 26, 1995 from when he contracted an infection from another sexual partner, AID’s no one was happy in the rap culture of the way this hard thug was gonna go. In the book Westoff wants to show us what and how he uncovered the rap culture and to see it through the others. Now days the popularity of gangster rap has evolved so much to now it is the most liked genre of music.

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