Original Gangstas by Ben Westoff 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 upcoming, hip-hop burst into the everyday American life, 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 made a very big impact on West Coast rap, and many people in the 1980s and 1990s. His researching and investigating began with Eazy-E, a thug, pimp, and Compton drug dealer who was a smooth talker like his friend rapper, Dr. Dre, whose success rised after he getting together and creating more music with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and then N.W.A. to be one of the most famous Dj’s who knew what the crowd liked and would get them dancing but wasn’t always aloud to play it for some individuals froun upon it. Though Ice Cube’s early raps and rhythm clearly brought up more and more gang activity, after he rose up the rap ranks from N.W.A. to Da Lench Mob and created his own very successful solo albums, his life and rap game became very dangerous with tense rivalries, among record labels like Death Row, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Ruthless. These rivalries and problems also occured in the career of Tupac Shakur, which Westhoff thinks is best and who he thinks “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.